Just a comment about the minutes silence. Someone commented on the reviews section that some people didn't observe the minutes silence because they were wearing ipods. Whilst there were a couple of people wearing them, a lot of people on the far side nearest the canal could not hear the loud speakers so did not know it was going on.
They were not being rude by talking, they just didn't know it was happening. I only realised it was going one because of the filthy looks some poeple were giving a group of girls who were chatting away.
Might I suggest moving the car closer next year or if its still a small group, someone standing on a box on the start line would be more effective.
I too noticed that some people didn't observe the minutes silence but i was at the back of the group and i could hear the loudspeaker ok-i just think they weren't listening to begin with!
On the subject of mp3s-i ran without one (well my nike+ was only measuring distance rather than connected to earbuds) and i without a watch (when are the results due to be posted?) and it was quite liberating-it felt like a normal sunday run without the constant timechecks and calculations to see if i was going well or needed to inject some pace.
Some music would have been great for the last few miles but it great to get back to basics!
Well done everyone. Well organised, buses and baggage very well done. I didn't need the toilets at the start, but I can tell it was a major problem. Nice course, if a little tedious after a while, mainly due to the lack of support, I guess, oh and the fact that my hip exploded at 7 miles and was struggling after that. Terrain was hard going, more because you couldn't see enough in front of you to plan your foot-falls.
All in all a great start to an event that will grow. Nice medal.
That long run through the park at the end was torture !
good event - thank goodness for the cafe on the canal at the start that had a toilet. It was tempting to stay in there with a lovely wood fire and breakfast that smelt great - but the race was worth it in the end especailly was the weather was fantastic !!
When will results be posted please ??
results and pics via
Purple Patch Website
Glad you all seemed to have had a good time and some good runs by all acounts - well done to you all! Lots of smiley faces in the finish funnel on the photographs (now up on our website, along with the results).
Thanks very much for your comments - we really do appreciate the time taken to give us feedback and have taken on board the suggestions and comments ready for next years race.
Re: the toilets - this was unfortunate and we do apologise for the lack of facilities. As runners ourselves we know how important it is to get to the loo before a race! In fact, we did have toilets organised but something went seriously awry with the plans on the day (haven't got to the bottom of it yet). We will make sure that they are in place next year.
Look forward to seeing some of you in 2008 to run it the other way round (should be quicker )!
Very best regards,
just go to
Thank-you it works now
I will be there next year as well,hope the finish of this year is truly the start of next .. love a good downhill start
Hope your legs are all recovered and you are now basking in a warm glow after your efforts!
I just wanted to let you know the outcome of the toilet investigation! The toilets we had organised were at the Coachmans Inn approx 200m from the park entrance. I have spoken to the landlady (who opened early especially for the race) and the toilets were definitely open on the day and plenty of runners made good use of them. Details of where to find toilets were in the pre-race instructions that we sent out, but I think maybe some runners hadn't read that or didn't remember. For those who said they were locked - they really weren't, but the side door is apparently quite stiff, so if they went to that door, they may have thought they were.
We (PP) must take responsibility for that - lesson learnt - we need to put plenty of signs around, rather than rely on the pre-race instructions. You can be sure that there will be plenty of toilets, very easily identified, next year !
thanks for detailed explanation. Now that's solved could you arrange for the towpath to be tarmacked? It would certainly make for a real PB potential !
Legs have recovered and been out twice already since sunday
Oops i think i am addicted LOL
my first half marathon ,
can't believe I made it. Great location.
The last bit when you enter the park just seemed never ending.
Looking forward to next year.
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