Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

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09/11/2007 at 16:38
Glad to be of some use Rug!  Don't worry about the money!
09/11/2007 at 16:43

Thank you Claire & thank you Rachel.

Big hugs to you both

Much appreciated.

10/11/2007 at 13:56

i'm very excited about this run. it's my first half-marathon.

i had planned to take the bus to the starting line, but tlf has screwed up my travel plans. i'm now going to take a train from paddington to west drayton. so if anyone needs a spot on the bus, do feel free to take mine. there's not a number on the bus voucher, but you can probably just use my name - reen polonsky. 


p.s. are there going to be any other slow runners in this race? i usually only do the 10k, where i tend to be in the top half. i dread being the last one here.

10/11/2007 at 14:13
I am looking for a number for this race
can you call me please 07765 863896
10/11/2007 at 14:44
I'm convinced it's me booked the Last Place, Reen!
10/11/2007 at 15:33

Hi everyone,

Please can I ask you not to make any more swaps now - the data has been sent off and we can't make any more changes. 

If it stays like today you are going to have such a nice run! 


11/11/2007 at 15:38

Hi hope everyone enjoyed the race as much as I did.

Freezing, wet start but it cleared up nicely.  Very interesting run which I really enjoyed.  A little tough under foot but I'm a wimpy road running, not used to "off roading".

Really could do with some toilets at the start and one more water station but other than that, a really well organised run especially as its the first one.

Thanks to Claire and all the other organisers.

11/11/2007 at 15:42

That was excellent. Great course and great running surface. I got off to a good pace and managed to hold it until about the last three miles, when I faded somewhat. Those little step-ups by the locks broke up what could have been a monotonous run, and that last climb to the finish just about did for me. 1:40:30 (ish) is pretty good by my standards. I wonder if it's enough for a top 100 ...

Some of those canal boats are a bit smoky ... and that turd farm between miles 7 and 8 chucked up a bit ... that was definitely my fastest split.

Nice medal too. One small point - 'twould be nice to have the year on the ribbon, but that's a trifle.

Organization was like clockwork.

Big thumbs up from me for PP Running. They've brought two great events to the race calendar, both of which are accessible to non-motorists like me. I hope they're as happy with the outcome as I am. I'll be back next year for this one and the Up Tow Down Flow (or is it Down Tow Up Flow?).

11/11/2007 at 15:44
Ah yes, toilets ... definitely could have done with a few at start and finish. Only complaint, really.
11/11/2007 at 15:51

Well, that was exactly what it said on the tin! 13.1 miles along the Grand Union Canal!

Enjoyed the run though it is a bit ankle wrenching in places - especially where you can't see what is under the leaves.  Gorgeous when the sun came out.  Amusing to see the slightly hungover bemused expressions on some of the boat owners faces!

Nice chunky medal, slightly ....errr... unusual mug!  No loos at the start my only complaint too, though it was nice to see the blokes having to queue up too in Tesco for once!

Well done PP! 

11/11/2007 at 15:53
Mug? What mug?
11/11/2007 at 15:55
Mug.  I never got a mug.
11/11/2007 at 15:58

 My first race and I really enjoyed it.  Hurrah! to all the organisers for their hard-work.  Boo! to the scoudrels who stole the 3rd mile water station.  Will the 'official' times be posted on the web somewhere then?

11/11/2007 at 16:00
Oh it was just something the guys in the baggage van were handing out - just advertising their business. 
11/11/2007 at 16:03

I missed a freebie. Damn!

Still got a medal though. I like medals

11/11/2007 at 17:01
Thanks to Claire and all the organisers!   This was such a lovely run - I had hoped for a pb but am not disappointed that I didn't quite make it because I just really enjoyed myself ... until the hill at the end.  I'm already looking forward to starting at the top next year!  The trip around the field at the start was a great way to get us all in roughly the right places, but people were good at moving over if you needed to pass.   It was such a success - but will this make it difficult for the organisers to keep the event small next year?
11/11/2007 at 17:03
Oh, and I forgot to thank Claire for organising that good weather.    If you still have the power, please could we have sun and clear skies for our holiday, 7-14 June ...
11/11/2007 at 19:53
Fantastic event guys! I've trained up and down the Grand Union for years. It was great to finally have an event on it. Keep up the good work Purple People!
11/11/2007 at 20:04

beautiful run! i couldn't believe the weather. this was the nicest morning in a very long time. and for someone who lives in central london, the scenery was a icing on the cake.

really, it was the perfect run for me. until the 6th mile, that is, when something happened to my hip. for the remainder of the run, every step sent a wave of pain through all of the joints in that leg. it was as if someone had removed all of the cartilidge. but that's the thing with point-to-point runs. you have to keep going. i would've stopped by mile 7, but i didn't know how else i would get to my bag. so i ran part of the way and walked part of the way. it was very frustrating. i haven't had to stop and walk in the middle of a run in over a decade. i finally made it to the finish line at around 2:20, a full half an hour later than i had planned. and i wasn't out of breath, or even sweaty at that point.

but i'm glad that i did finish it. and i'll be back next year. how cool would it be to improve by a whole half hour?! i'm looking forward to it.

11/11/2007 at 22:43

What a lovely run-thank you Claire Mac (& Rachel reynolds for the bus seat).

Unique route,lovely weather and atmosphere an organisation.

Hope the guy who fell and banged his head at mile 9 who required an ambulance is ok. 

Minor criticisms... need more toilets,water and maybe a t-shirt (Stroud half did nice ones-just copy them) or an energy bar/soup.

See you all next year!

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