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
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