In short: An all time favourite In full: A glorious event, lovely scenery and all of the usual super slick organisation that you'd expect from Purple Patch. I've run this every year since 2007 and this was the best yet - I may be a mid-pack plodder these days so perhaps I take more time to take in the view!
My last race in the area was the debacle of the F3 Events attempt at putting on something similar a couple of months ago - I'd put the Down Tow Up Flow down as a great example of how to really organise a race. First class. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Hot trot by the Thames In full: Second time doing this run, last was in 2012 on the adjusted route due to Olympics at Eton Dorney.
Start in Windsor was well organised, leaving promptly at 10am. Despite most of the run being on narrow trail, the wave starts made sure it wasn't too crowed. A couple of kissing-gates and road crossings didn't make too much of an impact - the steps over the bridge at about 11mi certainly woke the quads up!
All in all a good race. A tad too hot to be pushing for PBs, especially the final third once leaving Cookham in the exposed fields...unrelenting sunshine! Nice for a stroll, not so good after 9/10 miles of hard running!
See you at the startline again soon. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Sun and speed In full: Fabulous race, well organised and the hosting club literally have the best marshalls that you will ever find at a race. Cracking race, it's one of my all time favourites. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: One of the best half marathons in the country In full: The previous correspondents have said it all. Magnificent route-encouraging marshalls-bags of waterstops-unusual medal-excellent organisation. What more can one hope for? Perhaps a t-shirt? PS My wife also won an award! Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Very good course and well organised overall :) In full: First time at the Durberville Dash and found it very friendly and the organisation was very good, parking marshalling could have been a little better, didn't see any lol, as people think their yaris is actually the size of a sherman tank ;) Well thought out course with friendly and helpful marshals, well done to them, the option of a water bottle at the drinks station is inspired, loads of club runners but a good sprinkling of non-affiliated as well making for a very mixed field. Definetly putting this one on the calendar for next year as I thoroughly enjoyed it, even the weather played ball :) Well done to everyone involved :) Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: A great race, very well organised In full: This race is always one of the high spots of my year and each year it gets better organised. The scenery is beautiful and the organisation is faultless but always looking for small improvements. The park in Windsor was an ideal start venue this time round. The course is quite narrow but the "wave" starts mean that it never seems too crowded to run. Given the course and fact that this always seems to be run on the hottest weekend of the year this is never going to be a race for PBs (although my days of PBs are long behind me anyway!!) but if I could only run one event a year this would be the one. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Fantastic In full: The best event I've ever taken part in. Beautiful river swim and a really playful 10k through a stunning location. Well done all involved and thanks for a great day out. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Ok. Could be better In full: Pros: Route well signed, plenty marshals, lots of aid stations which were superbly stocked. The sections along the canal/River are pleasant, but quite congested on a sunny Sunday afternoon in July.
Cons: there's a mid route cut off, but no sweeper, so if you don't have a watch, you're in trouble. The marshals thought there was a sweeper, so I thought I was fine. ... Til I got to the cut off and was told I was too late. There's quite a lot of tarmac for an off road event It's not for your average off road runner;definitely an extreme course on the hills-combination of the gradient and terrain. I did Giant's Head a few weeks ago. Which I loved. Similar elevation gain, but much more runnable. If you like scrambling up steep gullies or tiptoeing through tree roots and rocks you'll be fine on this one. I asked for an early start as I feared the cut off would be tight, but was told I couldn't have one.
In short: Did this race today, it was a fantastic, low-key race with a good mixture of people. Once I got over the shock of running up 'The Snake' it was all good. Still quit difficult but as it was just a 10k distance very doable. Look forward to nxt year's!! Date of review: July 27, 2014
In short: Seeing how the other half live!! In full: Lovely. There are a couple of bottlenecks but the course does run along the towpath and this is very clear in the race information. The Windsor start and first few miles make the course even more scenic (and easier parking) than the previous Chalvey start (when I last run it in 2012), and adds the wonderful little church at Boveney to the route.
The route is uplifting for pretty much the full distance, and the total value of the properties you run past must equate to the GDP of a small country! It is also surprising how isolated you can feel in such a populous area.
My only little gripes - which are very little - were getting out of the car park in Marlow (aargh!) and the lack of goody bags. Date of review: July 27, 2014
In short: Magnificent scenery on a hot day In full: Back at this much loved race after a year off with injury. Course's timeless river beauty undiminished. Too hot for PB but a privilege to take part. Many thanks to wonderful organisers and very encouraging marshals Date of review: July 27, 2014
In short: Very good all round, but room for improvement! In full: As a runner of the Swansea Bay 10km, I was familiar with half of this route, and the coastal path was beautiful as always.
It's a very flat route, so I was aiming for a PB, but ended up with a slightly below-average time. This was possibly partly due to the heat kicking in at about 9:30, so in retrospect, the dauntingly early start time of 8:30 was probably a good idea.
The atmosphere was great for the most part, undoubtedly helped by the weather, but much of the last 4km was through a deserted development site.
The race-pack contained safety pins. Nice touch!
The organisation was very good for an inaugural event, but had a couple of problems. In our race packs, we were told to start in the correct race pens for our number colour category. These pens were either not there, or not very visible. So I had no idea where to start. Big plus for the free parking availability near the start / finish area, in the multi-storey across the road.
The start area was reasonably well served by the leisure centre, a few stalls, and a few portaloos. It was very good really, but perhaps not quite enough for the 1700 turnout.
Marshalling throughout was extremely good.
In this weather, water was vital. Water bottles were screw tops. The first station left tops on, the other stations removed. I'm not sure what the spread of runners opinion is, but I like to keep the top, so that I can carry the water with me for a while, especially when it's as hot as it was on this morning. Perhaps give a choice at each station, with half of the tops removed, half not? Anyway, I'm sure we all accept that "sports tops" would be ideal.
The finishing area left me almost empty handed. On my first pass through, I missed more than half of the things I was meant to collect. You couldn't miss the medal, marshals there were ready with plenty to hand as soon as you crossed the line. You then had to look for the goody bag, while leaflets for other races were thrust your way. The bananas took some spotting, but I saw them eventually. I COMPLETELY missed the t-shirts, and the result time print-outs. I had to return twice to the finishing area to pick those up.
The goody bag contained a Lizi's Granola sample, Youghurt Fruit Flakes packet, keyring with sponsor's name, a pack of three "Zero High Five" electrolyte tablets, 2x SpaTone iron supplement, and a local cycle path map. T-shirt was cotton, with adverts. Medal was nice with embossed event name.
There was a mentioned cut-off time of 2:30, but this only related to the roads reopening, and the barrage bridge opening at approx 10 miles (hence blocking the route). Around 10% of the field finished after 2:30.
Good photos available on the website, and a finish-line video.
Very good all round! Would like to do it again, but I believe the date will clash with another local event next year, so that will make it difficult for many.
In short: Great race and lovely course In full: Really enjoyed running this race today. Very lovely path along the Thames most all the way, with a few bits in towns, fields, and woods to add variety. Very flat, and nearly all on dirt or grass. The staggered start worked perfectly - we weren't too clustered together or too spread out. Marshals were great too - very friendly and encouraging. Thanks all! Date of review: July 27, 2014
In short: If organisation improves would return... Dire organisation a real shame! In full: People allowed to walk over race for example children racing people still queuing to get numbers over where they run!! An accident waiting to happen, out on the road Marshall's in some places didn't stop traffics and had the power to do so.. At finish hunt your water!! Should be first thing hands out and made more obvious.. A real shame as for organisation and two public toilets with only 2 toilet rolls ??????????extremely hot day needed more water..