"Down Tow Up Flow" Half-Marathon

22 July 2012

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22/07/2012 at 16:47

And I didn't say anything about the view- it was fabulous, will be back for more!

22/07/2012 at 16:52

Funny you should say that, Muttley, was going to post the same thing about the Forerunner discrepancy. My Garmin read 12.91 miles at the finish. I recall hitting the 12 mile marker at 11.7 miles miles on my watch. It was a welcome sight though!

I faded from 9 miles also, the never-evending stretch in the field at 10 miles was tough and the water station and gate at 11 miles really knocked me out of any stride I had left. The heat was just energy sapping today. I came in at 1:55:54. 8 minutes off my half marathon PB from March but I was satisfied with sub 2hr. Is that your Garmin time, Muttley? You never know, chip time may take a second or two off hopefully.

I enjoyed the course, the organistaion was fine and agree with the comment above that says it felt very low key.

22/07/2012 at 16:57

Hey that was a nice morning out  Not too much mud but far too much sun.  And I agree the mileage was a little odd.

I finished with my Garmin saying 12.8...


Rafiki    pirate
22/07/2012 at 17:09

I spoke to about half a dozen guys at the end and we all had about 12.8 or 12.9 on Garmins. Doesnt make that much difference, still a lovely run!!

22/07/2012 at 17:20

Great event & good to be back.

Good to see Muttley & RLTW again

My garmin measured 12.93 but it also shows I was running ON the River Thames half the time so I don`t believe the distance either. I have known this before on river / canal runs before.

Well done Purple Patch



22/07/2012 at 17:23

Probably was a wee bit short then. As you say, doesn't make that much difference.

Slight case of dehydration here, though. Drinking all afternoon, not one trip to the loo. I don't do hot weather.

22/07/2012 at 17:28
I agree with everything already said.

I enjoyed this run, and Purple Patch deserve a lot of kudos for a slickly organised event. I think the course was slightly short, but who cares

Weather was both fabulous and bit much (I also faded quite badly between mile 10-12 due to the heat), the aforementioned mud was there but only in a minor way, and overall this was a very enjoyable morning.

1hr 37 for me. Should have been more like 1hr 34 really.....
22/07/2012 at 17:29

My Garmin has it as 20.68km. I was aiming for a sub 2hr run, so thanks to my Garmin and the apparent short length, I got a 1hr 59. Weather was great - but it was dehydrating!

22/07/2012 at 18:40

My Garmin came out as 12.99miles. This included a bit of walking on water, and some dodgy looking GPS tracks under some of the more denser tree cover. I've lost signal, or the accuracy of the signal has dropped severely many times when I run between Maidenhead and Cookham through the treelined section.

Some of the guys towards the front will probably have run further than 13.1 after a slight cock-up early on!

22/07/2012 at 19:03

Well that serves 'em right for being in such a hurry, doesn't it? I mean, if they were to ease off a little and look where they're going ...

No problems here following the route

22/07/2012 at 19:23

My Garmin also shows 12.98.  Not complaining though.  The heat really got to me.  Not happy about a few things though - was told to wait to cross the road (twice) being held back for more than a minute each time and had to queue to get water.  They ran out of cups at mile 8 station & taking turns to fill our water bottle was frustrating.  Good thing I was only doing a training run rather than wanting a PB.  I was in wave 3 (the endurance runners wave).   Scenery was great though.  Lovely medal too.

22/07/2012 at 19:32
Unlucky Muttley....unless your real name is Caroline Binson
22/07/2012 at 19:43

The marshalls were generally very good, BUT, near Cookham there was one in charge of road crossing when I got there who didn't know what he was doing and it was all a bit of a bungle. We had to wait for ages, there was much indecision, he was signalling cars to go when they couldn't because of runners in their way and in the end (after waiting about 2-3 minutes I think) I'm afraid I just made the decision to cross the road. I wondered if he hadn't really been trained.

22/07/2012 at 19:46

Leisa...that sounds a bit unsatisfactory...being held back in a race! How much of the route was over unclosed roads then?

To be honest though, you don't do MT races for pbs

22/07/2012 at 20:32

There was only about 3 or 4 roads to cross, I think.  There was also a bit of a hold up along Taplow lake with cars trying to get out.  I wasn't doing this race for a PB today but having said that, last year, I got a PB on this race. 

Kryten    pirate
22/07/2012 at 21:10

On the whole I think you have to give the organisers credit for not cancelling the event and for how well it was organised, given the problems they had with the route change etc.

23/07/2012 at 00:07

Fantastic run as always.  Enjoyed the new Jublilee river section.   Didn't smell any bacon this year  and didn't see anyone sipping Pimms/wine either. Most unusual. Perhaps it's the people on the stretch that we missed out this year that usually do all that !

Great to bump into Mr K at the finish


23/07/2012 at 08:50

I got knocked on the back of the head on Saturday so just ended up going around at about steady pace for 1:51 something...not a course I would do again as too much grass and just general back and forth over bridges and through gates for me.

It was pretty warm - I thought the course woud be shady, but the first half had not a tree in sight.

The winners time is in line with his other races (about 2 mins slower which I would expect given the terrain) so I dont think it was short. I suspect that garmins didnt like some of the narrow paths.

23/07/2012 at 12:29

Accepting this morning that it was a run to achieve endurance and to enjoy some off-road surface. Walkers, dogs, gates, bridges and various surfaces meant it was an opportunity (or something) to sit in and focus on finishing - I mean, who has trained in that heat recently!! A big well done to Purple Patch and all runners who started and finished - a good 8 minutes from where I usually finish, but pleased nonetheless.

Rafiki    pirate
23/07/2012 at 12:43

Curly45 - it would be nice if you were right as I took 5 mins of last year's time, dipping below 1:35 - which is a lot if its was 13.1.

The organisers have said they measured twice (with garmins) and they got it 13.1.

But I still like the run and had a fun morning out - which is the main thing for me!!

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