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Humph's Hilly Half Marathon

Saturday 11th June 2016 at 6pm

We are now taking entries for this year’s Humph’s Hilly Half Marathon, and you can enter online at EntryCentral.

The race head-quarters will be at Bourton Rovers Football Club, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire (opposite Birdland GL54 2BN ).

Race Entries will be accepted on the day, although a supplement will be payable. Late entrants will still be eligible for prizes. Blank entry forms will be available at the Race Headquarters. Runners must be at least 17 years old on race day and must be able to complete the course within 2 hrs 30 mins. Entries £15 ( + £2 for unattached runners ) with £2 extra for race day entries.

The race will form part of the Gloucestershire County Road-race series, and incorporates the Gloucestershire County Championship Half Marathon. To be eligible to compete in the County Championships and receive a county medal, athletes must had to have been born in Gloucestershire, resident in the county for at least 9 months or serving in the county in H.M. Forces for at least 9 months.

Congratulations to Anthony Bailey of Cheltenham & County Harriers (1:15:02) and Shona Crombie-Hicks of Bourton Roadrunners (1:25:31), the 2015 race winners. The full 2015 hilly half race results are available, including a print-friendly version for you to download.

Once again, Humph’s Hilly Half Marathon, was a triumph of organisation and athletic performance. The rain paused for just about long enough to see the 159 participants safely home, having travelled up and down through the villages of Clapton, Sherborne, Windrush, Great Barrington and Great Rissington.

Our own Shona Crombie-Hicks took the Ladies’ title for the 5th consecutive year, in 1:25:31, over 7 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed lady: Liza Barry (CLC Striders, 1:32:16). Amber Bullingham (Almost Athletes) was 3rd Lady in 1:33:54.

Ewen Smith re-found his form following many months out with injury, storming around the course in a personal best time of 1:20:59 (7th overall and 2nd MV45).

Other Bourton prize-winners were Claire Harrison (1st LV35 in 1:37:18), Graham Lane (1st MV60 in 1:52:09) and Dave Turnbull (3rd MV65 1:56:07).

There were other superb performances by Chris Krzywiec (1:27:16), Darren Long (1:29:43), Mike Hobbs (1:30:57), Kate Krzywiec (1:40:17), Hannah Maclean (1:43:52) and Lynn Hudson (2:09:20). Once again, Liz Hulcup did a sterling job of accompanying and encouraging the tail runner, whilst at the same time earning points in the County Road Race Series.

Finishers were greeted with a host of post-race goodies, including bananas, nut snacks and a limited edition buff (to wear with pride for years to come).

After the race, organiser Gill Carrick thanked “Steve (and Lynn) Hudson for entries and results (and Ali), Richard for putting up all the signs, sorting out the water, taking them all down again, Dennis for sorting out all of the marshals, Ewen for donating the bananas and water, Jo Lewis for supplying the sponsored nut snacks, Hacklings for their sponsorship of the race, and all the people who marshalled and generally supported”.

Start of the 2014 Humph's Hilly Half

Photo by Gary Holton

There were prizes for the first 5 men and first 4 ladies. Prizes for veteran men and veteran ladies in 5 year age categories. A veteran runner who runs faster than a younger veteran may take their prize. Thus, the veteran age categories are effectively “over 40”, “over 45” etc. Also, first men’s team and first ladies team with both teams 3 to count. Team prize winners must be first-claim members of their club and must wear their club’s colours. The individual prize will be based on the highest prize value. In addition to a single individual prize there is also the best Age-Graded run by a Man and Lady using the WAVA 2010 tables.

We have a selection of 153 photos for you from earlier year’s races - click on the picture below to start the slide-show. Use the control-bar either to watch the whole show or manually page-forward. Please feel free to download any.

Once again, the race follows a single loop, starting and finishing in Bourton-on-the-Water.  A notable picturesque route through the pretty villages of Clapton, Sherborne, Windrush, Great Barrington and Great Rissington. We have a selection of photos and maps showing the course.

The start of the 2014 Humphs Hilly Half

We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone that supports the race, including all of the runners and our many supporters, including St John Ambulance, Gloucestershire Highways and our sponsor John Hackling (Transport) Limited, that make the race possible.

Results are still available for the 20152014201320122011201020092008200720062005 and  2004 races.

Background

The Hilly Half was introduced in 2004 to replace the Bourton Classic 15 mile race, which had been running for over 20 years.  So far it has proved to be a good move.

Entry to this year’s Hilly Half Marathon is available through EntryCentral.

Enter Humph's Hilly Half via EntryCentral

Please download a copy of the race information sheet.

Our race permit has been applied for, with its details shown here once issued, and will be on display at the Race HQ on race day.

This year’s race director was again Gill Carrick, who was supported by Steve Hudson as race entries secretary. Gill may be contacted at and Steve at