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

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08/05/2007 at 12:13
Should be a good run this - I like the idea of doing it a differrent way each year.
09/05/2007 at 08:53
Is this the first year that this has been run? If not, what sort of numbers take part? It does sound like a really nice run.
13/05/2007 at 15:25
Does anyone know what sort of times have been recorded in past years? I'm really interested in this race but it will be my first ever 1/2 marathon! I like the idea of following the Thames- surely apart from the fast race leaders it must get a bit crowded at the back? I know I would be fairly slow.........
13/05/2007 at 20:14
also planning on this being my first half . I will be slow! - so at least i will be behind you!
20/05/2007 at 06:28
Just registered for this one. Anyone done it before? Would be interested to hear any comments.
Don't worry Jegsy, there will be at least one person plodding behind you.
27/05/2007 at 12:48
This looks like an interesting run, I think i'm going to enter. should be fun and flat. And a good run for a first half, for you first timers. Lets go and have some fun.

It would be nice to know a bit more about the race but there is nothing on their website.
28/05/2007 at 21:17
a group of us are using this as our long sunday run wont be racing just chating and enjoying the surroundings
02/06/2007 at 16:25
Hi, race director here! This is the inaugural 'Down Tow Up Flow' which is why there isn't much info on the website. Happy to answer any questions though. Glad you're all coming along - I think it's going to be a lovely run. And yes, it is fine for first-timers .... flat and very scenic. let me know how you enjoyed it afterwards :-)!
02/06/2007 at 18:24
Thanks Claire it's good to know you are looking out for us on the forum.
03/06/2007 at 19:16
Well, I've just sent my entry in! You sound a friendly bunch to run with.....it may be that we'll be jostling for the comfortable back positions and just enjoy the whole adventure? Something for me to aim for during my busy summer exam timetable! See you all there!
03/06/2007 at 21:30
Tigeress has just entered. And my mum has said she will do the driving for me. So you can count me in. I will enter nearer the race.
04/06/2007 at 22:22
Hello race director! Nice idea and thanks for organising this. Can you please shed some more light on the coach that will get us form Windsor to Marlow. Is that included in the price? Do we have to sign up for that etc.
Thanks in advance. Cheers Luddy
05/06/2007 at 20:52
I love the idea of taking part in an inaugural race - we were looking at doing the High Wycombe 1/2 on 15July but this looks much more user- (and flat!) Coach from Windsor sounds like a fab idea - we'll definitely be booking our seats on that as well. See you all there :)
07/06/2007 at 12:50
This sounds like my cup of tea. Speaking of which, what will be the situation regarding water stations? "Occasional" doesn't sound too many given it'll be run in the middle of the summer.

Having experienced the waterless shambles that is the British 10K in London a few times I'm a little nervous about running without much in July.

08/06/2007 at 18:34
Hi Luddy, the coach runs from Windsor Leisure centre where the finish is at 9am to get you to the start in Marlow. We have added a price band for those who want the coach at £3 - this is the very cheapest we could manage!
Mike - There will be approx 7 water stations along the way, which should be plenty. Obviously it is quite tricky getting them along the towpath, but we have done our best.

Btw, there are plenty of viewing points for spectators - I will be sending details out a couple of weeks before the race and will include some ideas of where to go to catch sight of you in all your glory!
09/06/2007 at 11:38
7 water stations, thats great. If it's hot we will need them.
10/06/2007 at 21:43
If memory serves me correct, there are numerous awkward gates to negotiate between fields. What about the rail bridge at Cookham - this will reduce the field to single file with lots of argy-bargy. Not to mention the lively cattle in one of the fields - didn't a female dog walker get badly injured not so long ago?
Is the A4094 closed to traffic in the mile to Maidenhead Bridge, or are the runners expected to stick to the pavement?
11/06/2007 at 11:40
Thanks Claire, that's great news about the water! Looking forward to it.

There's still a few tricky gates between Marlow and Bourne End, not sure about other parts of the course though. Fence vaulting and cattle-grid crossing skills will be quite useful I think!

11/06/2007 at 13:01
Hi Tester,
Yes, you are right, there are some gates in the first section and there is a bridge too (with great views of the river!). The A4094 is not closed to traffic, so as with most road races, you will be asked to keep to the footpath for that 3/4mile stretch.
While I accept that this type of race is not for everyone, I hope that most runners will thoroughly enjoy doing something a bit different, being in the countryside and all that entails.
Multi-terrain events, by their very nature, are never straightforward, but we think everyone will have a great run!
Not sure if you've entered or not, but if you do please do let us know afterwards how you got on and whether you enjoyed it.
11/06/2007 at 13:56
MikeN - with your fence-vaulting skills, I'm expecting you to be at the front :-)!!
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