In short: on the damp side . . . In full: What a shame that the terrible weather affected what is normally such an enjoyable and well organised event. I can imagine the organisers agonised over the decision to cancel the marathon for ages beforehand, desperately hoping they could keep it going for the enjoyment of all the competitors. However when they took that difficult decision I am sure that they took it with the safety of all the competitors in mind and am immensely grateful for all their efforts before and during the race. The weather was pretty unprecedented, and whatever decision they took, there would have been some criticism.
When the race got underway and I got over the disappointment of my first sub three hour marathon (ha!!) being cancelled, I thought it went relatively smoothly and I felt so alive in the battering headwind on the Greenway! THANKS so much to all the supporters along the way who were so enthusiastic – especially the Marshalls who gave up their Sunday Morning and all the kids who manned the drinks stations. Seriously though Welford – cold wet sponges? Are you having a laugh!!
Hopefully next year’s weather will be better and the race can get back to being a highlight of the running calendar – good luck to the organisers for 2013!
In short: it was alright I s'pose In full: OK, I'm joking, it was absolutely brilliant. I totally agree with the reviewer who said that you are made to feel 'like' one of the family. Martin and Sue are wonderful and it was a great moment at the finish to have them both there welcoming us back. Definate PB potential (seriously, how many flat 45milers are there??) and the scenery is outstanding, honest!! I'll be living off the endorphins from this event for months, if not years. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Mud mud mud mud mud hills hills hills mud mud hills hills and bananas In full: Brilliant. Well done Paul on another excellent flawless event. I hope you never retire!
The weather just adds to this event, and the atmosphere at the marathon transitions is really uplifting.
Excellent freebies at the end, but the real selling point of this event as I have already mentioned is the organisation. The logistics must be a nightmare. Its a point to point race, with real parking problems, involving three events in one day. But the organisers have overcome all these potential problems and everyone seems to go hope elated with no complaints at all. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Pure running decadence In full: This race has absolutley everything. Stunning scenery (although admittedly this years race was a tad disappointing on that front!) excellent terain (testing at times but much of the course is good soft grass), brutal hills (up and down), heroic marshalls and checkpoint people ("What did you do with your weekend?" "I stood on top of a windy hill above cloud level for 8 hours and fed bananas to lunatics"), flawless organistion (not only do they have runners but also 'joggers' (anyone know the difference between a runner and a jogger?) and walkers) and to top it all quite literally 200 metres of tarmac! Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: It didn't rain! Woohoooo! In full: Flawless organisation as ever and the great scenery was much more enjoyable this year because the conditions under foot were much more stable, No mud and some of the nasty ruts had been filled in. Really good atmosphere at the Farley Mount relay transition. I love this event - well done organisers. Date of review: October 4, 2009
Great velue to start and finish. Beutiful riverside scenery all the way along the course. The friendliest most supportive marshalls I've ever come across. The route went past a lovely village pub twice and it provided a great bit of atmosphere on the way out and back because everyone was stood out on the road cheering. And there was a band playing on the way back. Weather weas also perfect. Could this have been better? I think not! THANKS PURPLE PATCH and your marshalls - a really great event. Date of review: March 22, 2009
In short: Excellent race. In full: Flawless organisation, excellent course that was only improved by the inclement weather. This must be one of the best events in the country, surely. Date of review: October 9, 2008
In short: Excellent route In full: The route was the best thing about this race. Really nice scenery. OK there were some hills but they just add to the feeling of achievement at the end.
Quite a small field and I am torn between telling everyone what a good race it was and keeping it a secret because I think the small field just added to the charm. What the hell - I would recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting mildling challenging 1/2M course next year.
Only small gripe was the puctuality - the start and the prize giving were a little later than scheduled, but them maybe I'm just bitter because I didn't get a prize! Date of review: November 4, 2007
In short: great course In full: This is a great course through forest trails and farmland that reminded me why running is such a good pastime. There are one or two hills though so its no PB course, but that doesn't matter at all when the course is as good as it was.
Considering this was the 1st Hursley 10k it was also very well organised - I would definately consider it again next year. Date of review: September 23, 2007