In short: Tough, fun, 0.5 mile too long In full: I've run the Wycombe 1/2 five times but this year it's a totally new course. No longer a road race, now more of a trail run (at least for long stretches), and I thought the old course was pretty hilly but now it's REALLY HILLY. Nice scenic route, much of it on Wycombe estate. I liked the course even though I was hoping for a faster time, and although it has many merits this is certainly not a PB course. The thing that really killed my time however was this was not really a half-marathon it was a 13.6 mile course. I've run dozens of road races but I've never run a course that missed its intended distance target by such a large margin and that added so many minutes to my time. Everything seemed more or less OK (according to my Garmin) until around mile 11, at which point the miles started getting longer and longer. Garmin said 13.61 miles and other runners have reported similar results on their watches. On the other hand beautiful course, really great marshals, excellent medal and goody bag, and a good race overall. Date of review: July 11, 2016
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: Great organisation, excellent value, course challenging in a good way In full: I thought this was an excellent all-around race and I have a lot of gratitude for the organisers and the people who showed up to cheer on the runners. I was pleased with my time, even though I realize it would have been a few minutes faster on a course that was not so hilly. Still, the hills of this race are part of its challenge and charm. Attractively-designed and high-quality medal and t-shirt, and nice goody bag that was much appreciated after an energy-depleting race. Excellent and convenient on-site parking as well. My only suggestion: additional general race information could be made available online in advance of the race, on topics such as parking availability and method of electronic timing used. Helpful information was included in the brochure sent in the post with the bib number, but I didn't receive this until only a few days before the race. Perhaps the brochure could be put online? Date of review: August 5, 2009