In short: physically, mentally & strategically challenging In full: Whenever I do this race (3 times now) it dawns on me again that you really need some stamina in the last 3 or 4 miles with the incline. The bit around the back of the Rye at the end to the finish seems to go on forever but once you're over the line you get an excellent goody bag and medal (and good technical tee-shirt this year) The chip timed results were up on a notice board very speedily... I'd recommend this race to anyone Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: A flat course doesnt guarantee a fast course In full: It had all the frills and fantastic goodie bags, t-shirts and medals that the Wycombe Half had but sorry I didn't enjoy it. I came as others had flagged the fast pb course but I was disappointed. The start was too congested 1400 runners crammed into a 4m wide path with fencing either side. More gaps were needed in the fence to allow runners to get into the pens. The course itself was a very twisty turny through the streets of Marlow. This for me made it difficult to keep the pace going. Lots of sharp bends where others were jumping up and down kerbs to go quicker. The whole race reminds me of the bits I hated about the the Wycombe half i.e the dull hosing estates. Thankfully the roads were closed which meant a mostly traffic free run. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: The first mile is a killer In full: If you don't like hills (or a big hill) then this is not the Half-Marathon for you. I must say I was taken by surprise with how steep the climb on mile 1, which just threw me out of my stride completely. Other than that, the organisation was very good and the area is nice. I might come back but not my favourite Half, surely. Date of review: July 20, 2011
In short: First time at Wycombe - I'll be back for the Goody-Bag !! In full: First time doing this race. I was pre-warned about the first hill, but it was still tough climbing 300ft in just under a mile. Nice !! Other than the hill, what an excellent race. Can't fault any aspect really. Great Medal, excellent Goody-Bag, great Marshalls, interesting but tough course and very good start/finish area organistation and setup. Well done to the organisers - see you next year. Date of review: July 20, 2011
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