In short: Nicely done for a relatively small local race. In full: Wasn't sure whether to wear road or trail trainers but the chap who advised me beforehand that the course was roughly half-and-half was spot-on!! I went with trail shoes and was cursing the decision at 2.5 miles (ascending a pretty steep hill on a road surface) but was very glad of them for the last sprint around a field! The course is broadly half up and half down - with a VERY steep downhill at 3m (the ground just dropped away from underneath me!) - but there were still some undulations to come in the second half to keep you working right to the finish. Held as part of the area's charity weekend, so a nice "village fete" type atmosphere. Positions went up on a chalkboard at the finish and you could collect your certificate and fill in your own position. Date of review: August 4, 2014
In short: The only race I've run where you have to evade an alligator and a tiger! In full: Gorgeous race held on quiet country lanes and across open moors. Full marks to whoever put out the mile-markers as they were pretty much spot on with my Garmin! (Yes, I know they're not meant to be 100% accurate ...!) Lots of encouraging marshals. Very helpful race director. Brass band playing in the middle of the moor at around halfway! Bit of a stinger of a long drawn-out uphill at 7 or 8-ish miles ...and the last mile was all a steady uphill, which was draining at that stage. Mixture of road surface and hard-packed tracks. Nice jolly atmosphere at race HQ. Fantastic tech t-shirt! Fun run for kids before the main race. Well worth the long journey :-) Date of review: August 4, 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: Fantastic 5k series In full: Thanks to Fred, Stephanie, and the entire crew for another successful LP 5k Series. The course doesn't seem to get any easier, but the series does seem to be growing in numbers, deservedly so. A very pretty run on a mildly challenging course, and a lovely atmosphere at the start and finish. Good stuff. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: I'm voting again as I've run all 3 in the series so far and they have been consistantly good each time! In full: Very welcoming, very friendly, very well-organised. Deserves to have as many ladies running in the final race (14-08-14) as have done all 3 in total so far! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Tough - but fun! In full: I ran the Ashridge Half 3 weeks before the Badger Half and would say that they are very similar in terms of terrain, hills, and scenery. I’m hoping that even next week’s Wycombe Half, with its one notorious hill, will feel easy compared to these two!!
Badger HQ (Denbies Wine Estate) was easy to find from the A24 and well-equipped in terms of parking. On-the-day entry was available (for £25) and smoothly handled. There were minimal queues for toilets. The route itself starts with a lap of the Estate - running on grass or earth, and I thought (hoped!) that THAT might be the tough bit of the course!! A brief respite with a mile or 2 on flat pavements, then we started to climb uphill on a wide road with faster runners visible as tiny dots way above us in the distance! Varied terrain included plenty of tree roots waiting to trip you up if you didn't keep an eye out for them. We had a bit of everything with the weather – hot sun, bit of a breeze, even a shower of rain, but the woods provided shelter and cover. Directions were clear (yellow signs and orange arrows on the ground), though the mile-markers seemed a little erratically-spaced to me; starting out by being more than a mile each time and getting closer together towards the end of the race. The marshals on the course were incredibly vocal and encouraging, and realistic rather than optimistic about the challenges that we had still to face! The undulations didn't really let up until about 11.5 (?) miles in, at which point I realised that we were basically heading for home. The last mile or so can be covered fairly quickly if you've any energy left! The finish-area crew were *all* very congratulatory to *every* runner coming through the finish funnel, which I've not come across before to that extent! They made it sound as if they were pleased that every single runner had finished their race, and they really were keen to know that everyone had enjoyed themselves.
Slices of melon, pineapple and orange were very welcome at the finish, as a change to the usual bananas or Mars bars; and a lovely "Badger" t-shirt to wear at the next race! It is easy to see why this race has the excellent reputation it has. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Excellent race! In full: I'm sure they've actually cut out some of the worst hills from previous years' Bushey races! I enjoyed the course probably more than I expected to. At around half-way, when you really start to need a bit of a boost, the marshals around King George Recreation Ground were fantastic and provided the encouragement I needed for the next 5k! The goody bag was a nice cotton bag with a medal, banana, water, pen, so good value. Race results available immediately by computer so you knew your chip time and positions right away. At race HQ, number collection and bag drop were very well-organised, and again the marshals there were cheery and helpful. Full marks :-) Date of review: July 8, 2014
In short: A 140-mile round trip to get there and back... In full: ... a lovely day out and easily lived up to and exceeded expectations. Excellent facilities, brilliant HQ, very encouraging marshals ... and a nice unique memento (shot glass). Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: A very nice race, away from traffic (but not "off-road"!) In full: As it was traffic-free and parts of the route were canalside, I was expecting a tougher cross country/multi terrain race, but actually a lot of it is on paths and proper hard tracks, hence the PB potential being relatively high. The cattle creep itself (a tunnel under the canal, used for ...cattle!) wasn't the hold-up I'd expected, either, as it comes late in the race when runners are already spread out. Race HQ was well-equipped, atmosphere and marshals were excellent, and it all seemed to run very smoothly. Results were up promptly the next day. Good stuff. Date of review: June 27, 2014