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
In short: Great route, great scenery and very well organised In full: Different start location to normal but it was very easy to get to by train. Staggered start and intial lap reduced any congestion so overtaking was not a problem (for me anyway).Marshals the best i have experienced both for support and direction. Would have really enjoyed it more if i had coped with the heat better but great to relax on the grass at the finish supporting others. Highly recommended Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: An event which is a change from tarmac pounding In full: Excellent arrangements on a warmish day. This is an event that any runner should have a go at.There are no fears for new runners or plodders as there is always something to look at or receiving encouragement from marshalls.The public on the race route only add to the uniqueness of the event as most folk get out of the way.Well worth entering! Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: A scenic and varied race, well worth the effort of starting and ending in different places! In full: Organisation was once again impeccable from the Purple Patch team; I've done lots of their races now and they always go like clockwork.
It was unfortunate we couldn't run the whole race along the Thames this year due to Olympic Rowing restrictions but the diversion around Jubilee River was excellent. Scenery was brilliant throughout, especially around Cookham, though the varied terrain and heat made it hard work and certainly not a PB course. Date of review: July 23, 2012