In short: Well meaning but teething problems. Terrain harder than expected. In full: Definitely needed portaloos at the start - major ommission. Don't quite understand what happened to the water station at mile 3 - I only heard afterwards that it was stolen?? Difficult if, like me, you hadn;'t brought your own. Terrain was much harder going than i anticipated - I was hoping for a PB but ran a minute slower than a recent race. Organisers were very encouraging which helped make up for lack of spectators due to the nature of the route - hard to find motivation when the energy levels dipped. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Good race , well organised which is 90% flat. In full: i personnally did not enjoy the race much, as I was still sore from the Marlow race the week before.The course is quite fast as I limped round in just over two hours. Would do it again unless I get fitter I need more than a week to recover. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Good transport, great route, nice to do a bit of 'off' road', 2nd best time of the year so OK with me In full: Loos at the start would be good, easier to overtake than i thought before the race, good first timers race in my view and fun for the more experienced as well. 8.5/10 Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Exactly what it said on the tin! In full: 13 miles along the tow path of the Grand Union canal! Slightly ankle wrenching at points where you couldn't see what was under the leaves and not many overtaking options - but we knew that would be how it was.
Loos at start only downside. Yes, H'y it did say where they were in the literature but not that there was only one in the petrol station or that the public loos would be locked! Never did find out where the pub was. It really needs portaloos. Part of my race prep is endless pre race loo queueing and not being able to "go" at the last minute was rather off putting.
Nice chunky medal and look forward to doing it in the other direction! Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: More difficult than I imagined due to rutted paths & slippery leaves In full: Very pretty route. Transport worked out brilliantly. Only problem were insufficient loos at the start. Told we could use Petrol station, nearby pub and public toilets but the pub and public toilets were closed!!!! This meant that everyone was queuing for one toilet in the petrol station. Had to abandon this idea and use the bushes!!!! Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Beautiful scenery and friendly runners, not intimidating for a beginner. In full: Beautiful scenery and friendly runners. Well organised but a couple of portaloos and an extra water station would improve it for next year. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Interesting run, reasonable PB potential, friendly marshalls In full: Those who moaned about the loos - read the literature where the loo opportunties were highlighted!! The 1 min silence was appreciated by those who had not put their MP3's on at max level and continued talking... I thought the coach organisation at the start was excellent, marshalling was good although what would happen if someone was in trouble as they were fairly spaced apart??!! The hill at the end was mildly challenging but made the Finish Line a welcomed sight. Reversing the course next year will be good and mean a downhill start plus downward locks too. I carried a drink but the 3 mile water disaster must have been an issue for runners with none of their own. Can the ribbon have a date on it next year Purple Patch?? I will look out for next year's date in RW!! Well done to all finishers!! Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Fast course, well organised but could do with loos at the start In full: The only negative point for me was the man in the Esso station closing his loo. Nice pleasent scenery along the tow-path and an initial lap of the park spread everyone out enough that overtaking was never really a problem. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Fast and flat (almost) In full: Great course, traffic-free and varied underfoot but no boggy bits. Narrow in places, but field not big enough for that to be an issue. Pretty much flat apart from climb at the finish; the reverse run should be definite pb potential. Easy enough to reach by public transport, organisation excellent. Only real complaint is lack of loos - hopefully this will be addressed next year, this year's being the inaugural event. Date of review: November 11, 2007