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
In short: Worth every ache and pain I am experiencing today! In full: This was a fantastic event. I was born in Wycombe, and it was wonderful to run round my birth place. The atmosphere was superb. Great encouragement from the marshalls and spectators. The water stations were well organised, apart from at one where the water tasted a little iffy...but still when you need a sip of water its better than nothing! The goody bag was generous, and also got a lovely medal and t-shirt. The hilly bit at the start of this race is a great warm up for the muscles. In advance I had run up marlow hill once a week, and found I coped with the hills well due to this. I so want to do this run again next year! Thank you to Handy Cross runners who organise this event. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Very well organised, rather hilly In full: It's just as hilly as I remembered. Lots of encouraging marshalls and loads of water points. Fantastic goody bag, very bling medal and technical T. Loved the race announcer commentary 'we've got 24 degrees today, yes, thats 12 degrees in the morning and 12 degrees this afternoon'. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: A great race with excellent organization and good value for money In full: Second year running this race and enjoyed it even more this year. The race is well organized, starts on time, loads of supportive marshals and a great goody bag at the end.
Well done Handy Cross Runners and Grant and Stone. Looking forward to next year. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Incredibly well organised with great support In full: Surprised by how big this race was. Everything was immaculately organised and lots of marshalls making safe what would otherwise have been a tricky route. Lots of support out on the course and at the finish and the most generous goodie bag I've ever had anywhere. Thank you to Handy Cross Runners and Grant and Stone! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Can't fault it in anyway In full: Very well run event. Good encouragement all the way around. Feared the worst after the tough climb upto 2 miles but flat or downhill after that. Enjoyed the steep downhill section. I think we earnt it. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: The best, toughest 10k you could get In full: As others have already said, excellent organisation, well marshalled, tough course and good freebies at the end! Living in MK could have done the NSPCC Half...but why when you can get a great race and better value for money in Wycombe?! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: One big hill , then mostly flat or down hill ....very well organised In full: Excellently organised and gets the big hills over and done with in the first quarter with the rest flat or downhill. fantastic encouragement from the organisers and marshalls. great goodie bag and the only race organisers I am aware of that provide a technical T at the end which guarantees for once I will actually wear it ! Very pleased to finally run a course I always used to support as a child . Great effort Handycross Runners! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Home town race that always delivers In full: Probably the only must do race of the year for me these days. A summer without doing either the half or the 10k isn't good...luckily only 2007 have i missed either in the last 10 years.
Well polished, so much so that adding the 10k a few years ago worked seemlessly.
Incredible goody bag, nice medals, and free t shirts, different versions of each depending on which race you'd done. Great effort there.
Very tough course, probably as tough a road race as you'll find really, at least in these parts. Very varied though, steep hill, rolling countryside, undulations, even steeper shorter descent, couple of residential miles, round a lake, and then grassy finish...lovely.
For the guy who said the start is narrow..behave yourself. It's the widest start I've ever seen in 120+ races! It might narrow a little, but only after 600metres or so when things have eased a bit. If you want to see narrow, try the footpath at about 6.5miles in the half.
All round a great race. Pleased to come 6th in 36.47 today. 57 secs off the pb, but anyone pbing here has got a soft pb! Date of review: July 17, 2011