In short: It's not a road race! It's not even 13.1 miles! In full: With the old course put to rest I had hoped for a more forgiving race but this was bigger challenge.....had expected a road race but got a XC / trail run with just a few miles on Tarmac.....not what I signed up for a felt misled and ultimately not a opportunity to practise pace running! 3x unplayable hills spoiled the route as did the uneven ground....worse still for all the slick organising the course measured wrong by over 0.5 miles which is an amateur mistake.....if Wycombe wanted to change a race for the better then I suggest you think more about the type of race you are trying to offer and make it true to the discipline.....after 6x entries to date and a repeat subscriber, you have one less for next year. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Getting Bigger In full: I have run Henley since 2002 and the race has grown every year. It is a fantastic course and well worth the effort but with the 10K & Half sharing facilities then I personally think Henley needs an update. Still no secure Bag store and the toilet facilities are getting stretched in the last 45 mins. As I know the area I dont use the race car park and therefore have no issue, did try the car park one year but it is a long walk and makes it a slow get away at the end. Due to the increased entries there are now a few bottle necks and although I love the race it was better with less entrants. If this keeps growing then other areas will need to be improved but overall, it is well organised with friendly marshalling and well worth the effort. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Lots of Challenges In full: As a seasoned runner this was only my second run at Wycombe but I do love how well organised and how good all the facilities are. This race is easy to get to, easy to park, toilets are plentiful and there are good changing and shower facilities. This is topped off with the best goody bag and there as well as a T shirt and an impressive looking medal! Wycombe: what is your secret because the entry cost is one of the lowest!!
The race itself is very challenging so dont expect a PB, but always worth trying to come back and improve on this course. Big hill at the start as well as ups and downs throughout, top this with traffic and pavement running makes it all the more tiring.
For me thats what this race is about and I cant recommend it enough.
Well done to all the marshalls and organisers. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Superb! In full: Love this race! Well organised, Good Marshalling, plenty of water stops and the sun always shines!! Event Best for me to do but doubt I will ever do a PB here as it is a challenging route but that is the appeal! Well done to all those associated with Wargrace 10K as you do a superb job!! Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Premature In full: OK, So the weather has been bad this week and yes we all had to anticipate that the race might be cancelled however, The forecast for the weekend was always suggesting improvement and considering the slush on Friday, it looked unlikely that we would have another blanket of snow. I think the organisers got there decision badly wrong considering todays weather was almost perfect for this race (I personally did a 10 mile run with friends with ease). We also should note that Wokingham has had some real bad weather in the past that we have run through so why cancel so early? Why not, advise people to check back as it is likely to be cancelled but leave the decision until as late as possible? Making a decision on a Friday morning 48 hours ahead of the race in England in Winter is a huge dissappointment. I hope Wokingham can redeem themselves and re-schedule this race. Date of review: February 8, 2009
In short: Worth the challenge! In full: Marlow is one of the toughest half marathons due to the hills but the challenge adds to its appeal. Well organised, great marshalls, facilities sufficient and overall a great race. This was my third time and will be back for more. Date of review: November 2, 2008
In short: Its all about the hill! In full: This was my 6th Henley Half and the hill never gets any easier! The race had perfect wheather this year and the course is still fantastic. To offer some constructive comments though, I would look at a few extra toilets or at least not make some off limits to runners. Starting on the feild has always been the worse part especcially with all the cow pats on there. Marshalling was good but did Knock down a load of cups when taking a cup whilst running, the end was chaotic which is crazy when you have all that space, medal was rubbish and no mars bar or goodies of any kind? Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: Well Done Bracknell In full: This was my third Bracknell and depressingly my first race in over 70 starts that I failed to finish due to a muscle tear at Mile 10.
Full credit to Bracknell though, the facilities were excellent this year, bag drop was easy, car park easy, started on time and toilets were plentiful. Enthusiastic and encouraging marshalls all the way round and my own kids loved handing out the water near mile 5.
Unfortunately, I had to drop out at 9.5 even though I was on for a PB for this course but wanted to thank the marshalls, who made sure I was looked after and dropped back at South Hill park.
Well done Bracknell you genuinely deserve credit this year, keep the standards high! Date of review: April 27, 2008
In short: Dull In full: The first 4 miles were dull and tedious due to passing the same ground in an industrial area. Well organised and equipped race but the route could be more interesting than this, long time to get out of the car park at the end. Dont feel inspired to come back but well done to all the organisers you were all excellent. Date of review: March 21, 2008
In short: Getting Bigger and Bigger! In full: This was my 6th Consecutive Reading and the race is growing in capacity every year, Reading is a superb half marathon, good water stations and marshalling etc, but the same complaints this year as last year! was nothing learned from the complaints?
Baggage tents are a joke, so many smaller events with large fields get this right so why does Reading make such a mess of it?
Queing to put your bag in and jammed like sardines trying to get your bag back.
Apart from this, everything was slick and although the course is now crowded, Reading still offers a fast half with a big finish.
I will be back, I will just leave my bagin the car! Date of review: March 2, 2008