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Humph's Hilly Half Marathon

Saturday 17th June 2017 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 £16 (+£2 for unattached runners) with £2 extra for race day entries.

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 race will again form part of the Gloucestershire County Road-race series.

This year we are supporting Katharine House Hospice.

Katharine House Hospice
Start of the 2014 Humph's Hilly Half

Photo by Gary Holton

The notoriously tough Humph’s Hilly Half in 2016 took place on Saturday 11th June; a couple of weeks earlier in the racing calendar than usual, but still as hot and muggy.

As part of the Gloucestershire County Road Race Series, it always attracts some of the top local runners. 2015’s winner, Anthony Bailey, from Cheltenham and County Harriers, retained the title with a conclusive win in 1:16:11.

Douglas Wight of Almost Athletes, gave a good chase for 2nd in 1:16:39, after managing to make a break away from Woodstock Harrier, James Bolton who finished 3rd in 1:17:03.

The MV45 category was won by David Cantwell, also of Woodstock, who just edged out Bourton’s own MV45 Mike Smith, with respective times of 1:22:14 and 1:22:22.

Gloucester’s consistently top MV50, Jeremy Mower again took the first prize in 1:22:41 and Bourton’s Chris Krzywiec showed strength for 1:23:31.

Rob Webster of Woodstock completed the first team in 11th place and 1:26:40.

Evergreen Garry Payne of Nuneaton Harriers again won his MV55 category despite injury problems earlier in the year with a great time of 1:28:04.

Donna Allen of Hook Norton Harriers clinched first lady home prize in 1:31:01, while in 2nd lady place and 1st LV40 Kate Krzywiec had a fantastic run, looking like it was no effort at all in 1:36:07.

The Goodwill family from Bourton had a bit of a battle throughout and while Robin managed to lead for some of the race, experience showed through as dad Tony came through first in 1:35:35, only a few seconds ahead of Robin in 1:36:00. The family was completed by Kevin a little further down the field and wife Jackie, marshalling!

Vet 70 Tony Shelbourn of Cirencester continues to run amazing times most young people can only dream of, winning his age category in 1:38:37.

Rowena Verity LV50 of Bourton is still showing superb form following on from her London Marathon success, winning her age prize 1:39:34. Samantha Rees took the LV45 prize home for Hook Norton Harriers in 1:43:25 and Victoria Kennedy of Almost Athletes won the LV35 prize in 1:48:20.

Bourton’s Margaret Hollamby made a great comeback from her illness after last week’s race to win the LV60 category in 1:52:47 and complete the first ladies team.

David Saunders of Dursley won the first MV65 in a time of 1:53:39. Jenny Garth of Swindon finished 1st LV55 in 1:55:16.

Bourton’s Dave Turnbull and Graham Lane finished in good times of 1:56:40 and 1:59:08, while Liz Hulcup did a great job as back-marker bringing everyone home safely in 2:39:27.

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.

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 201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005 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.

Hilly Half Flyer

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 is again Gill Carrick, who is supported by Steve Hudson as race entries secretary. Gill may be contacted at and Steve at

Hilly Half 2016 Leaders

Eventual race winner, Cheltenham’s Anthony Bailey, holds-off Woodstock’s James Bolton, who finished third.

Bourton's Mike Smith

Bourton’s Mike Smith battles with Chris Krzywiec and Gloucester’s Jeremy Mower, who was the eventual victor of the three.

Kate Krzywiec Hilly Half 2016

Kate Krzywiec on her way to 2nd Lady, first LV40, in a fine time of 1:36:07.