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
In short: GOOD PB COURSE IF YOU GET THE RIGHT WEATHER. WELL ORGANISED AS USUA; In full: Third time of running this event and a better start location than 2 years ago. Not enough toilets at the start considering the size of the field but good facilities at the end in Marlow. The course is narrow in places so runners need to judge the overtaking which all that I encounted (passing and being overtaken) worked out well. The weather was good for running until the heat started to effect the field just after halfway (for those around the 2 hour mark) which turned it into a battle to finish rather than a PB potential. However alot cooler than 2 years ago. Great views of the river and the big houses along the route. Final comment is to the people at Purple Patch and the Marshalls for a great event and cheerful marshalling. Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: A fast course with fabulous scenery, recommended In full: A well organised event which would have benefitted from more toilets at the start area. I really enjoyed it and it was well worth the trip to take part. Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: Great scenery, flat run, excellent organisation In full: My first half marathon and it was a great experience, from the buses to the start, the many water stations, the friendly marshalls, lovely scenery and a big field to picnic in at the finish. Probably not a good run if you are a keen runner looking for a PB as the path is narrow in places and passing might be tricky, but as it was my first one and I started at the back of the pack it's a PB for me. Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: lovely scenery, but very little PB potential for beginners In full: This was my first half marathon, and I was quite disappointed with my time... Maybe because I had been training on the road + my pedometer recorded 23.5 km instead of 21, so the last two came very unexpected! ...But this is probably to blame on my equipment rather than the race! Only fault was that one person at the end, even though I was obviously exhausted, didn't allow me to take an extra bottle of water, which I found a little mean! Might go next year, now that I know how to handle the course and to bring my own extra bottle of water for the end! Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: Scenic, flat, multi-terrain point-to-point, with competent organisation In full: A very pleasant Sunday morning out, running from Eton to Marlow. Bags are carried and there are optional buses from the finish to the start before the race. Fairly big loo queue with 2mins to go before the start, had many off into the bushes; still we can blame the smell on the school-boys. Not a race for the competitive, unless you have a very fast start. The tow-path is frequently too narrow for safe overtaking. But a great race for those who want to do the distance and not suffer from 13mls of tarmac. The showers at the end were a bit elusive, it took several questions to discover where they were, then they were well worth the effort - very posh. Recommended for the mid-pack runner who wants a change from pounding the pavement. Date of review: July 25, 2010