From 2019 the annual half marathon and 10 kilometre races, this year held on 14th July, will be renamed The Hell-Fire Half and 10k.
The name change reflects the unique opportunity runners have to run through the historic West Wycombe Park, home to the Dashwood family and the infamous Hell-Fire Club, also referencing the “undulating” nature of the course.
Starting and finishing at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers FC, the half marathon route will take participants out towards West Wycombe before turning through the gates of the West Wycombe Park and through the National Trust grounds past the majestic house.
Runners will then head, via roads and woodland tracks, to Wheeler End and Bolter End, enjoying the quiet, twisting, country lanes to Frieth, before turning towards Lane End and heading back towards West Wycombe.
Here the views over the Chiltern Hills are breath-taking, looking out towards the famous Golden Ball and Mausoleum before once again heading through West Wycombe Park and back for a stadium finish.
The 10k route will follow the same course, turning before Wheeler End and experiencing those hilltop views much sooner, before plunging down to the stately home and back to Adams Park.
Simon Adams, Chairman of Handy Cross Runners, said: “We are extremely excited by the name change which we now think truly reflects this challenging but beautiful course. The Hell-Fire Half and 10k is the major event in our club calendar and we are excited to be re-launching it in order to donate even more money to our chosen charity. The new race village at Adams Park will have something to entertain both the runners and their supporters. We are grateful once again to Grant & Stone for their ongoing sponsorship of our events“.
To celebrate the name change there will be, for a limited time, a discount on the entry price making it just £20 for the half marathon distance and only £14 for the 10k race. Offer expires 31st January.
If you sign up for our sister race, The Marlow 5 – this year on 12th May – you can pick up an entry for The Hell-Fire Half or the 10k for only £10 more! Offer expires 31st January.
Race entry and route maps can be found at www.handycrossrunners.co.uk