In short: Very enjoyable new half marathon event In full: Thanks to PP and all of the marshalls, water stop helpers and anyone else for an enjoyable morning. Being a local to Maidenhead it was great to run a half marathon so close to home.
Despite it being an easy route in theory, I was quite a lot slower than my pb. Think might be a question of training/prep rather than anything else though.
Route was great. Unlike others, I enjoyed the first lap at the start! Meant my family could cheer me on more than once. Need to sort out the faster runners catching up before all get through start line though. Road closures worked well. Not great having to go under the main road twice, but I am not sure there is much that can be done about that. There were clear mile markers (one reviewer didn't see them).
Timing indicators at the start would be useful to help people line up in right place according to expected finishing time.
Didn't use/need baggage drop or toilets.
I plan to run every year, with my designated number. Date of review: September 6, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable team event. Highly recommend it. In full: Second year of running this and really enjoyed it. Lovely atmosphere and well organised. Routr around Maidenhead is great. Slightly twisty bu get to run along the high street as well as along the thames. Thanks Purple Patch and helpers. Many thanks also to *all* of the marshalls. Can't have been that nice stood in the rain, but they were brilliant and giving directions and encouragement. Hoping I can do the half planned in September. Will be back for the relay next year - need to keep our shield! Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable - one of my favourites In full: A very enjoyable 10k. Lovely to have it back since it's last running in 2007. Must admit that I can't quite remember the old course, but today's route was great. Lots of variety, including the 'cross-country' like start and finish, the tow path and some town bits in the middle. Didn't quite make it to the Oracle though?!
Thanks to the organisers and marshalls for a lovely start to my Sunday morning. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: A special race In full: My 5th consecutive year of running this race, and it is still one of my favourite events of the year. Great organisation and marshalling thanks (though only one sit down toilet for the blokes?). Love the feel to this event, with the bouncy castle (free!), tombola (kids won bottle of champagne!), BBQ (family made use of after the race, sat on our picnic rug in the sun), cakes and beer (didn't indulge).
Love the fact that my children can take part in the safe, around park, 3k (or the short dash if you have younger children). Would have preferred this to have started slightly later as I missed the start, which didn't happen last year. I was in no rush to leave the event, but maybe people are keen to get on with things and get home again.
Found it quite tough this year. Discovered at start that my Garmin battery was depleted so ran the course 'blind'. Thought I was being slow, but got a course record for me. I have got faster every year since I started in 2006. Can't go on for ever!
Thanks to everyone. Will be there next year again if I am free. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Thanks to the organisers for a nice evening's run In full: First time doing this race. I will do it again as I have entered all 3 of the series. It was a nice, enjoyable race to turn up for. Organisation was very good. Route a little dull, but totally as expected. Good view of Windsor castle! Nice and fast and not congested with runners. Actually could have done with a few more maybe. Am interested to know the accuracy of the distance and timing - I am sure that it is fine but one always wonders...Think I pb-ed....waiting for results to go online. Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: Brilliant thanks In full: I run this race every year now. Perfect organisation. Thanks to all involved. Don't get held up at all around the course. Not too many runners. Weather was perfect for running and I got another pb. Yippee! Oh, and I shared the sweets with the family, so thanks for that too. Date of review: May 8, 2010
In short: Love this race In full: I've run this (very local to me) race every year since 2007 and will continue to do so. It is one of my favourites. Personally, I've grown used to the route and actually really enjoy the first three miles. It's ace to see all the runners, front and back, and spotting faster and slower friends, and is also great for spectators. Also, as someone else said, it gives people a chance to find their 'position' before the route narrows. Maybe starting markers based on finishing time might help. Did find the later pavement sections a little congested, so not too many more runners in this race please. Many thanks to all the helpers and organisers. Early (?) start gun was a surprise, but better than the late ones I think we have had in the past. One day I may even come down to the MACS clubhouse and join them for a run.... Date of review: April 3, 2010
In short: Enjoyed - thanks all In full: My 4th year in running the event, and still one of my favorite races of the year. Found it quite tough - it's not really a p.b. course - but I get faster each year so am happy!
Both my children (4 and 6) enjoyed the fun run, and the older one took part in the 3k for the first time this year. I was really proud and happy that she completed both laps, and hardly walked at all!
Many thanks to all the organisers. It was a lovely morning out for the family, as always. Bouncy castle appeared to be free, and the refreshments were very reasonably priced. We won some wine plus some local carrots and potatoes from the tombolo! We will be back.
One small niggle - maybe there could be a few more gents loos? Only one sit down toilet was quite limiting. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Organisation was superb! In full: My third time running the Dorney Dash, and once again I must say how good the organisation was. Can't fault it! All the helpers/marshalls etc were brilliant.
I knocked 2 mins 22 of my pb (which I set at this race last year) so was very pleased. Weather was soo much better for running in, i.e. not hot! I agree that running around Dorney Lake is a little dull, but I knew that when I entered. What was good was the race was not over crowded so there was little to no weaving going on. So much better than some of the bigger races I've done.
As I said last year, and others have agreed this year, would be nice to have proper chip timing. But not the end of the world as I can time myself.
Thank you everyone for a very rewarding morning. I plan to be back next year again. Date of review: June 6, 2009
In short: Loved it In full: My second time running, did it also in 2002. However this time I wore a costume (pink lady apple) and enjoyed it so much more. Highly recommend a costume to any 'non-serious' runner as it sooo adds to the atmosphere and support from the crowd. I was following a tidal wave of cheers and screams for me from start to finish.
Organisation was amazing. Helpers (all of them) were amazing. Crowd was amazing. Fellow runners were amazing. (Even the weather was amazing). Thank you everyone!
One little niggle, though I feel bad about doing it. In their enthusiasm to cheer on runners and gave out sweets etc, the crowds sometimes came off the pavements onto the road and severely reduced the width of space for runners to get through. Would rather have them though and live with it!
Started at the back, and when I walked I really tried to stick to the edges unless I was overtaking a slower walker, but in a race this size I think you have to live with being held up and having to do some weaving.
Would love to do it again, but promised the wife this was the last time. Date of review: April 28, 2009