Thames Meander Marathon

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29/07/2013 at 14:18

thanks for all your comments guys, we are looking forward to meeting you all on the day. The decision regarding earphones was not taken lightly as I also enjoy running with music. But due too the fact if we allow them it will affect our insuance and may prevent us from gaining permissions in the future we just cannot risk it. I am sure you will agree that a race with no earphones is better than no race atall.

Possum hopper are you still up for marshalling? if so email me on


thank you


29/07/2013 at 19:18

Totally understand Mel, and I'm just about used to it, really! I'll just miss Mr Blue Sky bouncing through my brain as I cross the finish line. Always puts a spring in my step that one.

30/07/2013 at 08:47

I thought most races these days have a no headphones rule.

30/07/2013 at 12:00

I think your right jacs t. i've only been runing for just over a year now and the events i've done were very commercialised and had no rules against headphones,ive heard of someone winning a race only to be disqualified at the finisih for having music.. no complaints though, this course looksvery scenic so i can't see it getting too boring.

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30/07/2013 at 13:51

You are doing really well to get up to mararthon distance. Took me a good few years to pluck up the courage to enter a marathon and then a few more to get a place at VLM. Having done it twice never again so over it. Going to stick to smaller marathons getting quite excited now. 

31/07/2013 at 11:33

cheers jacs t, i remeber watching the vlm when i was about 9, from start to finish and i said to myself im going to do that one day,  i was overweight from a young age( peaking 19.5 stones) and suffered an ankle break in 09 ( keyhole surgery in 11) so after all that i said to myself well... its now or never!

I still dream of running vlm but i wouldnt be heart broken if it never happens , made the schoolboy error of missing the ballot this yr (DOH!)...why you say never again and prefer the smaller ones?


31/07/2013 at 13:44

RBR some people love it and one that every runner who wants to do a marathon should do. it's very well organised and a great atmosphere.

I didn't like never having my own space to run in having to weave in and out of people. When there are that many runners if someone in front of you decides to stop you have to stop too. This makes it hard to get into the "grove". Once you get to last few miles there just lots of poeple in trouble (and plenty of poeple to help them) which I found hard.

The other thing I found difficult is doing all the training in the cold weather and then come race day it's warm.

Hoping this time that my body is used to the warm weather and it's actually a bit cooler on race day.

Have done Edinburgh and Abingdon which I really enjoyed.

With smaller races you have less hanging around time at the start and finish. I guess I just like my own space.

02/08/2013 at 20:58

I have to say I didn't realise you couldn't use headphones on the run - I run solo 90% of the time and find music a great motivator, real shame.  Thanks for posting it though otherwise I wouldn't have known!  Last Loooong run this Sunday - 22-23 miles I think the route is - so I'll try it without music.

Training is going OK - set a half maraton PB rather unexpectedly on the Up Tow Down Flow last Sunday (with music ) but did bail at 17 miles a few weeks back and had to jog walk to the finish at 22.5 miles in the 30c heat.  Doing the same route near enough this Sunday to prove a point to myself - I will run it!

Good luck to you all with the final few weeks and I'll see you all fighting fit and ready on the start line!

02/08/2013 at 21:29

Didn't see you there g baker, tho I expect you were miles ahead of me. I was just enjoying the fact it felt like a short run(never thought I,d hear myself say that!)

last big run tomorrow, the 20 miler, then tapering, hurrah! Spare time, won,t know what to do with myself. 

02/08/2013 at 21:33

Redheadedraver - if you were the one doing some yoga moves before the start then I saw you  Not too many red heads at the start (although a few pink heads at the finish!)

03/08/2013 at 13:26

Did my last long one yesterday off on holiday for 10 days next Friday will have to do a couple of small ones while I'm away  

03/08/2013 at 13:39

just come across this event but its full if anyone has a place going spare due to injury etc let me know, would love to run it 

03/08/2013 at 16:27

just come across this event but its full if anyone has a place going spare due to injury etc let me know, would love to run it 


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04/08/2013 at 14:43

Woo hoo!! Just finished my 20 miler, and can now consider myself to be tapering.

In the spirit of careful tow path prep I ran most of it along the Slough arm of the Grand Union and then up a bit towards Watford before turning round (even managed it to be an out and back with a hill at the end). Need to fine tune my avoidance tactics for swans, dogs and anglers



04/08/2013 at 15:12

Well done Redheadedraver - I had less success on my run today, did the middle part too quick and ran out of juice at about 17 miles again - shame the car was at 23 miles so had to jog / walk the rest.  I need to think about eating on the run I think, gels aren't cutting it  

06/08/2013 at 10:47

What's everyone doing training wise in their taper phase?

Off on holiday for two weeks a bit worried might not get any runs in

07/08/2013 at 11:06

Finally got that last long run in (FINALLY!!!), 2 days rest / light cross train now

So yeah taper talk , erm im looking to run every other day(ish) . Most runs will be anywhere from 3-6 miles and one longish run of  10 miles , then 1 week prior going to really cut it down and do 1-3 runs at snails pace for aided recovery. Similar to the taper i did for spring mara which went ok but any advise/hints/tips would be appreciated



07/08/2013 at 13:24

We'll have GU Energy gels, bananas, crisps, jelly babies, flapjacks and water by the truck load. People were filling hydration packs last year so that's the reason we ran out of water only on CP3 as far as I'm aware, but we've remedied this by getting evenmore water containers (we had 4 per CP we'll have 6 now). Regarding MP3's we cannot allow these due to the UKA regulations, which affects our Race licenses so unfortunately we have to adhere to this - it's a lovely course though so at least you'll hear the birds and parakeeks in Richmond Park as you run through it.We will be marking the course thorougly so no-one should go off course, and as this is a trail marathon we're not using mile markers, so please use Garmins if you want to get your mile splits, this will be fully Chip Timed though so you'll have accurate times recorded. We look forward to seeing yo in less than 3 weeks time.

Carpe Diem    

07/08/2013 at 21:01

Hello all! Hope I can jump in I'm running this for the first time and super scared to run without earphones lol! 

07/08/2013 at 22:08

Hi. I'm running the event so just thought I'd come say hello to a few other folk. Am really looking forward to it.

My last long run will be Friday and then taper. I've done all my long runs with my daughter cycling alongside chatting non-stop so I hope this is a friendly race and I'll have someone to talk too

David, it all sounds great!

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