GB Ultra Thames Trot 50

My first ultra?

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01/02/2010 at 19:36

How is everyone dealing with the logistics? Is there any transport provided to go back to the start? Or is it better to leave the car at the finish?

Any idea if we can give a dry clothes bag to get it back at the finish?

It doesn't seem to be much information

01/02/2010 at 22:33
Last year you could leave stuff with the organisers and it was waiting for you at the finish.
The logistics are the easiest I have all year as i am only 2 miles from the start. Luckily the finish is only 25 miles from me ( as the crow flies) and some of my family have said they'll be at the finish so i am OK for a lift home.
02/02/2010 at 20:52
I'm getting the train from Reading to Oxford and then hoping to get a lift from the organiser to the start. Train fom  Henley to Reading via Twyford at the end. Will ship a bag of clothes with the organiser to the finish line.
02/02/2010 at 21:52

Now they wouldn't send us a baggage tag if they weren't taking our baggage would they? I'm not known for travelling light.

 Weather forecast  is looking grim in the run up to Saturday. At what stage is it no loger classed as running but as treading water?

03/02/2010 at 07:03
I have been doing loads of training on the treadmill so if it is a case of treading water then I am going to be well prepared.
03/02/2010 at 08:26

Only a few puddles at Iffley this morning...

The biggest splash was a student trying to get in the boat, but missing and ending up in the Thames.....I didn't chuckle......honestly......much.


03/02/2010 at 09:08
and i did some of my triathlon (swimming) training last year just up the river by Donnington so in a way I am over-prepared for this one.
seriously, i do feel good going into this one. I will have to be very careful to keep to my pace early and not go trotting off too fast. I hope to average 6.5 miles per hour. It will all depend on how slippery it is.
Whatever the weather or the ground conditions, i have been training mainly to have an enjoyable run along the Thames so that is what i aim to do.
03/02/2010 at 09:14
thanks for that Nigel. I was going to cycle up that way later but now I think I will go down to get my gels instead.
03/02/2010 at 13:23
 Dino I - Im catching train from Reading as well. Planning to get the 06:46 arriving at Oxford at 07:10. 
03/02/2010 at 18:48

I'm very glad to see that there are other people out there who are worried about navigating, the weather and who will be going slow, as I tick all the above boxes!

 Does anyone know if there are showers at the end?  I'm getting a train to London from there so I'd love a quick shower afterwards (will put the towel in my bag at the start and hope it arrives in Henley!)



03/02/2010 at 20:50

Cranston I think it very unlikely there will be showers at the end as I don't think there's a venue as such so  it's a case of drying off and changing wherever you can. I tend to pack a towel and a pack of baby wipes as well as a dry set of clothes for those mud-splattered travelling on public transport moments. Someone who has done it before should be able to confirm.

 I' m debating which train to take from London , there's one arrives at 07:48 which I hope will be OK for the 07:45 station pick-up as I suspect I'll have trouble getting to Paddington in time for the 06:21.

04/02/2010 at 01:29

Looking forward to the weekend. Navigation tip:  the maps provided + rain = paper mache....I have learned from my mistake at the Country to Capital and will be taking a map case as there is a spot of rain likely on Saturday   Should be a cracking day out - the gobeyond guys are great at organising the baggage/food/checkpoints etc.  

04/02/2010 at 07:48
I honestly think you guys won't have much to worry about regarding navigation as this route is one of the most simple i have had the pleasure to run. As you follow The Thames you will see all the sign-posts at every junction. Keep your eyes peeled for them and you won't go wrong.
It will be a cracking day and everyone of us will get muddy, that is two things i can be sure of.
04/02/2010 at 17:05

Helly D,

 I emailed Andrew Priest saying that I'm getting the train that gets in at 7.48 and he replied to say:

Hi Cranston,We will be ferrying runners to the start and will not start until everyone is there. RegardsAndrew

See you on the 6.50 train maybe!

04/02/2010 at 18:48

Excellent Cranston. I'm pretty sure I can get to Paddington by tube for that one otherwise it may have been a bit of a gamble / forking out at the last minute for a cab.The organisers do seem to be very good at the little things.

Probably too late for me to get a map case and I'll be miles behind you Carrie  so I shall rummage through my stationery for something plastic and presume there's enough people / signs to follow should my map turn to mush.

04/02/2010 at 19:01
Hi all - got a last minute entry - see you there
05/02/2010 at 08:47
You certainly will Poacher. I am sure you will have a great time down by the river. Look out for the Thames Path signs but ignore the No Poaching signs.
We have awoken to a dry morning in Oxford. Things can only get drier..
I am going up to the start on my bike to have a look at the first few miles and i will tell you how it is.
05/02/2010 at 08:56

That's great Poacher see you there. Await your update with baited breath.

 #166 here!

05/02/2010 at 09:23
Dry weather -bliss.  Makes it easier to catch any pheasant, partridge etc which are unwise enough to show their faces.
05/02/2010 at 11:05

Just a few minor puddles along Iffley this morning, after the overnight rain.

So you're all up for major fun tomorrow. Still can't believe last years entry was a 100 and this year it has reached capacity at 300. I'll have to enter early next year!!!!

Anyway, all of you,have a great day tomorrow and I'll look forward to some reports...

Come on you 'Yellows'.


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