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
In full: having run this twice i have notice much improvement, baggage area was run like clock work, the course all though the same did not have the usual bottleneck at the underpass , plenty of water stops, well marshalled and plenty of support, banana, bottled water and a nice medal at finish, my only moan was that could not hear the announcements at the start and the warning of the cannon going off to start the race Date of review: November 13, 2013
In short: . Only have two real grips with the race. 1) cupped water In full: Nice little race which overall I enjoyed but could be made so much better. Course was good and I'd say has PB potential, although the underpass at the start and finish Is a bit of a pain and certainly slows down the last mile. Only have two real gripes with the race. 1) cupped water - for and event of this length, size and cost this is very poor. What if you get a warm day!, think you'd struggle with little cups!!. also no bottle at the end to drink while walking back to car etc.. 2) Cost - no bottle drinks, no goody bag, no t-shirt, no massage.
Compare this to Chippenham Half marathon which I did a week later. Bottled drinks on course, showers, chipped, goody bag containing - drink, t-shirt, energy bar, haribo, medal, free massage, charity food stall rather than over priced commercial ones. All for £17 affiliated. Date of review: September 17, 2013