In short: Singing in the rain In full: I entered this a few weeks ago on a boiling hot day. Turning up at Marlow in pouring rain was tempted to go back on the train and go home. However efficient pick up of numbers, chip timing in racing number ( hate fiddly ones to go on laces). Somehow I was put in the first wave of starters. Well organised and we headed off to Windsor. A few gates at the beginning where you walk through and a few roads where caution is needed would make it difficult for a PB. Flat course and some half marathons seem to drag but this one flew buy ( not my time!). Great marshals, braved the rain, water stations , some friendly people on route. Only problem I had was at finish there could have been more around and a coffee stall would have been welcome after getting drenched. Hopefully back next year. Date of review: July 27, 2015
In short: Shame about the weather! In full: This is an excellent half marathon but not a PB one. The paths are very muddy and narrow but I really enjoyed it. Very well organised and I would recommend it but it's not all on pathways, a few grass areas. Plenty of water stations available. I would recommend this race but not if you want a PB. Medal is great. The weather did not help, heavy rain right at the start but the organiser can't do anything about that! Date of review: July 26, 2015
In short: Another excellent Purple Patch effort In full: Great race despite foul weather and muddy course. Organization like clockwork. The start in waves went well, plenty of marshals, loads of water stations (would have been useful had the sun been out instead of driving rain), nice bling at the finish. Excellent start and finish venues, efficient baggage handling, and results online by the time I get home. I've done this race a few times and several others by Purple Patch and I cannot fault them. Date of review: July 26, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery and a great run if a little hot. In full: Loved this run, the scenery was magnificent and it was great to take part in a point to point for once, rather than the usual circuit or laps. The summer heat made it tricky - I'd love to do the same route in the winter but it'd probably be too dangerous because of flooding. Date of review: September 25, 2014
In short: One of the most scenic races I've done In full: A very well organised race, as it has been the previous two times I've run it. It was nice to be able to get a printout of your result as soon as you'd finished, and the ice cream van was very welcome on a hot day, nothing else to add to the other comments. I certainly hope to do it again next year. Date of review: July 28, 2014
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: 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