In short: Varied scenic course, with fantastic marshalling, and PB potential In full: Other reviewers have written about inadequate loo facilities at the beginning, but this is nearly always the case. Indeed the start was held back for 5 minutes to ensure all the loo queuers were able to join the start - one of the organisational benefits of having a 500-strong field, rather than thousands.
Plenty of variety on this scenic course along the Thames. I wouldn't have thought it would be an obvious PB candidate but a couple of us smashed our's by a few minutes running close to 01:30.
Mashalling was fantastic, very friendly. I'd recommend the race to others, and a lovely area to spend the rest of the day - we went onto the Cartier International Polo at Windsor Park which is usually held on the same day.
In short: flat, narrow, pretty, friendly, damn hot for last 3 miles!! In full: Friendly feel at start with quite a long queue for the loos (could do with more both ends). Lovely scenery but got conjested in places. Really friendly marshalls. Will definately do next year. Date of review: July 27, 2010
In full: Poor organisation compared to other races.. where were the advertised toilets and showers at the end? I was boiling at the end and given that the organisers were saying over the PA the runners had been collapsing thought the refusal of more than 1 bottle of water was criminal! No food at end and snack van had no change! Date of review: July 27, 2010
In short: Scenic but challenging multi-terrain course, well organised. In full: A lovely course which was more challenging than I was expecting, the various surfaces underfoot and the narrow tracks made it difficult to get into any kind of rhythm. Purple Patch had organised this very well (parking, bus, baggage drop all went v. smooth) and they and the marshalls deserve a big thank you. The heat during the second half made the last few miles difficult and scuppered any chance of a PB. Date of review: July 27, 2010
In short: Great race, great view and great fun In full: The race is great, along a great route with great views and some of the most friendly marshalls ever...every marshall cheered you on. Date of review: July 27, 2010
In short: Challenging and hot but friendly In full: Much harder than expected and the multi terrain including stairs and running around cows and ruts sapped my legs and recorded a time well below my average road race (which this is not). Marshalls are very friendly and its a nice atmosphere at the end. Not enough loos at the beginning by far which delayed the race and people were running into the bushes! Coach and bag drop is done well. Not really great value for money - had to send a SAE to register, no chip timing and just a bottle of water at the end but nice medal. Not sure I would do it again as prefer road racing. At least I know what multi terrain is now! Date of review: July 27, 2010
In short: Very well organised. Great location. Support at most accessible points along the course. In full: Really enjoyed the event. Organisation was very good with good sign posting throughout and plenty of marshals and water stations. Only negatives on the organisation could be loos at the start (yes most races suffer the same criticism) and also there was no pack at the end (unless that was the bottle of water and medal).
I got a good time but one thing to be aware of is the path can be a little (actually very) rutted and uneven at points - dread to think how it would be on a wet day?
Would definetly choose to run this or another Purple Patch even again. Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Once again a superb race - well done Purple Patch In full: My third running of this event and despite the heat towards the end I somehow pulled a PB out of the bag :) Brilliantly organised and marshalled and a definite must-do event for me. Date of review: July 26, 2010