In short: Turned into a long flat X Country race In full: First half for many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Conditions added on a few mins. but not really a problem. One suggestion-IPODDERS are a bit of a menace in these conditions-too narrow and can't hear runners behind. Well done Purple Patch! Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Too much mud and not enough overtaking. In full: My first half marathon and I'd been looking forward to it for ages hoping to beat the 1h45 a friend set in the GNR on his first. I thought that with a much smaller event I'd have a decent chance, but if you can't over take without sprinting past people in the short gaps available and you've got to concentrate on your footing all the time then you've no chance of a PB.
I enjoyed it, but it's not my kind of run so I doub't I'd do it again. Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: great day -shame about the wind and mud...... In full: however what do you expect for November? It could have been worse and rained as well!! This was my first half and I really enjoyed it. The organisation was great, the marshalls encouraging,people friendly and the route well signed. Well done to everyone for not falling in the canal! Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Really different to your average 1/2 marathon. Loved it. In full: Such childish fun splashing through the pudddles & wondering if anyone has slipped on the leaves into the canal - a fair possibility. In the circumstances not one for a PB but I really enjoyed it and the 13 miles seemed to go relatively quickly. Would definitely do it again tho I presume Cowley to Cassiobury will end with a long uphill run thro Cassiobury Park rather than the lovely first downhill mile we enjoyed today. Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Great race - mud, ducks, cheering marshalls and a hog roast at the end. This is what running should be all about. Thank you to the organisers for a memorable morning.a Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Flat but muddy, wet and head wind! In full: Was looking forward to this promised to be flat - which it certainly was. Trouble was that it was also very muddy in parts after yesterdays rain and I had trouble not slipping around which wasn't much good for pace. Nearly fell in the canal at one point! Headwind as well so elements were not on our side today. Bit frustrated at my time as knew was flat so had a tough target but ho hum......... Well organised and limited number of runners which was necessary given narrow tow path. Will be back!
In short: Did this last year and couldn't wait to come back! In full: Very well organised. Friendly marshals with lots of encouragement. Lots of mud. Decent medal. Job done! Shame about the woman singing along to her ipod during the minute silence at the start. Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Well done to Purple Patch another excellent 1/2 In full: Ran this last year and returned again!! Thanks to all the Marshalls and Organisers for a great event. After 2 half marathons on successive weekends I was feeling tired and words of encouragement from my watching hubbie and the marshalls spurred me on to a reasonable time. I have brought most of the tow path home on my legs and running shoes but I am not deterred - see you again next year. Date of review: November 9, 2008