In short: Fast course with lots of potential ... In full: Great event on fast course. Definitely one for a pb with the right amount of training. Will be back next year with a proper training plan to make that happen ! It's been said before - only niggles are the baggage trucks (who thought those vans were big enough for 1000 bags?), the number of loos and the loop at the start. However, for the first year a great race and a great autumn HM target race! Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Fast course with PB potential In full: Really enjoyed this first Maidenhead half especially as I got a PB. Can't comment on baggage drop as used Nicholson walk carpark, and the starting loop didn't bother me - although I did notice some extremely slow runners right at the start. Missed the 4 & 5 mile markers which was a shame so couldn't get mileage split times. Good marshalling and crowd support (especially through Bray).
Will be adding this to my running calendar for 2012. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable new half marathon event In full: Thanks to PP and all of the marshalls, water stop helpers and anyone else for an enjoyable morning. Being a local to Maidenhead it was great to run a half marathon so close to home.
Despite it being an easy route in theory, I was quite a lot slower than my pb. Think might be a question of training/prep rather than anything else though.
Route was great. Unlike others, I enjoyed the first lap at the start! Meant my family could cheer me on more than once. Need to sort out the faster runners catching up before all get through start line though. Road closures worked well. Not great having to go under the main road twice, but I am not sure there is much that can be done about that. There were clear mile markers (one reviewer didn't see them).
Timing indicators at the start would be useful to help people line up in right place according to expected finishing time.
Didn't use/need baggage drop or toilets.
I plan to run every year, with my designated number. Date of review: September 6, 2011
In short: Great Race - Very Well Organised In full: I really enjoyed this race. The support along the route was fantastic (even in the rain). In particular the mile running along the Thames river was so very scenic. Will definately be signing up for next years race. Date of review: September 6, 2011
In short: Lovely race even in the rain In full: We all looked like drowned rats by the end but it was a lovely race with a nice route. Apart from the really pointless first loop which just caused chaos all of the road closures were managed well and the route was well marshalled with lots of water stations. A great event for a first timer as it was flat and friendly. Nice medal at the end. Will be back next year Date of review: September 6, 2011
In short: Fantastic race and super flat In full: This is really a great event and for PB hunters out there this course is truly flat.
For a 1st running of an event I thought it was great and a big turn out of welcome support pretty much all the way round.
There were a couple of problems that I'm sure will be sorted out for next year.
The main one being the start with front runners catching up back markers on this first little loop. This didnt really effect me but I did see some turn right instead of left and I'm sure there are a few annoyed runners out there. It is essential that they resolve this.
Wasn't keen on the idea of the steps but it wasn't too bad and the rest of the course being so flat more than made of for it.
I drove an hour and a half to get to this event as it fitted in nicely with my marathon training. Even with that long drive I'll be back next year for sure!
Well done to all at Purple Patch. Date of review: September 5, 2011