Terry - it's not flat but bear in mind, every bit that goes up comes down again as the course is "out and back" and last 1.5 miles are gloriously downhill. I like the flat pancake variety like Wokingham but this one is by far the most scenic I've seen in a race. And the t-shirt is awesome at the end.
Really looking forward to this. Having had a very quite year on the competitive front, I have a point to prove. Only to myself mind, don't expect me to be leading from the front!
I have entered this one. It was my first ever race 9 years ago and the course was flooded. However, due to a bad case of sciatica I haven't ran for nearly six weeks so am pulling out. If any body wants my place let me know and they can have it. I have the ok for this from the organisers.
The legs are recovering from Sunday's Abingdon Marathon, and I'mm looking forward to this one again - not sure I'll be pushing for a quick one though, as I'm running the Mo-run 10K in Swinley Forest the day before. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to scary downhills on wet beech leaves, not to mention that little bump at about 9 miles!
Does anyone know if this course has a finishers medal or is it just the tshirt?
Gottobeinittowinit - it's a t-shirt, no medal. But the t-shirt is really TOP quality. My family members have claimed all of mine so far. My medals are stuck in a cupboard, but my Marlow t-shirts are all out and about.
Chillies: methinks that the bump was at the 8 mile mark
Think I will join you on that tactic Surrey runner!
For anyone who is not sure what they are letting themselves in for, here is the route profile - enjoy!
I had forgotten how bad the profile is. Weather forecast shows that as usual
we can expect a wet start. Great.
And getting wetter and colder as the race goes on according to the BBC, Still, Marlow wouldn't be Marlow without it being cold, wet and windy!
Mind you, if the BCC weather says it's going to be cold and wet that almost guarantees it being dry!
So Bus, where are you and me meeting up tommorow?
Given you recent CP time on a bad day, you'll be waiting for me at the finish
Bloody hell, i'm beginning to wish i hadn't entered this one!
You'll be fine - the cape will keep you warm and dry
OK did everyone make it?
Hills at start were harder than I remember, running through streams and lakes didn't help. Rotten Row wasn't too bad but I was probably just numb by that stage.
Managed to overtake a few on the final downhill and scraped under 1.30.
It did a good job of cleaning up my shoes, until the bog at the finish. For the last few weeks I've focused on hills, but was still unprepared for Rotten Row and the nasty dip-and-climb afterwards. Still, a great race & 1:42 ish was not far off my intended 1:40. Challenging but the greater the challenge, the better it feels to finish.
Hi All, Just glad to survive today, wanted to get sub 2 but only managed 2.04 conditions were tough, it reminded of doing the Grim challenge in places but it was good fun, and you do forget how tough those hills are Well done to everyone for finishing today!
Definitely one for the masochists today! Well done to anyone who got close to their target time in those conditions - I reckon it was a good 2-3 minutes slower than a normal Marlow (which is also a good 3-4 minutes slower than a flat half!!).
Very well organised in the face of adversity and a big thanks to the marshalls who endured some pretty testing conditions before the race especially. My only disappointment today (other than my time!) was the t-shirt. Short sleeved, and that tech material that lots of races seeming to be doing at the mo. I used to love the long-sleeved cotton ones - they made great pyjamas!
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