"Down Tow, Up Flow" Thames Towpath Half-Marathon

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25/07/2007 at 22:44
One prays for the race to go ahead so that machismo may be satisfied by breaking previously non-club poor time of circa 2 16 - Thanks Galen and Viktoria re ofers of Pacemaking - I may take up the kind offers. Rain Rain Go away .......
26/07/2007 at 22:54
General,
tonight went from m/head bridge to the bridge at monkey island,and it was dry,no problems.On sunday,if i get to windsor,can i still purchase a ticket for the transport to Marlow,or have i left it too late,and just go to Marlow instead
27/07/2007 at 09:21
Is there a postcode for where the coach will leave from in Windsor that I can stick in the sat nav?

Thanks.

ps a bit cheeky that RW has charged me £18 for the race when it's advertised as £16 tut tut.
27/07/2007 at 10:48
i purchased 2 tickets for the bus but am not able to make the race - snakehips is there any way that you can ask if you can use mine?

muppetboy - RW seems to charge a surcharge, i usually enter directly by cheque as i am tight!
27/07/2007 at 14:25
Keep messages coming if any receive news about cancellation or preferably otherwise - just circumscribed Richmond Park - a delight- I note taxpayers money has been lavished on toilets in this 'Royal' park - arent the Royals subsidised enough...?
27/07/2007 at 14:31
Dreading 13 darn miles - paradox one wants the joy of completing the run yet vaguely resents the inevitable pain - but they say that pleasure after pain is wonderful - and so it is ...... water shall be poured over me head at the end.
27/07/2007 at 15:06
Suki, just seen this on the Purple Patch website:

"We are really pleased to confirm that the 2007 ‘Down Flow Up Tow’ WILL be going ahead, despite the recent flooding. The start will now be at Longridge Sailing Club...."

Full details at:

http://www.purplepatchrunning.co.uk/races.html

27/07/2007 at 15:17
muppetboy -

"The coaches will be outside Windsor Leisure Centre with a Purple Patch sign in the window. It will leave Windsor at 9am prompt." [from link above]

BUT

"If you are leaving your car in Windsor, parking is at Alma Road Car Park".

A quick google reveals:

Windsor Leisure Centre, Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor SL4 5JB

Alma Road Car Park, Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HY
27/07/2007 at 15:47
Excellent news ... everything crossed for no more rain on Sunday :)
27/07/2007 at 16:08
Philippa

I will take both tickets if i can,not sure how that works,but if you know let me know please
27/07/2007 at 16:14
Thanks MikeN!

Also good to hear the race is going ahead!
27/07/2007 at 19:29
I'm going to go out for a short run tomorrow and see how my ankle feels. It doesn't hurt anymore but feels stiff. Hopefully see you on Sunday.
27/07/2007 at 22:28
Great stuff ... but the forecast is for heavy rain all day Sunday, Met Office severe weather warning in force. Best to pack a snorkel just in case.
28/07/2007 at 10:38
Just watched the weather on the tele, and they said the rain will be tonight and dry tomorrow so fingers crossed.
28/07/2007 at 18:34
Thank you Muppet boy and Mike N for doing the research re geography- dleep well all trunners - Viktoria Chekov and Galen _ I will be looking out for you tomowwow as Pacemakers God bless our poor legs tomorrow- Suki - Lets go ! but not too fast - PS running in the rain will be delightful amd cooling even if muddy - I always put an old sheet in the car to save seats....
28/07/2007 at 21:48
Thanks MikeN for the postcode directions in Windsor - much appreciated. It's started raining in West Sussex now - we'll head up to Windsor in the morning and hope like hell that it's all good to go. See you all there - I've enjoyed the thread so far.
28/07/2007 at 21:52
Chucking it down in Windsor right now.
29/07/2007 at 08:22
No longer chucking it down - One Banana and tea and let's go............
29/07/2007 at 14:50
Well, I enjoyed that.

Apart from a small diversion on the way to the Leisure Centre, everything went fine with arrival and the bus ride to Longridge.

I wasn't sure what the surfaces would be and so would have settled for anything under 2 hours. In the event I was just under 1:47, which equates to 8 m/m apart from the initial gradients.

Great course, really scenic and of course mostly gently downhill (and with a following breeze) so my time flatters me. Next year's upstream jaunt will methinks be a bit slower.

There seemed to be a mixup with the route in the first couple of miles, with the faster guys having to scrabble down a steep embankment to join the rest of us. From my mile times I suspect they took a roundabout detour rather than me taking a short cut. Also, there were a few mutters about the guy at the water station at about 8 miles, who was engrossed in his newspaper and not watching which way runners were going.

But all in all, for an inaugural staging I thought it went well. Big thanks to the organisers, who managed to handle the flooding problems and were highly communicative, including by showing up on this forum. Greatly appreciated.

My only, and minor, gripe is that although the memento was nice I do prefer a medal. But that's personal taste.

I'll be back next year.
29/07/2007 at 14:55
Well done everyone on completing what looked a great half marathon.

Photos taken c. 0.5 mile before the finish will be available later today at http://picasaweb.google.com/LeapordSP/DownTowUpFlow2007





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