In short: Scenery, organisation, marshalling and weather all perfect! In full: I admit I've done this course before and I'll be back as it's one of the most scenic routes along the Thames you'll find. It has a mixture of a very short road section, towpath, woodland, fields and only slight hills that only add to the view. Purple Patch (as always) offer great value for money, slick organisation leading right up to race day and, as others continue to point out, their marshals are some of the best around.
Keep it up and see you at the next one! Date of review: October 24, 2016
In short: Organised by runners, for runners with a great location In full: So many positives about this event and a few that made it special:
Ample water in sensible squeezy bags so they were light and easy to carry without spilling any. Excellent marshals throughout the course who engaged with the runners and I noticed more than one on each road junction to be sure it remained a traffic free route. Collecting numbers and dropping / collecting bags was handled very efficiently Access to an open air swimming pool at the end just finished the day off perfectly
It was clear the entry money was spent on making it the best event it could be, and shames some of the larger organised runs. Well done Burnham Joggers.
In short: A few small changes would make a good event great In full: I echo Muttley and a few others. Some people chose a race because of a medal so disappointing not to get one. Having said that, a towel was a novel idea and will be used so thank you for ingenuity. 2 small comments that may improve things for next year. 1) The start is a little congested, yet there is chip timing. Why not follow what they do at other events and stagger the start? For example, you could do the first 100, wait 30 seconds, release the next 100 and so on.
2) Signage - Coming along from Showcase direction and up to the big roundabout were no signs. Even though I know the FW building there were no parking signs to suggest a right turn into the building. There were however signs visible on the opposite side of the road suggesting you need to carry on towards J11. When in Shinfield, there were no obvious signs for number collection, instead the natural path was to follow people to the village hall where registrations were taking place. Again, a small point but something really easy to remedy.
Just to finish on a positive, ample loos and ALL marshals were good particularly the chap on the final big roundabout who was great. Good job! Date of review: May 4, 2016
In short: Rat Race = Money Grabbing Gits In full: I need to echo the previous comment. When you look at events such as Reading half where they need to pay for road closures in a major town, a fleet of buses to ferry people to and from the station, hire of the Madajski stadium for the start and finish, and then you look at what Rat Race had to provide ... I have no idea how they can defend themselves against profiteering. They then have the cheek to add an "administration charge" of 4.99% to the entry fee and bump the price up (over and above the advertised price on their web site) if you pay on the day.
Rat Race Gits aside, the venue is fantastic, marshalling was good, results were quick to be produced (and so to were the photos) . Only gripes about the organisation is the finish 200m was across very uneven, rutted ground where a sprint finish would have been suicidal.
In short: A good, well run local event In full: Impressed with the organisation, the number & quality of marshals, and to get chip timing, medal, snack, lead vehicle for a very reasonable price was impressive.
Decent start location with indoor waiting, hot drinks, bacon butties and decent loos.
First lap through the high street with supporters was good, and a welcome boost on the second lap, but it's still a town centre run along roads and it is undulating. Even so, lovely local running club that deserves a thumbs up for the day
In short: Really friendly, well organised, well attended race. What more could you want! In full: Despite the route featuring in a national paper 3 days earlier because of flooding . . despite the Environment Agency flood warning only 2 days earlier . .the race was able to ahead with a modified course thanks to some late nights and early start by Purple Patch.
Lovely route around one of the local country parks with a finish just along from the local fete. Good facilities at the start courtesy of Charvil Pavilion, so proper changing rooms, plenty of toilets and secure baggage.
As usual with Purple Patch, great organisation, great marshals (particularly at the water tables), and good to have medals handed out by one of the locals.
Price may appear a bit high compared to Park Run but you get fantastic organisation, a fab route, water en-route and at the end, medals, medical support, physio on-site and some of the best toilet facilities of any race!
One to watch for next year Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Mixed - Excellent organisation and marshals, but a high number of injuries ?? In full: The good bits : Organisation was great, marshals were supportive, the t-shirt and medal were good, the number of loos was about right, the medical support was good and the chaps on the course in the early hours setting up were absolute stars!!
The less good bit: (as above i.e. power station, loops) Out of the 4 runners I was with, 4 were doing well at the half way and all 4 got injured (1 pulled out). I've heard they are not the only ones so I hope this is anecdotal rather than a reflection on the event. I would say the camber on the road between 10 and 12 miles may well have been a contributing factor, and if the race line could be more on the brow of the road it may help.
Big thanks to the people of Brighton for being so supportive, offering sweets, oranges during the run and their best wishes throughout the weekend. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Perfect Purple Patch In full: so I'd agree it's not PB potential as it does undulate, however last year and this I smashed my PB on it. Must be a combination of the venue, the scenery, the fantastic marshals and the lack of pressure to to fantastic organisation. 1 possible improvement for next year would be to move the porta-loos back to their original position . . ..
well done Purple Patch. You deserver the awards you have received for this race. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: First time at a Reading Road Runners event and will be back for more In full: Loads of really positive parts to this race, in particular the marshals around the course. Numbers more than expected, very supportive and willing to give up their Sunday to stand out in the cold. Big cheers to them all!
The only suggestions for next year would be to increase the loos for the blokes, and be aware that for some runners it will be the furthest they have ever run. I can run <1 hour for a 10k, so my aim on 20 miles was < 3hr 30 mins. This put me just inside the time for when the school closed (after getting goody bag and collecting my clothing bag).
In conclusion though, a good positive experience and I hope to be back again next year. Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: Another fabulous river side race by Purple Patch In full: Marshals as always with Purple Patch are fantastic. The route follows along the Thames from South Bucks to Berkshire and finishes a stones throw from Eton college. Fantastic support around the whole course, with key stages (like road crossings) well handled by the PP team. Course has a few pinch points early on, but a flat route on firm ground means a PB is possible. Heat was a problem this year (24 degrees) so the extra water station(s) were most welcome!
Can't wait for next year Date of review: July 24, 2011