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
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