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
In short: Great course and lots of support, would definitely do it again In full: Really enjoyed this. Good organisation, apart from the problesm with getting into the start area which was poorly handled, but no real complaints. Baggage storage was great, and I was able to park nearby so I managed to get away pretty quickly. Really good race. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A quick 10K In full: Quick 10K, one climb, plus a slow drag on the 7K to 8K mark. However, a couple of quick down hills, especially approaching the finishing line. Have done this route several times and again achieved a PB today. Nice medal, well organised and good value. Look forward to the September run! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Lovely rural Half Marathon In full: Deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, this race takes you on a scenic route through villages and quiet back lanes. In places this route can be challenging with a couple of climbs, so a PB may be unachievable. However, the race cost is very reasonable, well organized and an excellent bespoke medal. This is the second year on the spin i've entered the race and will be back again next year. Thankyou and well done all who were involved in organising a very good half marathon Date of review: March 23, 2014
In full: Debbie , perhaps your main beef should be with the Organisers and their general lack of water on a very hot day ? As hacker and Carley have commented, the "unofficial" water station was something of a blessed relief with water provided and support given. Yes as you may guess I am a member of that club and our supporters were there primarily yes to support our own runners with their own drinks but they also took along a water barrel to help out others , which as it turned out was much appreciated by many runners on the day. Perhaps come along to one of our races , look at AlmostAthletes.co.uk & you'll see those we organise, you will see what a friendly supportive bunch we are! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Terrible Race with awful organisation In full: I normally like to give a balanced view, but unfortunately nothing positive to share..... 1 - very hot day and there was simply not enough water stations and they then gave you it in a plastic cup(thank goodness for that friendly running club who shared their water). I wasn't quite sure how I was suppose to drink plenty of water as per the advice of the safety marshall without stopping which I didn't want to do. 2 - multiple loop race - very drab 3 - car park was a very long way away from HQ 4 - why did I get my t-shirt before the start of the race where I had no where to put it as I my stuff was in the car
No doubt this race will soon be consigned to the same fate as the Gloucester 10 and the Gloucester Half Marathon - HISTORY
In short: Nice friendly race- community feel to it In full: Lovely local event and well organised. Great marshalling and mars bar at the end very welcome. Credit to the two little girls on the last lap who organised a table with drinks and sweets- brilliant Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Wow what an amazing event In full: Brilliant well organised off road event. Very hilly and muddy but the most glorious scenery and views over the city. Very well organised and really friendly marshals. Best route I've ever run Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Well organised beautiful scenery and almost no mud!!!! In full: 3 loops of a lovely forest trail. It was well signposted and I didn't for one moment feel like I was going to get lost! Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: Great local trail race in the Chilterns In full: Great addition to the racing calendar in the Chilterns. Great scenery around Ashridge estate and Ivinghoe beacon. A challenging route with some cheeky hills! Well organised and marshalled. The beanie at the finish along with tea and cakes (amazing cookies and cake!) was a nice touch. Do this race before it gets too popular! Will be back next year. Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: A tough start and finish, but lovely in between In full: The organisation and atmosphere at the start were lovely, very encouraging. The big hill was harder than I expected, and went on for longer, but coming back down to the seashore with the waves crashing in and beautiful sunshine made it worthwhile. The section around Sovereign Harbour is a bit tedious but easy enough on the legs. The finish is positively evil: you go past the entrance to the race HQ TWICE before they finally let you in! Very tough mentally at that stage of the race, especially as that meant we were running into the evil headwind in the final stages. Date of review: March 22, 2014