In short: good race despite the wind, enjoyed again In full: good race, well organised, bit slow at the start due to numbers and unable to get anywhere near the 2 hour finishing time in the starting pen. good route excellent t shirt and finisher medal. Will be here next year. Great had Liverpool legend starting the race Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: How races should be! In full: Efficiently organised, wonderful flat scenic course, top notch marshalls, quality medal and technical T-shirt. Excellent job Purple Patch, thank you! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Was so so good, until I got the goody bag! In full: Organisation was amazing. Traffic free course. Marshalls / Spectators excellent BUT There were no concessions to parking in Warwick and the Goody bag was one of the poorest I have ever had. The T-shirt was ok, but the medal was a "job lot" from last year, really disappointing. In short put the fee up by £5, provide a tech T-Shirt and a decent medal, then I would propabaly be back. Shame, because everything else was very good. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Lots of positives In full: A very enjoyable out-and-back along the river towards Canterbury and back. Flat as the proverbial "pancake", which gives it definite PB potential subject to one caveat (see below).
Nice village hall HQ, friendly atmosphere, plenty of nearby off-road parking etc and there was a good mix of runners from sub-40 to 60 minutes plus.
This year, the cattle grids were covered with boarding that generally seemed to hold up well. The scenery along the river is nice and the results were up very quickly after the race had finished.
Only real "warning" is that the race shares the footpath with other users (cyclists, walkers etc and being out-and-back, other runners). On a bright, sunny day like today this meant that there were a few times on the way back that I had to "dodge" on and off the track to avois a collision !
Not the end of the world, it was still a great run; but it does mean that there is a limit on the number of runners the race can safely accommodate. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A fast, flat, delight of a run with exquisite beach and sky views and lovely atmosphere. PB potential is huge. In full: All this brand new event in a lovely part of the world needs is to get momentum and attract even more runners of all abilities. Simple and straightforward. Thanks for a great morning. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Purple patch do it again! In full: A fantastic organised event once again from purple patch!. Please don't take as criticism but if you are a 90 min or so runner, then a PB is highly unlikely to happen....can be a bit of an ankle breaker in parts!. That said, fantastic scenery and top notch marshals too boot!. The bigger city marathons could learn alot from Claire and her team......well done!. Superb medal as well. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Huge Half Marathon, Well Organised and Very Well Supported - Great Tee and Gong In full: Great race, very well organised, really well marshalled and great support again.
Tee is really nice - really nice.
Only slight downside was the parking and the subsequent effect this had on the traffic. Planned to get there for just after 0900 but queued for half an hour on the road into Wilmslow. That said, the road marshalls and stewards were very helpful and they managed to point me to a side road. Would've gone for a post race massage but the prospect of walking back to the car for my money, then to the rugby ground and back to the car again was too much! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Dual carriageway half marathon In full: I was looking for a half marathon as part of my marathon training for May. After some transport issues just got there on time for a 9.00 a.m start. Standing in queue at the start no indication of the race starting and no one announcing this. The course is a repetitive loop route round housing and a dual carriageway. Though marshaled around some roads was surprised they had not organised road closure. My first half marathon in over a year but would not do this one again. Only redeeming feature some spectators cheering people on at times and some with haribos. Won't do this one again. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Excellent event, as always In full: One of my favourites. Super venue, organization faultless, efficient baggage stow, lovely course, great marshals, lots of water stops, corker of a medal this year and one of the less expensive races.
Well done PP and see you next year. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Enjoyable, challenging run along country roads In full: Enjoyed this and found the mix of hills, heat and wind challenging.
Thanks to all the marshalls for their support and for giving up their time to help.
Only thing I would like to see changed is the turnaround arrangements for lap 2. Turning the first corner left at the start of lap 2 I was nearly taken out by a runner accelerating around the corner towards the 9 mile finish line. Also, I had to ask directions from three people at the start of lap 2 because the sole marshalls there were busy directing those coming in to finish lap 1.
Oh yeah and the medal is a bit rubbish!
Those points aside it was a useful tester and I'm glad I decided to run this one. Would definitely consider doing it again if it fits with marathon plans.
In short: Designed with faster runners in mind. They don't care about the plodders at the back! In full: Not enough marshals and those that were there weren't really interested.
The finish was appalling for the slower runners. You finish through the race car park so you are running against all the cars that are leaving. Very little signage between miles 12 and 13 (I has to ask a runner who had already finished where I has to go). You are then expected to run over the roundabout by which everyone is leaving.
In short: Lovely run, great marshalls In full: Lovely run along a beautiful stretch of the Thames Path between Marlow and Henley. Made all the better by some of the friendliest Marshals you're ever likely meet in a race! Great medal as well at the end. Well done to everyone at Purple Patch Running. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Back and Back for Good In full: Loved today's event, weather almost perfect, chip timing, lots of friendly marshalls and big crowds of cheering spectators. Fast course and a very snazzy running shirt in the goody bag. I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Good course but organisers should arrange different direction for wind :-) In full: Always one of my favourite races but once again organisation of goodies, t-shirt etc. needs sorting. Ran out of shirts (again). Give the shirts and goodies out personally and then MARK the number with a felt tip pen to prevent people taking more than one of each. The race however is always one of my yearly highlights. The sparse crowd needed a bit of encouragement (you'd think in this cold they would want to clap to keep their hands warm). But other than that the Merseysiders are a friendly lot to run with. Loved it. Date of review: March 23, 2014