In short: Great views, undulating path, well organised - lovely morning run :) In full: First run of this. Was concerned about muddy puddles beforehand, but it was very mangeable. Set a new PB by 9.5 mins from my 1st ever half marathon. The variety of terrain and views stopped it becoming boring an was challenging at times. Really enjoyed it and would hope to do again next year. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Loved it the route the weather the organisation and the novelty of starting in one place finishing in another and despite one expected tumble still managed something like 2.11 would definitely do it again. Sarah Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: The sun shines, at last, on the Thames :-) In full: At last the sun shines, but it made this beautiful course a challenge in the unaccustomed heat! Cheerfully marshalled and very well organised, a pleasurable way to celebrate my birthday!...... thank you Purple Patch, I'll be back. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Lovely run along the river In full: My third outing on this one, I think. The course is lovely, although this year's was amended because of the Olympics at Dorney. Organization excellent as ever, especially the baggage stow (essential for us non-drivers who can't leave stuff in the car). The first hot day of summer so I suffered in the heat but otherwise a nice day out. I'll be back. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Lovely scenic course In full: Very pleasant course, following the Thames (or this year, the Jubilee River in places) most of the way; although largely off-road, there was a surprising lack of mud except for a stretch near the end, in spite of the recent weather. Well organised and marshalled, and in spite of the warning about narrow sections, there were very few places where you couldn't pass other runners if you wanted to. Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: A truly enjoyable race. In full: This was one of the nicest races I have ever run. It had a wonderful atmosphere from the very beginning, akin to local Parkruns, owing in part to its fairly small size and also to the excellent organisation.
The race follows the Thames tow path, and so whilst the signage was brilliantly executed at tricky corners, road crossings and bridge crossings, it did not impose on the scenery of the course. The course itself was not closed off from the public, and so some narrower parts of the path will see you dodging bicycles, dogs and walkers, but for the most part everyone is friendly enough.
The course is not exactly PB material, but it is such a beautiful route that it's totally worth running. And the organisation, though minimal, was so flawless that it transformed any racing stress into a delightful summer run. Date of review: August 5, 2011