Marlow Half Marathon

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16/10/2012 at 10:57

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.


17/10/2012 at 16:53

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!

19/10/2012 at 08:55

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. 

24/10/2012 at 11:12

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!

25/10/2012 at 09:35

Does anyone know if this course has a finishers medal or is it just the tshirt?


25/10/2012 at 11:24

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


27/10/2012 at 12:30
There is also another sneaky bump at around 11 miles so wil have to keep something in the tank for that. But the last mile and a half is all down hill. My cunning plan is to take it easy on the ups and sprint on the downs to make up time.
01/11/2012 at 15:34

Think I will join you on that tactic Surrey runner!

02/11/2012 at 12:40

For anyone who is not sure what they are letting themselves in for, here is the route profile - enjoy!



03/11/2012 at 15:42

I had forgotten how bad the profile is. Weather forecast shows that as usual

we can expect a wet start. Great. 


03/11/2012 at 16:05

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!

03/11/2012 at 16:13

So Bus, where are you and me meeting up tommorow?

03/11/2012 at 16:27

Given you recent CP time on a bad day, you'll be waiting for me at the finish

03/11/2012 at 19:54

Bloody hell, i'm beginning to wish i hadn't entered this one!


03/11/2012 at 22:04

You'll be fine - the cape will keep you warm and dry

04/11/2012 at 14:09

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.  

Great race.

04/11/2012 at 14:45

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.

Edited: 04/11/2012 at 14:58
04/11/2012 at 15:01
1:31 just missed my target of 1:30. Given the conditions I'm happy though. I lost a lot of time on that killer hill at 8miles, resorted to walking at one point!
04/11/2012 at 15:22

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!

04/11/2012 at 15:23

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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