Pharmalink Maidenhead Half Marathon

Underpass

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17/08/2013 at 16:00
Looking forward to running this one for the third time. Hope the initial underpass bottleneck has been sorted some how. Perhaps a narrow start line to reduce the flow of runners?
18/08/2013 at 21:30

Luckily I missed any holdups at the underpass last year. I'm wondering what sort of numbers will be running this year. I ran Burnham Beeches HM today and the turnout was a little over 50% of last year. I'm not sure why that was - maybe it is because Maidenhead HM is a bit closer this year.

19/08/2013 at 13:06

I was assuming it would be popular as it was featured in Runners World as highly ranked if you are chasing a PB

19/08/2013 at 15:11
Also-ran wrote (see)

Luckily I missed any holdups at the underpass last year. I'm wondering what sort of numbers will be running this year. I ran Burnham Beeches HM today and the turnout was a little over 50% of last year. I'm not sure why that was - maybe it is because Maidenhead HM is a bit closer this year.

That's interesting. They brought the BBHM forward by half an hour this year, which made it touch-and-go getting there in time for those of us taking the train. In fact the train from Reading was cancelled and there were several of us there who lost out. They also didn't list it on RW this year.

19/08/2013 at 22:38

Ouch Muttey - hopefully you were going to be paying on the day so you didn't lose the race fee as well?

19/08/2013 at 23:05

Nope, full race fee lost. I entered automatically ages ago and only later realized they'd shifted the start time. One of my favourite events but I'll give it a miss from now on. The train times are just too tight, slightest delay and you're done for. Like yesterday. Oh well.

21/08/2013 at 11:13

Paul T.

Third time for me also, and although a slowcoach, am looking forward to it.

With regard to the underpass, your solution may well help. I'm sure that Chris and Calire at P.P will have given it a considerable amount of thought (okay, I'm a member of P.P.) But perhaps any major change would have siginficant knock on effects further on the course. Perhaps it's a bit of a compromise to preserve what I think is a very attractive route. In a perfect world, the underpass would appear at maybe three miles or so, when the field has stretched out, but I think that would require a complete revamp of the course. Good Luck everybody.

26/08/2013 at 17:12

I've just signed up for this one. I hope I don't have the same problem with trains being cancelled

27/08/2013 at 11:27

3rd year for me too and the first year I actually get to 'race' it rather than using it as an MP long run. Looking forward to it

27/08/2013 at 12:16

Ah yes, the old "I was only doing it as an LSR" excuse ...

27/08/2013 at 12:18

hahha... haven't completely rule it out yet... will decide at mile 13

05/09/2013 at 16:55

Looks like the weather will break for this one. Good. I'm not a fan of racing in heatwaves, give me cool breezes and overcast skies.

06/09/2013 at 14:31

I tried running through the High Street today. They are currently working hard to put  Maidenhead High street back together as it is currently being resurfaced and is a total shambles.

Don't worry, I gave then hell and told them to crack on and finish it before they knock off for the day. So I've sorted the course, and Muttley has sorted the weather. Should be a good one.

06/09/2013 at 15:07
Also-ran wrote (see)

 They are currently working hard to put  Maidenhead High street back together

If only they could do that with the town in general. it's become such a dive in recent years. fingers crossed CrossRail brings back some of it's former glory

06/09/2013 at 15:18

Very true Johnas, it has been on a steady decline since I moved to Maidenhead about 12 years ago      ........ will leave a gap open for some ribbing

06/09/2013 at 15:38

funny... it more or less co-ordinates for when I moved away!

07/09/2013 at 17:58

Good luck everyone for tomorrow,im just gonna hurdle that barrier in the underpass !

07/09/2013 at 19:12

Barriers are already down! High steet 'repaired', Good luck!

08/09/2013 at 14:43

The race was great, no bottlenecks but what were they thinking with those new road markers? Organisers - there is nothing wrong with a fluorescent yellow sign with the distance clearly marked, positioned on the ground. Sticking them up in trees and having them look like the parking signs doesn't make them easy to spot. 

08/09/2013 at 15:22

Vanessa, are you saying there were mile markers? I didn't see any and I paced it pathetically as my gps was playing up. Maybe I am colour blind  My wife said she was stood near on and when she described it to me, it didn't sound like a typical distance marker. Oh bugger - I will blame the 12 seconds I missed out on my time on the markers

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