Marlow Half Marathon

Just entered this again. Is one of the toughest road halves in the country. Great fun though....


  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭

    Howdy Surrey, good choice, my local club put this one on, so luckily I marshall it and don't have to run!

    Do remember being wrecked when I ran it in 02 and 05 though...voted 5th toughest half marathon course in the country once.

  • TimeaJTimeaJ ✭✭✭

    I am in!!! I did it last year, and even though the terrain was quite challenging, the beautiful scenery, the great organising and support from locals was amazing. 

  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭

    Timi! You've changed your name!

    I should be marshalling around 10miles somewhere, so will give you a cheer!

  • Its because it is so tough that I am doing 18 mile training runs!  Though remembering Rotten Row makes me think I should extend them to 20....

  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭

    Surrey, if it's any consolation, i remember being so drained after finishing in 2002, that simple Grapefruit Juice tasted like the most incredible thing ever. I think I got through the last 5miles promising myself all manner of junk food too!

  • runlozrunrunlozrun ✭✭✭

    Stevie you really know how to promote an event image

    I have been toying with doing this as my last half of the year but haven't quite made my mind up.

  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭

    image   There are courses to go pbs on,then there's challenging courses set in great surroundings in a nice small town, put on a by a great and friendly club.

    that's better image

    Lozza...get along there...the satisfaction of finishing a half is always immense... if that half is Marlow x it by 10

  • Go on Loz - you know it makes sense..........image

  • Filling up fast guys .... suggest you get those applications in quickly ..... fantastic course, great friendly marshalls, one of the best events in the country ... check out the ratings !

  • Ok I finally got round to posting the form for this one so I'm in as long as it's not full yet.

  • Ouch! I just entered this as work clashes with Gosport (very flat - my favourite for PB hunting). Have I made a terrible mistake? I guess it's got to be good preparation for 26.2 .

  • Vioolman,

    I did this last year and am doing again.  Don't expect a PB unless your current is very old or you are a fast improving beginner.

    It is very, very hilly...

  • Exciting! I am in too - I heard from a runner(from my Maidenhead run) that he did it before and it is TOUGH! Looking forward to the challenge!

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    Wtf? This one's as flat as a pancake. Don't be taken in by the hype image

  • I'm surprised you do this one Muttley, unless they now give out medals image instead of T-shirts.  Mind you, the last time I ran this was 2000 so this is very old news.........

  • haha I am doooooomed! Entered before remembering there are lots of hills! crrap


  • Muttley - flat as a pancake? What sort of pancakes do you eat?

    Forget the hills, enjoy the scenery and hope for dry weather.


  • This is my first half marathon and I'm becoming quite worried by the comments on the hills. Only just managed 12.5 miles at the weekend and that was quite flat. Maybe I should have chosen the Henley one yesterday.

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    SleepyLion wrote (see)

    Muttley - flat as a pancake? What sort of pancakes do you eat?


    Lumpy ones!  I was just winding people up ... this one is a bit hilly image

  • 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 image


  • 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.
  • 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!

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