In short: Faultless :-) In full: This race gets better year after year... though the "hills" in those underpasses don't get any easier!! The support is awesome - especially the last half-mile or so up the high street to the finish, but actually all around the course, with many people obviously out to cheer on the race from start to finish, with deck chairs etc set up on driveways. The Holiday Inn water station was fun - balloons, music, and cheery marshals! Once again, fantastic marshals all the way around the course and at the finish - many thanks to all who gave up their time and worked so hard. Lovely encouragement from runners who had already finished to those still running. Brilliant all round! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: The usual well-organised race on a fast flat course In full: Apart from the first part through the town to the underpass, which has a few tight turns and gets rather congested, the course is wide, traffic-free, and great for running a PB. Marshalling and organisation were both very good, I though they handled the situation of having to stop the runners briefly while an ambulance crossed the course very well. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Fast, flat, excellently organised Half In full: Very flat two lapper through some nice countryside/town. First half mile was a bit congested through the town centre but fine after that. Road closures were very impressive and made for a great race. Plenty of water stops (every 3 miles - ish). High level of spectator turnout even in the rural bits probably helped by the 2 lap configuration. Definite PB potential - I know I did! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Well organised race In full: Baggage and check in ran like clockwork. Queues for toilets was acceptable. Runners not starting in the correct pen is an issue especially for the first mile where you are weaving in and out on narrow paths. However after mile 1 you can get into a nice running speed. The final mile caused havoc with my garmin as there is a subway and high ties buildings caused a major discrepancy between chip time and garmin. Overall a good race. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: great race, big pb potential and well organised In full: Super impressed. Hardly any queuing for bags, number pick up, toilets etc. V friendly. V fast course only some congestion on mile one but great other than that. Highly recommended and nice to run through cookham. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: A victim of success?? In full: Pb potential yes but with more entrants and a quite narrow town centre start, with a few kinks, funnels and the underpass, I was 35 secs down on target for mile 1 even with all my weaving. I THEN missed the first water stop which I'd say was far too short, after losing time In mile 1 I didn't want to lose more time waiting and slowing to a standstill. After that was good, it's my home town so will always be here, but if looking to shave seconds off a PB then you may be pushed to make up pace OR start out of section, but this is my biggest bug bare, it's so frustrating slower runners don't line up accordingly and it was very difficult to get too the pen I wanted to. Water cups are fine IMO, it's a half as so only after a few gulps,no probe with that. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Fast, very well organised, with a big race feel In full: Apart from the second underpass (which to be fair, couldn't be avoided)this is a very flat course and very quick.
I was very impressed with the overall organisation, especially the scale of the road closures and the section to the finish in the town centre. Car parking was easy and there were plenty of loos. Personally I like plastic cups as long as there are enough drinks stations - bottles tend to get wasted - but a few more people on the first water station would have helped I think as they struggled to keep up.
Unless I missed it, I didn't see a halfway marker point, which I always find helpful.
Shame its not going to appear on Po10, but hey ho.
Overall, well done to Purple Patch and everyone else involved in putting it on. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Scenic Flat, great race In full: Flat, and fast with the exception of a couple of wiggles at the underpass. Very well organised and a great race but could be improved by water cups being replaced by bottles, and there was a slightly better goody bag at the end (just got a medal, banana and bottle of water). Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Fast flat and fun In full: A great race, slow at the start where there are a few funnel points which add a minute or so to your time and early on there are places where the course is a bit tight so getting past club runners 3 or 4 abreast isn't always easy but it soon opens out and you can get a steady pace going. The course is nice and flat but not a huge amount of support.
This would be great for those chasing a PB, I managed to PB but the last 1km is slightly uphill so no sprint finish. No goody bag but plenty of water and bananas at the end. The only other niggle is the water stations are cups which I dislike and would prefer water bags or bottles.
All in all really enjoyed and will be doing it again. Date of review: September 7, 2014