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
In short: One of the top races of the year! In full: I ran around with my old friend Ron Faster and we had a great time. Really beautiful scenery and actually quite enjoyed the extra mud this year! Top organisation from the Purple Patch team as always, brilliant marshals, especially around the Flower Pot area, and a fantastic medal & t-shirt. Worlds apart from the desperately dull half marathon I watched at Dorney Lake on Saturday. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: A must-do event to end the racing year. In full: I love this event; 2nd year doing the 10 miler for me, and I'm glad I'd forgotten some of it from last time! Certain sections are seriously tough, slogging through mud and water, but to be honest, that's what makes it such great fun.
Other race organisers in the area (I won't mention names) please take note. Great course, great medal, great atmosphere and great value with all that's thrown in. I was initially sceptical about having to park a mile or so away at a hotel, but I entered late in the day due to some dithering, but the shuttle bus was seamless and easy; good fun in itself!
I loved the friendly and now familiar My Sporting Times faces, and I can't wait until next time. Something tells me this'll be bigger again next time. Date of review: December 29, 2013
In short: Great fun little 10k In full: Such a gorgeous place to run around the woods. I'd encourage anyone local to take part next year - this was a really well organised, fun event and a cracking little course as well. Loved the medal and mince pies too! Date of review: December 17, 2013
In short: Great Event In full: Another great event from the PP team. The usual slick organisation from them - I've come to expect nothing else! Really quick (ok, that's relative!) course and an interesting mix of the towpath, nature reserve and town amongst it. Brilliant addition of the results screen at the finish too; i'll be back in 2014 that's for sure. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Superb event from Purple Patch In full: Great race all around, pancake flat, great crowds this year, super-slick registration and race village etc. There have been some teething problems in the previous years, but this is a seriously good event now, fault free in my book. If only I was a little fitter!!!
Sign me up for next time :-) Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: What a fantastic race! In full: The team at PP have done it again; just a superb day out! Lovely weather and a pancake flat course along a beautiful stretch of river help, but it's the little touches that make a great race - and this is a great race. I'll be back next year. Date of review: July 30, 2013