A gloriously scenic, flat, multi-terrain, point-to-point half marathon along the Thames towpath (therefore mainly traffic-free). Run in reverse directions each year; in 2018 it is "Up Flow' therefore starting in Windsor and finishing in Marlow, taking in Bourne End, Cookham & Maidenhead along the way.
As this is a point-to-point race, you can (if you wish) park at the finish in Marlow and take the coach provided to the start (additional £8 and must be pre-booked) - once you've finished the race your car will be there waiting for you! Spectacular finish and brilliant for spectators, with plenty of vantage points along the way. Refreshments at the start & finish, so bring the family!
The start is in Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 3HY
PLEASE NOTE – THIS POSTCODE IS FOR ALEXANDRA GARDENS CAR PARK which is right next to the park
The finish will be alongside the Thames at Marlow Rugby Club, Riverwoods Dr, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1QU – spectators should make your way to the barrier in the corner of the car park and walk down the track towards the river
If you are leaving your car in Marlow (FINISH), and taking the bus to the start, the race car park will be Marlow Rugby Club, Riverwoods Dr, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1QU. Once this is full, there will be overflow parking at: Softcat Offices, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, SL7 1LW. If you are running late – go straight to the overflow!! Spectators should also go straight to the overflow car park
If you are leaving your car in Windsor (START), there is pay & display parking at Alexandra Gardens car park, Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HY as well as other town centre car parks. Alexandra Gardens car park is £6 for the day. Other car parks can be found at: http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/parking_windsor_area.htm.
If you have booked a seat on the coach you will receive an email with full instructions prior to race day: the coaches will pick you up in Marlow Rugby Club - the first will leave at 08:00 and the last will leave at 08:45 prompt. You can take a bag with you to the start – there will be a baggage van there which will bring your bag to the finish for you. Remember - you must have pre-booked a seat and there is no coach from Marlow to Windsor after the race
Race numbers and chips will not be posted out. You should pick up your race pack on race day at the start from the relevant desk in Race HQ (surname order). You will be given an envelope with:
We may be taking entries on the day, if places remain
In order to avoid congestion on the towpath, we will be starting the race in waves.
You will be emailed before race day with your Wave number.
Your Wave will be allocated according to your estimated time to complete the race, with faster runners going off first.
Please note that it is not possible to change waves on the day – your race number will denote which wave you should be in and you will not appear in the results if you start in the wrong wave
The baggage vans will be at the start (Windsor) from 09:00. All baggage will be taken to the finish (Marlow) for you to collect. Please attach your baggage tag to your bag before going to the baggage vans
The race takes you along the towpath from Windsor to Marlow. As a multi-terrain route, it will provide you with different challenges along the way, such as kissing gates and bridges. The route follows a public footpath and you will meet other users, whether on foot or bicycle – please be considerate to other users. We will do all we can to warn other users in advance and to facilitate your run. At points you will detour away from the river and across a road – there will be marshals and signage at these points. Please take care when crossing the roads and be aware that these roads are not closed to traffic; you must stop and make sure the road is clear before crossing. Our marshals are not allowed to stop traffic for you. The footpaths can be narrow and rutted in places so please take extra care on these stretches. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t pass someone – remember there will be a wider section coming up when you can make your move! Above all, enjoy the route, the countryside and all that entails
Marshals will be stationed along the route at strategic points – please comply with any instructions given by the marshals. Please be aware that there are two road crossings at the Cookham section of the route, where you have to detour away from the river for a short time. These roads are NOT closed to traffic and normal care must be taken when crossing. Marshals are NOT allowed to stop traffic for you, nor advise you when it is safe to cross – this remains your responsibility
The route will be marked with mile markers
There are no race toilets along the route, but there will be toilets at the start & finish
There will be 5 water stations along the route and a water station at the finish. There will be no water provided at the start, so if you need water before the race please bring your own bottle. Please note the water stations provide water only
Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female (regardless of age) then 1st Male & Female in the following categories: V40, V50, V60, V70+. If a V40/50/60/70 runner has already collected an overall prize, that category prize will roll down to the next finisher in that category
The presentation will take place at approx 12.15pm
Medals will be given to each finisher
Apart from the start & finish, there are a number of good vantage points for spectators along the way:-
Bourne End – Spade Oak is a great place to cheer on! There is a car park at the bottom of Coldmoorholme Lane, then it is a very short walk across the railway line to the riverside
Cookham – park by the green (near to the Crown Pub) and walk across the grass to the towpath
Maidenhead – park in the public car park at the upper end of Ray Mead Road and walk across the road to the river. Alternatively park in the car park at the lower end of Ray Mead Road near to the Maidenhead Bridge and wait just before the bridge
It takes a lot of marshals and helpers to put on a race, especially in a location such as along a towpath. If a member of your family would like to help as well as cheer you on, please ask him/her to get in touch. Or if you are injured and cannot run, perhaps you might like to help out instead. Marshaling is fun, rewarding and very much appreciated by all! Please either call us on 0207 684 7185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org