In short: Great organisation, great location and a tough course In full: Big thanks to Paul and the RiotRunner team for putting this together. Ran like clockwork from the moment we saw the road signs on the way in to when we left. Nice touch having the covered seating area with hot snacks for friends and family. Really hoping the inagural event will be followed up in 2011.
Keep it up chaps, you seem to know what you are doing! Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: Muddier, wetter and longer (?) In full: This still rates as one of the biggest smile makers of the year. The mud section seemed longer, the hills seemed steeper and I'm sure it felt longer than last year.
I'm also sure the size of the field is growing . . .
Fantasticly quick to get results published
Big question is, did the ambulance ever get out of the mud? Date of review: December 5, 2009
In short: How to justify new running gear In full: Just do this run! Clothes stink, trainers stink, shorts stink . . but big, BIG smiles.
You get a fabulous, well organised, enjoyable run through some really great woods and trails, with a real team spirited crowd and you can justify buying new running gear the week after. What more could you want?
BTW did anyone notice how the organisers got 2 days of heavy rain leading up to the event to provide the water and mud, a small shower just before the start to give it a bit of extra slip but then dry bright weather whilst we ran? Master stroke.
PS, having gone down the steep bank into the lake, waded waste high across and then scrambled up the other side I was surprised to hear a marshal say, "mind out there's a puddle at the top". On that note, everyone has focused on the mud / water, but Marshals, even those stuck out on traffic duty, were excellent.
Definitely up for this one next. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: A great, well organised social event for runners In full: Why "social event"? Because it's so much more laid back and relaxed than many runs and that's meant in a really positive way. It would suit beginners as well as more seasoned runners, but less so club runners as PB's are less likely. Great route, great marshals (specially at mile 2.26 with one helping an injured runner, and about half way when someone was clearly struggling).
Thumbs up again for Purple Patch. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Well organised, excellent marsals, and loos all around the course! In full: 1st time of doing Bristol and pleased I did. On the positives, it ran like clockwork with good communication before hand, excellent (and I mean really excellent) marshals throughout). Really pleased to see an organiser lay on loos around the course and the medal / goody bag was a nice finishing touch. Good balance of water and energy drinks, and good to have such cheering crowds, mainly at the end of the course.
Some feedback for the organisers would be lack of loos on the green and directions for exiting the village when trying to find car parks (1st time visitor to Bristol).
In short: Again PP show how races should be organised In full: So if you are after a really good scenic run, are not too fussed about time, without the hassle of 1 loo per 1000 runners (Asics take note) then this is a good one to go for. It was a tough half marathon considering it was flat. Partly my fault due to lack of training, but the ground under foot was tricky in places (tree roots, divots, grass, gravel). Even so, thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next Purple Patch event Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: More for PBs than the pleasure In full: Logistics were better organised than previous Dorney events (so well done) and frequency of water was good. Agree with comments about the quality of the medal and the sweets were good. The venue (on a non-windy day) is ideal for PBs but in terms of scenery for more casual runners it could do with variety. Not sure I could do a half marathon on this course. 1 comment about the placing of marshalls. They were well placed for each turn, manned the car park and water stations really well, but 1 or 2 more on the long 2.5 km straights would have been welcome. Date of review: June 8, 2009