In short: Great race to boost your morale and great spread afterwards too! In full: last two miles in this race are great! almost all downhill, first 4 miles is gentle climb warming you up for the fast finish and a new P.B that I got last year. Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: excellent will be back again next year In full: This is the best half marathon i have ran, it is extremely well run, lots for the fsmily to do if they come along, beautiful scenery and a fast course with wonderful Marshalls Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: 3rd time running this one and once again I can't fault it - brilliant organisation, fantastic support, great scenery, definite PB potential and the friendliest marshals. Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: Up,Up, and painful but hugely satisfying ! In full: This was a fantastic race the scenery was stunning, the course was hilly and hard but it was so well organized from start to finish. If you can run 10k then put iton your list of races to do for next year ! Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: Congested at the start In full: I agree with other reviewers that the first mile around the town centre and throught the underpass was congested. In addition i would add that I found the first 4 miles congested due to only using one side of a busy road, overtaking was not easy. PB potential is good, but I thought that going round the course on the second lap was a bit dull. Having said that I have done several Purple patch races and can't fault their organisation. For me their Down the tow half marathon is definitely their best. Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: Excellent. In full: A good up and down course with plenty of climbs and real character. The marshals were superb, the scenery pretty and the organisation totally flawless. Hot and sunny on the day but we had regular water stations with even smiling tots handing out bottles and cheering runners on! All in all a complete triumph and a genuine feelgood race.
In short: PB potential race In full: Mainly positives about this race and its organisation. Good course, friendly, reasonably well organised & good value. The toilet situation is off putting - not enough loos for number of runners. I summed up as PB potential course (weather permitting - ideal this year) - I got a PB - shame my position, thus time was incorrectly recorded. First time I've experienced this in a race, so it's 'taken the edge off' my experience! Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: Well organised and well attended In full: The 2014 race was a very well organised event and I was left with nothing to worry about. A course that could be described as challenging as it was fairly up and down (and extremely hot this year) meant it wasn't really on for PBs. I look forward to doing this again next year Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: A great friendly race In full: This is in its second year and both races have been well organised. Course has inclines and what goes up must come down resulting in a PB each race. Great goody bag and medal so must be the cheapest 10K around. Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Hilly, muddy and challenging. Just the way i like it! In full: Another fantastic race put on by the PB Events team. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, parking was easy and very close to the registration tent, toilets and starting line.(if parked in the woods) The race itself was sign posted very well and there were sufficient marshals at key locations throughout the race. Overall I'm very happy with how everything went and am looking forward to there next event.
In short: Excellent, but very challenging In full: I did this race last year as my 1st Half Marathon and loved it. I had done 2 more Half Marathons before Sunday and really enjoyed it. i'm not going to get on the race course band waggon, but yes it was tough, but wouldn't want it to be easy. Overall, had a great day back in my home town and will certainly be applying to do it again next year. Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Great scenery, beer and cake. In full: Brilliant race. Best cross country I've done in terms of variety and toughness of terrain. There are a lot of hills. And when you get to the end there's free beer on tap! And cake! Really well organised and very friendly. Did I mention the free beer? Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Great race, very hot!! In full: This is was my first half marathon and I entered it based on reviews. I wasn't let down at all. It really is a great course. I was trying to break the 2hr barrier....... I didn't but I think a big part of this was the weather. It was in the 30's! Something I was prepared for.
Yes the 12 mile mark is isn't the best surface but as long as you're careful it isn't a problem.
I will be back in 2015!! Date of review: September 10, 2014