Marlow Half Marathon

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04/11/2012 at 16:16

Tough day for me today - just short of 1:47, after last year's 1:38 - I probably shouldn't have expected much as I ran the Muddy Mo 10K at Bracknell yesterday, and Abingdon Marathon two weeks ago. Legs were just tired though, not sore. And at my 4th Marlow I walked a bit on BOTH the hills (probably a total of 250 metres) for the first time.

Well done the rest of you - some incredible times in the conditions

04/11/2012 at 16:28

Run Britain rated it a 3.0 this year compared to last year's 1.7.  The water definitly made it tougher.  My trainers were sodden in the stream at the start.

04/11/2012 at 17:12

good to hear some good tales of good runs again.

I was marshalling just after the 10mile marker at the St John's point, so got to see you all just as Rotten Row was wearing off a bit, and ready for one last hill!

04/11/2012 at 17:14

this race is going straight on my calendar for next year...splendid tales...

04/11/2012 at 17:17
The Bus wrote (see)

 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!!).


I'd settle for this appraisal.

04/11/2012 at 18:21



my feet were so cold aftyer running through those streams, I managed to add 22 mins to last years time!

Edited: 04/11/2012 at 18:21
04/11/2012 at 18:56

I was actually nearly three minutes faster than last year.  However other recent halves have been nine minutes faster than my last year's time.  I have improved quite a bit in the last year, mostly by joining a running club.

Edited: 04/11/2012 at 18:57
04/11/2012 at 19:00

My and Bus race reports on the thread Moraghan Training. If interested.

04/11/2012 at 19:15

Ouch Jimmy!  I spoke to the ladies winner tonight and she said she was only just starting to warm up!

Surrey - that works perfectly for my average 6 mins behind a flat half theory for today then! That's my story anyway and I'm sticking to it . Interesting re the Runbritain difficulty rating....

04/11/2012 at 22:00

Wow that was tough, every time my feet started to warm up another river loomed up ahead   That hill at mile 8 was unreal but I didn't walk it even though it would probably have been faster.  Everyone was talking about the hill at mile 11 but that seemed like nothing in comparison.  Fantastic downhill finish and very pleased with 1:46, a good 6 or 7 minutes below my last run so fits what others are saying.  Big thanks to all the marshalls that helped out in cold wet conditions.  


05/11/2012 at 08:48

There was a bloke I passed near the end who looked in a bad way.  Probably around mile 11?  Was in a dark sleeved top and looked about 25. Was standing bent over near the side of the road. Grunted he was OK so I pushed on.

05/11/2012 at 11:30

This was my first half marathon, so a PB for me  .  I was totally wrecked by the end. Official time 2:33 but I had several stops on the way round.

A big THANK YOU to the marshalls for a fantastic job and their cheers of support, great boost.

05/11/2012 at 12:33

SR - I saw him too and I was several mins behind you it seems.

I never expected to be riding waves in a road race but that's what happened when the water was at it's deepest, I was hopping over the waves created by the runner in front. Makes for a good yarn anyway.

Only gripe which The Bus raised was the t-shirt. I was looking forward to another of those long sleeved cotton ones. Apologies to the person(s) whose expectations had been raised. Yesterday's t-shirt wasn't enough of a medal-substitute.

I finished around 1:46 so was somewhere in the vicinity of runlozrun.


05/11/2012 at 14:18

SL -I finished in 1:46 as well - and I love the T-shirt. And last year's was a long-sleeved technical t-shirt, which is also great. I would far rather get something that I can wear for running.

05/11/2012 at 14:33

As previously mentioned this was my 1st HM so was looking forward to a medal

05/11/2012 at 14:34

Up to a point chillies, but I have so many tech t-shirts from races in the past 18 months - mostly fluorescent which are great for summer biking!  I just liked the old long sleeve cotton Marlow ones this time of year for PJs or kicking around the house when its a bit cooler. 

05/11/2012 at 15:57
Well, for me this was tough,tough - as said in the threads so cold with the water ,roads flooded, 5 mins slower than last years marlow half, and 8 minutes slower than my last half, in sept, maidenhead which is flat. Many thanks to all on the course who cheered and cajoled me and other runners on. My time was 1:54:16 , for a 57 year fellow. Not complaining, it rained 3 years ago, but was not as flooded, and that was slower than normal, so anyone running this , ensure you are hill fit ! And do not mind getting very wet.
05/11/2012 at 16:09

Seen the video of this race on utube. Will go down as a classic. 

05/11/2012 at 16:13
06/11/2012 at 08:47

Many thanks for the link, really captured it well - the flood was even worse than I remembered!


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