In short: Lovely views along the Thames In full: A lovely race, not great for PB potential due to many pinch points along the way. Was towards the back of the second wave and first mile took over 11 mins stop/start through gates and narrow bite of tow path. However, if you just go out to enjoy it, it's a lovely race, very well organised. Date of review: July 28, 2013
In short: Excellent day out In full: The 7th staging of this, I think they said, and it shows. Organization flawless, ditto marshalling, and an extra water station laid on in hot weather. Lovely course too. Particularly good baggage stow. Thanks to all, and I'll see you again next year. Date of review: July 28, 2013
In short: Fantastic event, great team of organisers, lovely atmosphere & super route. Going back in 2013 as once just isn't enough! In full: Thank you to the Purple Patch Team for a fantastic event, your time and effort in all the pre-event set up etc is much appreciated. Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Lovely scenery and well organised In full: The organisation was good, with waves and coach transport. The scenery is our lovely Thames and the weather played its part too, and although some paths are narrow it's possible to pass most of the time Well done to the organisers for changing the route to accommodate the Olympic rowing. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Another one for next year In full: From my 2009 rating as still valid...."Simply excellent - stunning views along the river bank. Helpful, friendly & supportive marshals. Good number of water stops. When the course was moved away from the river bank the route was well marked. Well organised & well supported at the end. Top Tip - when next year`s entries are open get in fast. Many thanks to Claire, Chris & their team for another great Purple Patch event."
In short: Hot hot hot In full: 2nd year in a row I've run this and it doesn't get any easier. This time the start was from Slough due to the work for the Olympics but scenery over that way was very pleasant and no problem with parking at the start.
Hot day removed most of the water that had piled up due to the weeks of rain beforehand but there were still some muddy parts at the end which were a bit energy sapping.
Much slower time than last year due to recent illness but glad I took part and recommended event from great organisers. Date of review: August 10, 2012
In short: Generally well organised In full: Reasonable event. Slightly lacking in atmosphere at the start. Some poor marshalling early on had 5 or 6 runners at the front heading off in the wrong direction - hopefully sorted out when the rest of the runners came through. Apart from that, well organised. Date of review: July 30, 2012
In short: Even a bad trip couldn't spoil this special race In full: Well organised and usual lovely scenery. I tripped over one of the moped hazards just after mile 5 and had a bad fall. Marshall and other runners were very solicitous of me. And at the finish a race organiser really looked out for me and got me to St John's A tent. Thank you! A poor time but a big sense of satisfaction to finish after blood streaming down my leg and hand. Date of review: July 28, 2012
In short: A mixed course featuring grass, gravel, mud patches, stairs and a herd of cows! In full: My 1st half, a good race, but a race start time of 10am given a hot day in July might need to be revised, a 9am start might work better, also no goodie bag or sweet snack at the end. Date of review: July 26, 2012