In short: Everything ran smoothly In full: Everything ran smoothly, the commentator on the microphone was amusing and the race went off without a hitch. There were plenty of marshals and they were all very friendly and positive. There were supporters along various portions, people handing out drinks and sweets from their gardens etc. The scenery and route weren't much and there were a couple of hills so I wouldn't classify it as flat, but it won't kill you off either. My only gripe was that the parking attendants were amazingly power-happy baring in mind their only job was to suggest where to park your car - lighten up gentlemen you're waving your arms at cars, not auditioning to be the next Prime Minster! Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: Very Enjoyable In full: What a great race! A really good mix of people and an excellent course. Sponges and water points at frequent points, and I stripped a couple of minutes off my PB in only my second half marathon. Date of review: July 24, 2014
In short: Excellent event, generous and well-organised, great fun run for kids In full: I ran this for the fourth time in 2014 and enjoyed it as usual. Both my kids did the fun run. I love this race. It's simple and hassle-free (e.g. easy parking near the start, easy to register kids for fun run on the day) and well-organised. The medal this year was nice and the best I've seen in this race, and the t-shirt and goody bag were again great. Also, the kids' fun run medal was excellent and higher quality than in previous years. The big hill at the very beginning is tough but you make up for it with an equally steep downhill portion later. And once you're over that hill, the rest of the race seems relatively easy.
If you're concerned about your time note that the chip (attached to your race number) records when you cross the finish line but not when you cross the start line. So in effect your chip time is your gun time. This is not ideal since it overestimates the time of most runners. However there are so many great things about this race that that ends up seeming like a relatively minor drawback.
In short: What goes up must come down In full: A thoroughly enjoyable run - I even liked the killer hill at the start and there are some good downhills too. Well organised, very friendly marshals, a cracking medal, a great technical t shirt and a bumper goody bag. What great value. Well done Handy Cross Runners :-) Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: Loved it, will do again but please get some portaloos! In full: This was the first time I've done this race. I opted for the 10k over the half but I reckon I'll be back next year to do the half. Nice course, varied with the climb at the start followed by undulating road and a steep downhill through a single track lane later on. The first half of the course is on closed roads, with open roads later on, but as there wasn't too much traffic around this didn't cause any problems. The only negative for me was the queue for the loos at the start. I arrived in the park at 09.00 for the 09.30 start and went straight to the back of the long toilet queue. There's only around 4 public loos which isn't enough - the guy doing the commentary said there was around 1000 runners! After standing in line for a while the ladies in front of me noticed a sign nearby saying that there were more toilets around the corner in the ladies changing rooms. One of the girls went to investigate and came back as there was also a large queue there and apparently 2 out of 3 of those loos were blocked. Some people nearby who we're doing the half were clearly concerned at running for two hours without using the loo first - I don't recall seeing and portaloos on the route map for the half? As it got nearer to 09.30 some people gave up waiting and I managed to get in and had to sprint to the start line afterwards, arriving there with about a minute to spare. 30 minutes waiting for the loo pre race really isn't good enough, please arrange for some portaloos for next time!!! Goody bag: nice medal & option for engraving at the finish line. Nice wicking t shirt which I'll actually wear for running unlike some of the cotton tees you get at other races. Bag also had water, Mars bars, and Apple and orange, pistachio nuts, sweets, tea pigs and lo salt samples, Pantene samples.
The drinks stations gave out cups of water on the way around instead of bottles, this didn't bother me as I was doing the shorter race but due to the humidity if I had done the half I would have preferred bottles which I could carry and sip to the next station. They were giving out sponges at the first station and finish line which was a nice touch.
Overall I really enjoyed this race & it will be on my list of 'mustn't miss' for next year. I'll just make sure I use the loo in town first!! Date of review: July 21, 2014
In short: Slick organistion from Handy Cross Runners & brilliant support make this an unmissable race! In full: The residents of Wycombe, Loudwater, Flackwell Heath & Bourne End turned out in force for another year and made it as if there was encouragement coming at every step! A great atmosphere. Excellent marshalling; and I was entertained by the chatty Scottish guy on the mike at the start & finish!
Only *slightly* negative points about the race are:
1. Queues for toilets! Invest in some portaloos as there simply aren't enough in the buildings that are there on the Rye already. 2. Unattended baggage vans. Not sure if this was just how it was intended, but it wasn't clear if you were supposed to just leave your bag, or hand it over and get a tag. 3. Chip timing is used, but only (I believe) "gun to finish", not full start to finish. If HCR can do it for the Marlow 5, why not for the Wycombe races? (Given that the start & finish are in the same place)
I should stress that these are minor points and did not detract from my enjoyment of the race - one that I've done for 11 out of the last 12 years. One of the best-value races around - quality t-shirt AND medal, plus goody bag. Unbeatable. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Glad to be able to do it again In full: Climb high and reach the Rye! Thankfully the organisers arranged for cloud cover during the morning which helped a lot. Good atmosphere and challenging at the start. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: The hills are alive with the sound of runners In full: I like this race a lot. I love the hills even more. Well organised, great support from the people of High Wycombe, nice medal, goody bag and technical t shirt. A brutal hill at the start which added to the challenge but nothing too bad after that with a few ups and downs. Date of review: July 24, 2013