In short: A must do event In full: For the first time in a couple of years we haven't had freezing conditions for the run and I was worried that the course would be harder than even (muddier!), but actually it wasn't too bad.
A really brilliant course, cleverly giving 10k and 10 Mile options without simply adding laps, and a perfect mix of trails, road and of course a last 400m across a cabbage patch field to the finish line! What a finish!
Again I entered late (mid November) and car parked off site. This year, due to a late change, we used a park & ride just near the motorway junction (perfect for me as I come from that direction anyway) and it's barely 10 mins on a free bus. What's not to like? Although I can only see this filling up earlier & earlier each year, so I don't think I'll chance missing out next time.
A brilliant event. Great course, lovely people, superb medal that doubles as a bottle opener, mince pies, mulled wine. Awesome. Date of review: December 29, 2015
In short: A fantastic new race on the calendar In full: I loved this! Less than a 15 minute drive from home this was a real treat with excellent organisation, a testing and interesting course, and lots of mud in places. All the elements you'd want in a trail run in a lovely setting and great atmosphere. Brilliant medal too. This will go straight into my diary for next year. Date of review: December 2, 2015
In short: A great way to end the year In full: One of the friendliest events you'll find anywhere,and it's the attention to detail that makes it. Super slick organisation, from pre event comms, to the free shuttle for those parking at Wokefield Park, and the cheery marshals. Best of all for me is the wonderful course; a perfect mix of trails, paths and road through some lovely countryside. I'll be signing up for 2015 right now!! Date of review: December 28, 2014
In short: Cracking race In full: Great to see this event take off after the small field last year. A really lovely course in a beautiful setting, with an interesting mixture of scenery, but what really makes the Muddy Welly is the little touches such as the quality medal with a free iTaB, mulled wine at the finish and the fantastic organisation. Always a pleasure to take part in a My Sporting Times event - along with Purple Patch Running, these are definitely the events to do locally. Date of review: December 15, 2014
In short: One of the greats. In full: A brilliant race from start to finish. Such a great idea to have multiple waves at the start, and unlike some other events, this worked really well. Only slight congestion in the early stages for me before we all found our pace, but what race doesn't have that? It's the little touches that make this such a good event, from the bus ride, to super slick number pick up, great friendly marshals and instant online results. The highlight though is the lovely course - beats running around Dorney Lake countless times, that's for sure! Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: The friendliest and by far the best triathlon i've taken part in. In full: Hopefully this won't clash with the Maidenhead Half next time as this is an event to keep coming back to again and again.
A really friendly event, ultra slick organisation right from the pre race information, the genius idea of racking your bike pre-registration and then the event itself. Brilliant marshals and lovely courses.
I stayed overnight at the hotel onsite the night before the race and I'd certainly do that again; a relaxed breakfast and lie in makes such a difference.
In short: An all time favourite In full: A glorious event, lovely scenery and all of the usual super slick organisation that you'd expect from Purple Patch. I've run this every year since 2007 and this was the best yet - I may be a mid-pack plodder these days so perhaps I take more time to take in the view!
My last race in the area was the debacle of the F3 Events attempt at putting on something similar a couple of months ago - I'd put the Down Tow Up Flow down as a great example of how to really organise a race. First class. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable, great venue and surprisingly quick course for the 10k. In full: A great little race, very well organised with plenty to do for spectators, especially with the kids races taking place after the 10k. I enjoyed the 10k course more than I was expecting to and the one great thing about urban courses is the brilliant crowd support along the way - it really helped. The school was the perfect venue for an event too. I entered on the day and the registration/entry was brilliantly organised. Well done Purple Patch. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Dreadful In full: I've done a few F3 events over the years; they're local to me and often in pleasant locations and all sound promising. But to quote Dragons Den, "I'm out". Really poor organisation which is simply not good enough, I won't be back and I wouldn't recommend F3 to anyone I'm afraid. Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: A hidden gem - don't tell too many people! In full: Excellent organisation as you'd expect from Purple Patch. The car parking, baggage drop and cafe a matter of yards from the start/finish was all great, but the real treat for me was the lovely scenic and interesting course. Who'd ever know that you'd find such a great place to run from a business park just off the M4 - hats off PP. Date of review: May 19, 2014