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
In short: Seriously muddy and seriously good. In full: I loved this. I loved the special 4x4 parking area, easy number pick up and chip timing. I loved the medal and the mulled wine! The wet weather in the build up made some of the going fairly extreme, and the last mile or two were brutal, but it was a brilliant course, especially running around the Roman walls. I'll be back next year. Date of review: December 31, 2012
In short: Great addition to the local calendar In full: Parking was within 50m of the race hq, so along with easy number pick up, a pretty short toilet queue when i was there and somewhere to grab a coffee, this was as hassle free as it gets. Really friendly and low key atmosphere before the race too. The course was a genuine mixture of country lanes to recover on, a few hills and plenty of mud; it was perfect!As others have mentioned the marshals were fantastic and really supportive and the drinks stations were brilliant. The medal and goody bag at the finish were a real bonus; i didn't know we were getting a goody bag, so the drink & voucher for the running shop were most welcome. Great medal too - never had one with my name on before! Mulled wine was a nice touch too. Thumbs up all around, it's in the diary already for next time. Date of review: January 7, 2012