In short: It's the attention to detail that makes this race great In full: 7th time I've run this one and it's as good as ever - definitely my favourite local race.
It's the little things that make the difference : - Friendly marshals - Top quality t-shirt with an Olympic "theme" this year - Well designed medal with the course on it - Still cheaper than most other local races
In short: Well done Handy Cross Runners! In full: Lots of great things about this race, the course is excellent, the big climb at the start does make you work but after that it's more flat then down or up, vocal support along the course keeps you going along with the great marshalls and volunteers at the water stations the finish was good nice and wide lots of supporters out, nice goody bag, great medal and nice t-shirt (over advertised on the back for my liking), results were up by the time i'd finish and the weather held which is a bonus. Well done again to everyone involved. Date of review: July 17, 2012
In full: I chose this as my second half marathon. It was as tough as I'd heard, especially the infamous hill at the start but I did enjoy. The course didn't have masses of support but the locals who did turn out were lovely. Very well organised and run, good marsalls. Thanks Handy Cross! Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: My first half - enjoyed it! In full: Enjoyed the race and grateful that the challenging hill was at the beginning. Still had enough fitness from spring marathon training to make a reasonable attempt at the distance. T-shirt and goody bag make it excellent value for money. Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Simply an Excellent race In full: Brilliant organisation, great Goodie bag (worth more than the actual entry fee), good support on the course. If only they could flatten the first bit of the course a little bit... Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Yet another well organised race In full: I've now done this 5 out of the last 6 years and really appreciate the work that goes into the event and the improvements based on feedback from previous years. e.g. we had a couple additional road closures over the last third of the course which was helpful. Local support was fantastic and the overall atmosphere was great.
Highest marshall to runner ratio I've seen. Highly recommmended.
Only minor improvements required: there were still a couple places where we had to dodge unnecessarily aggressive drivers. The km and mile markers are sometimes way off the real markers (I think the measured ones are painted on the road). Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: That hill doesnt get any easier... In full: Again, a well organised race. The hill stops any chance of a PB for most, and I dont find it an easy course. But for some reason its an enjoyable race, good support, lots of marshallls and helpers. Well done Handy Cross... Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation, great atmosphere and commentator, tough course. In full: Ran this for the first time in 2007 and have been back every year. Its a tough course with a good hill at the beginning. The commentator always raises a smile and the atmosphere is great. One of the best value for money races out there with an awesome goody bag to all finishers. The medal is also top notch! Great race, will defintely be back next year. Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Well organised, friendly with enough undulations to keep it challenging. In full: Huge thanks to Handy Cross runners and Grant and Stone for this well organised and friendly event. I enjoyed the course - yes, even the killer uphill in the first mile and downhill just before the halfway point. But then I like hills! The route back from Bourne End seemed to go on forever, but was flat and could put in some fast, even mile paces. Water and sponge stations were plentiful and well placed. Cheery marshalls helped make the day as the other support was fairly limited. The medal was one of the best I've received - had a copy of the route on it which I thought was great. The technical tee-shirt and other goodies in the bag would put other, much more expensive races to shame.
In short: An event well worth the effort In full: Despite the warnings about the 'hills' the only one of note was the first one - most folk ( at the back )walked this. The rest of the route was flattish or about half way decidedly downhill! Support albeit sparse and intermittant was vocal in the housing estates and along the roads which were traversed.Back-up was good and marshalling was excellent and encouraging. The medal , t-shirt and goody bag were very good. Overall , compliments to the organisers on a well run event which really was a pussy cat in wolf's clothings. Date of review: July 16, 2012