In short: Good PB race, nice route and atmosphere In full: Enjoyable race on a slightly sunny day. Route was fine, country roads, next to the river, through the town and despite being 2 laps was fine. Crowded at the start and through the subway but evened out soon after. Got a PB despite having a head cold and recovering from injuries so well pleased. Date of review: September 23, 2015
In short: Excellent In full: Great race on flat rural roads. Definite PB potential with no switchbacks other than going through an underpass twice. Good support and enough drinks stations. Would do it again! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Excellent no-nonsence superbly organised race. In full: The charm of this race is it's low-key no fuss. Just gets on with it. If I have a slight niggle it is the recent introduction of pacers. I got forced into the kerb with a couple of sharp elbows in my ribs by one impregnable group who formed a barrier that you couldn't get round. Let people run their own race. Date of review: September 10, 2015
In short: Well organised, flat and fast In full: I enjoyed this one. No issues before the start, number picked up and bag dropped off with minimum fuss. Race start was conveniently located in the town centre. Two laps isn't 100% ideal but the course was a nice rural one, and the lovely weather made it seem quite picturesque. I wasn't chasing a PB, using the run as an MP session for Berlin, but potential was there for fast times for sure - no hills of any significance and wide, straight roads for the majority of the race. Would run again Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Well run event In full: Easy free parking nearby in multi-story, nice start area, right in the centre of town, handy wetherspoons for drinks/snacks.
Scenic route, the second lap doesn't loop past the start again, so doesn't feel like laps. Great marshals, particularly at the last water stop - we could hear them from about half a mile away! Enough water on a sunny day
The only real inclines are on bridges and the underpasses at the start and end.
Didn't use the baggage drop as parking so close. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Excellent effort In full: Top event. Cafe and shops at the race village, fast baggage stow and retrieval (important for me), pacers, results online within a couple of hours, nice shiny medal, plenty of water on course and at finish ... organization faultless. Course is flat and fast with a couple of underpasses and brief bottlenecks but tbh I don't mind because they stop me going too fast in the first mile. Purple Patch put on several local events, they're all excellent. Date of review: September 6, 2015
In short: wouldnt travel far to it but as a local great to be part of In full: first mile too narrow/crowded, first underpass chaos with long wait, prefer original single lap route and would prefer a t shirt to a medal. Not AKA licenced so can't add performance to runbritain :(. Plus points = well run admin, flat route, good atmosphere at finish Date of review: September 13, 2014
In short: Another great organised run from the Purple Patch team In full: Can't beat the Purple Patch team for organisation and a great turn out from local residents who supported everyone along the route. The course is quick but not as scenic as other Purple Patch runs. If you are after a PB time then this is a must run. A great finish along the town centre There is no goody bag at the end……..just water and a banana and OK medal