In short: Friendly, scenic, enjoyable half for a great cause. In full: Really enjoyable race. Lovely (if slightly more taxing!) to run off-road; supportive, friendly marshalls; fantastic drummers and for a great cause. A great morning out. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Great route, organisation, marshals, weather and drummers ! In full: This really is a lovely part of the world, and it's great running by the water. The gates were a minor inconvenience; I counted 30 seconds lost at the first one in mile2 where there was quite a pile up, but the main thing was the breaks in rhythm. Despite the towpath there were plenty of places to pass as the pack thinned out. Great idea to have the drummers at various locations - really gave a lift to proceedings. The weather was very kind and Bisham Abbey is a glorious location. I wish I'd arranged to have the family come too - they'd have loved it. I find any gradient a challenge, but there were only a couple of playful slopes - I found the two bridges near the end the worst! All in all, I'd certainly do this again and recommend it almost anyone. Plus. . . I was very chuffed to do my first sub 2hr half, especially as it's not a road race. (Maybe there IS something to be said for training!) Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Fabulous run - 124 very enjoyable minutes In full: This is the best HM that I have run (out of 4) - loved it, loved it loved it with the added bonus that I came in just some seconds below my previous PB too ! :) not the sub 2-hour break that I had planned and hoped for - but the most enjoyable race I have ever run!
Will definitely be back next year!
Great Marshals, great atmosphere and the drumming was also very nice to cheer on and remind you of the background of this race!
In short: Smalll is beautiful - great event In full: Great not to be fighting huge crowds of other runners en route. And the drums start, end and on the way were great - really motivating, with superb marshalls. At the end, just a minute's walk from the end to collect the bags from the baggage drop, and then onto the barbecue for a quick snack and refuel. Definitely one to add to next year's calendar. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Fabulous run along the Thames, virtually no hills, lovely scenery, best marshalls ever, drums and all. And Purple Patch seem to have a hot line to the weather gods - YET AGAIN, the sun shone. (When can I enter for next year? ;-)) Date of review: March 21, 2010