In short: Great fast race In full: Ok so it's not particularly scenic and is on a much smaller scale than big city marathons, but the main reason to do this event is to get a fast time - it's really flat (my GPS said 42 metres in total) and definitely fast - I smashed my PB. A few very minor ups (including a gentle incline over the last 2 miles) but these are balanced out by corresponding downs. Paper cups for drinks was a bit annoying, and it's a shame the roads aren't closed, but I didn't really feel that slowed me down. Marshalling was great, very well organised in general (though long toilet queues before - but nothing unusual there I guess). Mile markers all seemed perfectly spot on bar one (21 miles was at about 21.3). All in all, not a great race if you want atmosphere, scenery etc - but a very good one if you want a crack at a really fast time. Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Battersea Park is pancake flat and the race was well-organised In full: Completely flat course so perfect for that pb, which I got with a 37:03. The race is over multiple laps and I had some reservations that slower runners may get in the way but the whole race is on wide paths and the combined 5k and 10k field is small enough that there is no issue with lapping. Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Beautiful course, cant wait until next year In full: This was the first time i have run a 'low key' marathon and my third one overall, i have to say it was a fantastic experience, the organisation was great, the marshals were fantastic and very encouraging. I highly recommend this race.
In short: Friendly and well organised In full: My first full marathon and it couldn't have been easier to get going. Obviously it was a struggle to do 26.2 miles for the first time but it was made so much easier by the excellent organisation and the great support from Marshalls, water station volunteers and public. It was easy to find and would make a great first event as it was big enough to have some atmosphere but small enough to feel friendly and not get overwhelmed! Beautiful scenery and a pretty flat route. Plenty of supplies (Water/Coke/Jelly Babies/Jaffa cakes) at the stations which were frequent. Great goody bag and lovely messages written on the bananas at the end. Nice to be greeted by a bag station volunteer at the end with my bag to save walking any further! If I ever feel like trying a marathon again then I would definitely do this one! Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Quick course largely along country lanes. In full: Overall, a very good race in the country with definite PB potential (I should have run this a few years earlier!). There's one long slope in the second half plus a bit of traffic to dodge at times, but a quick last 2km. Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Very well organised race with nice marshalls, a scenic course and a good amount of supporters around the course. Very enjoyable I will definitely do again. In full: Well organised Friendly marshalls Decent amount of supporters along the whole course Started right on time (9 am on the dot) Friendly runners Large amount of water stations (one about every 5k) Some water stations also had Coke and snacks Scenic course especially out in the countryside Easy to park in the town centre very near both start and finish Large race village A good course/event for beginners (this was my own first marathon) Some inclines up and down around the course - not pancake flat and not "hilly" An amazing race - good size field (c.600) so felt like a biggish event but had all the personality, friendliness and atmosphere of a smaller event Really pleased I chose this one. I'll do it again. Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Good pre-race admin; great marshals; well run. Thank you. In full: What do runners want? Good pre-race admin; friendly & efficient marshals; mile markers and a good routine at the finish. All of these were in place yesterday so thank you to all concerned. Date of review: October 24, 2016
In short: Very fast marathon course - good for potential PB In full: This is a great race if you're looking for a PB. The profile is flat, with no hills to speak of. The surface is mainly road although there are some sections along rougher path which have the potential to slow you down. The roads are mainly open to traffic so you take your chances as to whether you want to risk running on road or pavement. The marshals were all very good and knew what they were doing. When you run through Abingdon at the start of the marathon the support is great and there's a lot of cheering. However, when you come back through towards the end you feel like you're picking your way through people out doing their Sunday morning shop, which is a bit weird. The finish around the running track is great. Altogether I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a PB. It lacks the atmosphere of London, or the scenery of a trail marathon, but if it's a 26.2 time-trial you're after then you won't go far wrong.
In short: Scenery, organisation, marshalling and weather all perfect! In full: I admit I've done this course before and I'll be back as it's one of the most scenic routes along the Thames you'll find. It has a mixture of a very short road section, towpath, woodland, fields and only slight hills that only add to the view. Purple Patch (as always) offer great value for money, slick organisation leading right up to race day and, as others continue to point out, their marshals are some of the best around.
Keep it up and see you at the next one! Date of review: October 24, 2016
In short: Well organised,friendly "family feel" event In full: The ratio of volunteers to runners is amazing; there is so much support on the course and after the race. I loved people at the baggage store who went round the area bringing bags to runners, very nice. The hills are many and they hurt you at the end so it is probably not ideal for PBs. Date of review: October 24, 2016
In short: Enjoyable with trully wonderful marshalls! In full: This was my first ever marathon. The route itself is very flat and parts of it are extremely scenic. The marshalls were wonderful and the start and finish on the race track was a nice touch. My only gripes were the fact that the roads aren't closed and for some periods (especially around the industrial estate) spectators are few and far between which make things a lonely experience especially when you hit the wall. I probably won't do this again purely because I'd love to experience the emotions of a big city marathon next. However for my first marathon I'm really glad I did this. Date of review: October 24, 2016
In short: PB potential In full: Travelled across from Folkestone to run in this event for the first time, along with a friend competing in his first 10k. Quick and easy collection of race number with timing chip attached. Course went out through the countryside and wasn't too hilly. Definately PB potential course and has a long downhill slope to the finish :) Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Friendly, well organised and beautiful In full: A really well run event - loads of marshals, who were, without exception, excellent - a rare occurrence! They were positive and encouraging, but also had an eye on safety, and the running of the race.
The run itself is very pleasant, a little bit of city centre, a fair amount of park and path, and a load of countryside. Slightly undulating, nothing too challenging, but even small hills are notable at 20 miles!
Very well supported, especially for a rural marathon - pockets of quiet, but good support from the marshals, locals and other runners. This is a very friendly marathon.
Medical support (which we all hope no-one needs) was plentiful - a few stations round the course.
Overall - a very good rural marathon. Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Wonderful scenic race. Well organised. Multi-terrain limits PB potential. In full: I ran this feeling absolutely god awful. It may be because of this that i was even more blown away by the unbelievably magnificent route this race takes. Nice sized field, well organised, friendly, good parking, and a beautiful race alongside, over and around the Thames. Thumbs up from me. Date of review: October 23, 2016