In full: Short loop at start needs to be longer as front runners having to walk second time around when meeting rear of field. bag drop a disater for many due partly to the rain and partly to the fact that bags were stacked in two lorries and the bags could not be found. many were left queuing in the pouring rain for up to half an hour! A large marquee or school building would have provided a solution to the baggage and adverse weather! Not ideal when just completed a half marathon! No showers as advertised which was also disapointing. There were also no time pens at the start so slow runners were starting near the front and causing problems for many. Apart from that it was an enjoyable race!! Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Super scenery, friendly marshals great spectator support . Fun In full: As said lots of times already .. the loop at the beginning needs sorting to ensure everyone knows where to go . Prefer to have my number and chip posted please . Steps on route potentially dangerous but a fab run and I smiles all the way . Roll on next year . Date of review: September 5, 2011
In full: First of all, I liked the idea of the number for life idea, esp. as I got my lucky number.
The race village wasn't huge but there seemed to be enough there. There didn't seem to be be enough toilets but in fact, the queues moved quite quickly.
The start, as everyone else has pointed out, was a bit of a shambles. I think they should have had pens so people could have lined up in the correct place. The first 1/2 mile loop was pretty bad, although I wasn't caught up in slower runners it was quite demoralising to have run through the start line twice. I also didn't like doing the same lap again at the finish.
The route itself was very pleasant & was pretty flat as promised. I do prefer to have bottles instead of cups as I manage to spill so much water over myself! But there are so many races which do cups instead of bottles so we can't really complain.
Free parking close to the start was very much appreciated. The medal was quite impressive although a little goody bag to go with it would have made it even sweeter!
I think there needs to be more a finishers funnel. I was getting a bit annoyed battling through lots of non-runners just to get my chip removed & collect my medal drink etc.
Overall I thought it was good, just really need to sort out the route at the start & hopefully the finish. The Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Great inaugural race In full: Very good first race and sure the glitches will be ironed out but this was a very enjoyable event. Only negative was picking up the bag at the end - perhaps a large area of the town hall could be used next year as vans are always chaos. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Well done Purple Patch In full: I was very impressed by how well this event was organised especially considering it was the first year. There was massive PB potential and I really enjoyed the route which was more scenic than not and the rain was more than welcome!! I wonder in future if the race would benefit from time seeding at the start as we were pretty much crammed in along the road so there wasn't a chance to get a fast start. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Fast Race, needs a few tweeks In full: Really enjoyed the race, despite the rain (I guess managing sub 2 for the first time helped!) ;) Was surprised how nice the course was in terms of scenery, was expecting something more Readingesque. The course was pretty narrow for most of the way, which was bearable for the number of runners present, but could cause problems if there were more runners. Would need to space runners out more at start too. Although there wasn't masses of support round the course compared to some of tehe bigger halfs, there was enough to keep me smiling (always helps!) Like the idea of a number for life too. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Looking forward to the next one In full: Unlike a few others I really enjoyed running under the bridge at Maidenhead River and down the Hight Steet at the end. I thought the course was great and loved running through Bray and along the Riverside. I didnt mind the rain one bit and was actually glad of it.
My only complaints were: 1. not enough loos 2. Silly small lap at the start which lead to lots of confusion and people running in all directions 3. No goody bag. The medal was nice but I thought a company as big as this could have organised something.
But overall for a first attempt Purple Patch did really well, ill be back. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Has the potential to be the areas fastest HM course In full: Organistation was ok. Found it easiliy enough from the train station. No sign posts in town though. Baggage at the end was a pain. Spent 20 mins standing in the rain. The start needed some timing target timing markers to help people line up. Pace runners would have been great. The initial loop didnt work as the faster runners ran 500m then came into the back of slower runners who still hadnt really started (Announcing this over the PA at the start would have helped. At least saying first loop runners stay right, faster 2nd loopers stay left. In the end there was one guy shouting directions. Quite a few slower runners missed the first 500m loop and went with the faster runners so therefore didnt run the full distance). Course wise, very flat, very fast, plenty of scope for overtaking people, course wasnt crowded, so really good PB potential aside from a few areas which slowed you down. I'd actually rate it as faster than the RHM course as it was flatter with less crowd to weave through at the start. Support wasnt as good as RHM for example, but it was a horrible day. For next year based on course speed I'd say more people would be up for doing this race, so the course should try to avoid the stepped area somehow. There were no mile markers on the course which would have been helpful. Water in cups isnt ideal as its too easy to spill, plus not everyone wants to drink at the water station points. It needed a lucozade or energy driink station too.
On the whole, I'd love it if they could double the size and scope of this race for next year and iron out the kinks as it can be somewhere that people can easily come and knock out a PB.
No goodie bag at the end :/ Really needed a mars bar or lucozade sport!
Well done to purple patch though. You know exactly what you need to work on for the next one. Date of review: September 5, 2011