Helen Vizard finished the 10k in 54:58
“After a long walk to what I thought would be a start line the horn sounded. I continued to walk as the crowd of people in front of me left me no choice. Eventually I realised there was no starting timing mat, so started to work my way though the field of runners. I was in no rush today. Still feeling tired from jet lag from my holiday today was just a training run. I slowly picked up the pace and enjoyed a few hills along the way. The last mile was a lovely hill to finish on. But when I got to top I decided to pick up the pace to run round the field and head for the finish line with maximum effort. A lovely Sunday run in beautiful countryside.”
Jackie Kent finished the half marathon in 1:54:25
“My overriding thought about Burnham Beeches is, it was hilly!!! I’ve done this course before but don’t remember it being so hilly! It’s a lovely course though, through the woods and country lanes. I’d recommend it, especially if you like hills!”
Angela Foker finished the 10k in 1:04:30 (although we suspect the event timings are off!)
“I enjoyed the Burnham Beeches 10k, it is in a lovely setting and a nice route through lovely countryside, slightly undulating! The organisation and marshals were excellent. Nice medal and my name on the finishers Tshirt. The only negative for me was that although the 10k runners had chips on for timing we started away from the main field where the half marathon started so the timings were gun rather than chip timings plus my husband and I ran the whole race together, crossed the line together and his time was recorded as 1 minute faster!!
Mark Foker finished the 10k in 1:03:33
“It was a well turned out event and very well organised. Me and Angela ran the 10K and thoroughly enjoyed the experience…although, for anyone thinking of doing the Burnham Beeches 10k or half marathon, just bear in mind that you need to be half mountain goat!! To say it was a tad hilly is an understatement. Great day though as ever the running community were giving other runners huge encouragement.”
Nigel Evans – finished the half marathon in 2:00:00
“This was a new event for me and I was running it with my Step Son Olly and Dave Bartlett. I had heard good reports but due to preparing for Ride London 100 I had really only been on the bike since the Endure with very little running. I was slightly apprehensive because I had heard it was a hilly course. Dave kindly drove using his VIP parking which meant we had a very short walk to the start which was in the field at Caldicott School. The race area seemed very well organised with some stalls and a BBQ if you fancied a burger for breakfast. The Half Marathon started at 9.15 with the 10k starting after. We met up with Jackie Kent in the car park and at 9 we all headed to the start.
At 9.15 we were off being cheered out of the school by all the 10km runners which was great. The course is described as a “Scenic 2 lap course full of lovely undulating hills” If I was in a car I would agree not so much on two feet. Dave and Jackie looked strong so at around 5k I dropped back and settled into a steady pace with Olly who was running his first half Marathon for over a year and was feeling the pace and hills. I really liked the course which was on closed roads with a nice section of Burnham Beeches woodland paths , plenty of friendly marshals ,and 2 water stops which used the small soft pouch water bottles which I prefer. The course does have some challenging hills especially towards the end heading back up to the school but the first lap shows you what to expect so you can pace accordingly ready for the tougher feeling second lap.
Olly was happy with me dragging him round in sub 2 hrs with a time of 1:59:59 but he must have crossed the line a fraction before me because I failed to get sub 2 with an 02:00:00 which really made us laugh and he hasn’t stopped mentioning it since although I did point out that my knees hurt because I was running so slow and he is 18 and I’m 53. All in all I really enjoyed the course (learn to love hills) and the atmosphere and would definitely do it again.”