In short: Good job! In full: Minor gripes aside, bottle neck at the beginning, limited group warm up and no goody bag (who doesn't like a goody bag!) this is a really good race. Pretty much flat throughout, the organisation is superb and the pacers were very good. Definite PB potential and an enjoyable race. The marshals were excellent and the cub scouts supporting the event were very efficient. Well done! I hope to do this event again for many years to come. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Good well run event In full: This is a good relatively cheap HM. The set up is excellent with parking close by and a very good and secure bag drop in the town hall. Plenty of seating as well for before and after. Number pick up simple. Course itself is very flat with a couple of pinch points early on and underpasses being only issues. Water tables need to be longer. Good medal and a pretty relaxed finish. First time I've done a Purple Patch event and the only real issue was it should really be on Runbritain. It is certainly an event for PBs. For the price the HM is very good value. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Excellent Race Scenic Route not too hilly In full: After running Chippenham Half Marathon for the fifth time today, it is my favorite race of the year. The organisation by Chippenham Harriers is fantastic and there are never any issues. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Excellent indeed! In full: A very nice race with a great course, mostly off road. It does have a couple of challenging inclines. Very well organised, so thank you to the marshals and all involved. They were extremely supportive out on the course. Nice T-shirt too! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: No matter your speed you got a chicken In full: That hill at 1k was daunting but support from the speed merchants was a surprising welcome as you normally get asked to keep right. Love station was manned with friendlees for whom no task was too much. Only wish I could've done better. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Really good fun In full: Ran with my family as a team of 4 and we loved it, despite the weather! Two main hills in the loop which could be run but better to walk! Really friendly and great for beginners as you could take it as seriously as you wanted or not take it seriously at all. Had wanted to do a relay race for ages and this did not disappoint. Loved the medal and made loads of friends jealous when showing it off!! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Great new race In full: A new concept for us we ran as a team so was nice to sit out while the other guys ran a lap or two. Great medals and goody bag and fab hogroast Will be back for a solo attempt next year Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: HOW CAN AN INAUGURAL EVENT BE THIS GOOD?? In full: Superb event organised by Mark O'Meara of Andover Trail Runners. A very experienced runner himself, and it showed in the almost perfect event he materminded.
Hilly enough to be challenging without being brutal - and a nice variety of terrain to keep it interesting.
A well thought out route, something for the fast and the slow, the experienced and the first timer and everyone was made to feel very welcome.
A small and low key event this year to test the water...but sign up quick if you fancy a go next year as I suspect the reputation of this one will go far.
In short: A great race with brilliant organisation In full: Well done Purple Patch on another amazingly well organised race. Everything was thought about. A lovely race with some pretty scenery, v flat and pacers. I've done this twice now and I will be back. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Nice and flat and my hometown race In full: First time actually making it to the start line of this race after being ill on previous years. Was special as this was my hometown race and it went past the end of my parents road so I had some fantastic support :-) Overall the race holds great PB potential as it is nice and flat and quite sheltered. The pace teams were excellent and were great at keeping some of the runners spirits up! The scenery was, well one of my regular runs so it was very familiar but still great nonetheless. Will enter every year until I can't bend down to put my running shoes on. Could do with a goody bag and not just a medal, water and a banana - but you can't ask for everything! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: lovely countryside and no crazy hills! In full: Really friendly well run race, plenty of toilets, good event HQ and scenic route. A long gradual climb to the finish. I was having a nightmare and really struggled but to be honest it wasn't too bad and on another day I would have been able to keep going. Enthusiastic (and plentiful) Marshalls. Everything worked well. The only gripe was it took quite a while to get out of the car park. Although my slowest time and a lot tiredness not to mention pain from blisters I really enjoyed this one. (Looking forward to getting back to city runs soon mind you). Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: 3rd time around and a new PB In full: Very pleased to run a PB, as there are some hilly bits. Marshalls were so friendly and encouraging. Regular water stations. Loved the drums at mile 10ish. Brilliant medal (as always with TRAC) and technical t shirt. Thanks to RD and all of his team! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable race. Beautiful scenic undulating route. Excellent organisation, wonderful marshals and a great friendly atmosphere. I'll definitely be back next year!! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Excellent well organised race In full: Organisation was like clockwork with a pretty much countryside out & back course. It was mainly traffic free and it seemed that although there were no major hills, you seemed to be either going up and down 90% of the time. Great value for money with a generous goody bag and a long sleeve tech tshirt which is rare but very well received. A great half, well done Kenilworth!
In short: Extremely friendly enjoyable race In full: Lovely race, very well supported by the UFD team who went out of their way to welcome, encourage, support and congratulate runners. Nicely done. Date of review: September 4, 2016