In short: Tough hill but after that it's fine In full: The initial hill sorts the men from the boys and if you're running the half, you get to enviously watch the 10k runners peel off for their shorter lap at the 3 mile point but those distractions aside it's a very good race around some not too bad scenery.
Can't fault the organisation, loads of water stops, started on time etc.
I don't care about goody bags but this race was good value in that regard. T-short, good medal and loads of trinkets in the bag was a good return on the entry price.
The start and finish is on the Rye and there were enough stalls and concessions to make it feel village fete-like. Had the weather held up then it would have been an even better atmosphere.
You're unlikely to get a pb unless you're on course for better times than you achieve here but it's a great hard effort for an Autumn marathon at the right point of the season.
All in all a very positive experience and well done to the organising team.
In short: Well organised race as always In full: This is worth turning out for - great organisation: parking, sign-posting, marshalling down to the goody bag. Local support all along the route. Tough course in the beginning and the end but that is part of the challenge. Great job again by Handy Cross Runners. Date of review: July 19, 2011
In short: well organised, and great goody bag. In full: i enjoyed this race a nice atmosphere good organisation. and a worthy goody bag, t-shirt, and medal at the end. and managed to miss the heavy rain. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Challenging, well-organised and uplifting! In full: First half marathon for me, and what a great experience!
The Wycombe HM is extremely well organised. The task of starting the HM and 10K at the same time causes no problems. Nowhere on the course did we slow down because of bunching. The course was very well marshalled and sign-posted and the watering stations were excellent! Marshals and spectators alike were very enthusiastic.
I knew about the hill at the start as I'd done the 10K the year before. The course snakes up Marlow hill and so never gets too steep. This does a good job of stretching the field out. The rest of the course is fairly flat and the long road from Bourne End to Loudwater presents no issues.
It's strange being able to see the finish line with 2km to go, but the spontaneous enthusiasm of the crowd and announcers never waned and I even got a name check at the finish!
15 quid for such a well organised race, t-shirt, medal and decent goody bag is hard to beat.
Can't really fault the effort put in by everyone involved! Well done and, injuries permitting, see you next year... Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Great race but killer hill at the start! In full: First things first - that hill! Very steep in places & quite winding. There were a lot of walkers were I was in the pack so had to weave in & out but that didn't really slow me down, the hill did a good enough job on it's own! Just pleased that it was at the start rather then having to tackle it when at exhausted at the end.
Plenty of parking in a field. The toilets were part of the leisure centre but judging by the queues there probably could have been a few portaloos to boost the numbers.
The organisation seemed pretty good & the medal & goody were amazing! Nice to finally get a technical t-shirt from a race. Lots of other little goodies too.
Because of the good organisation, great goody bag & value for money I would defintely like to do more of their events. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Great Race - climb high and reach the Rye In full: My 2nd attempt at the Half marathon on a course that runs past my front door so I don't have any excuse for missing it!
As others have said, the hill start gets you nicely warmed up very early on but then it all settles down nicely. Good local support and excellent marshals make the race a pleasing experience for all. The cooler weather this year was also a bonus.
Water stations were well distributed and as for the goodie bag - well it is very generous. Nice chunky medal too!
The commentator has rightly received a lot of complimentary comments (did you see what I did there?). Anyway his comedy stylings got things going in the right mood and apparently kept spirits high throughout the morning. I'm not just saying that because he gave me a name check on the sprint for the line either!
Will be back for more for 2012 - excellent job, Handy Cross Runners! Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Best Value Half so far In full: Really steep hill at the start but after that pretty easy going. Great atmosphere at the start/finish even with the poor weather. Most generous goody bag I've had for a UK race and best value ever. Would definately recommend. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Big hill followed by easy course. Lovely park ending. Great organisation In full: Ok - the bad bit. The hill! Everyone mentions it and rightly so as it's a killer. I am a slow starter and always run the second half of a race quicker than the first so the hill was very tough. The good - After the main climb there's no other climbs of note for the whole course and except for a tight footpath around half way it's a well designed and runner friendly route. The park setting for the start/finish is lovely with loads of room and a cracking final sprint! The really good stuff - Really well organised event which is well supported and a goody bage worth collecting unlike some events. And finally a mention to the course commentator who is a legend and worth the entrance fee alone. I'll be back next year. See you there. Date of review: July 18, 2011