In short: Not a scenic course, but tough and challenging. Well organised, good friendly atmosphere and some nice little touches In full: Having done this in 1993 and 1994 I was pleased to see that my memories were correct. A grassy first 1/2 mile preceeds a one mile climb with 250ft of elevation. Then a long period of general downhill and the final 5 or so miles along the flat. The course is not picturesque, at times the path is too narrow but there is an underlying friendliness and calm pleasure with this race. Well marshalled throughout and plenty of water stops ensured on a humid day it was (just about) bearable.
The finish was on grass and loads of spectators. The finishers medal was (for a race with less than 1,000 finishers) one of the best I have had in years - sponsor name, date of race, club name and map of the course on it. The club had obviously taken the time to think about it. Plus a tshirt and other goodies meant it was value for money. Will I be back - yes at some point. Date of review: July 17, 2007
In short: Good organisation, goody bag, never a pb with that hill and time of year In full: The hill killed me, which I had anticipated, but I then thought I'd catch up the time downhill. However took me until Mile 4 to feel human, by which time the pb was long gone really. Nice course, apart from uneven pavements and parked cars arrgghh!! Last mile and a half tough again, seemed to take forever. Great goody bag, nice people :) Date of review: July 17, 2007
In short: I will be back next year In full: Hot and humid weather, they could have added a couple of water stations and have a bit longer gap between sponge and water out handing it felt a little stressful. Otherwise I have nothing to complain about. A great job from the organizers as usual!! Thanks!! Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: it hurt but i loved it In full: we will be back next year for the goody bag alone! organisation great marshalls cheery. I had to walk the first mile and a bit more later, but really enjoyed the course. well done everone Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: Wonderful Wycombe In full: The organisation and value for money of this race have to be seen to be believed and combine to make this, to my mind, the best half marathon in the Bucks/Berks area.
The race is brilliantly organised in every single aspect - a perfect start and finish area, loads of friendly marshalls and an excellent commentator.
The 2007 medal was top quality - showing a detailed map of the course and alone would have been good value for the £11 entry fee. Amazingly, there was also a goody bag containing : A well designed T-Shirt, soft drink, water, apple, orange, 2 pens, chocolate bar, cereal bar, sweets, 3 free visits to the local gym AND an aeroplane shaped stress toy !!!
Some people moan about the hill at the start and the fact that the last few miles are boring but, whilst a PB might be out of the question, the race is a pleasure to run in.
Well done to Handy Cross Runners...your race is a credit to your club.
In short: Mile one hill, definitely a challenge In full: After the hill at mile one, a pretty good course, wicked little hill at mile 12! Very well organised. Could have done with some more water after the 11th mile, it was very humid. Date of review: July 16, 2007