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19/03/2013 at 09:04

Very little snow here.

D33 Race report here

19/03/2013 at 10:28

Nice write up FFB . It certainly sounds like it was a lot worse under foot than the year I did it, when we only had one muddy patch near the turning point to skirt around. Good medal as usual.

A few admin things to do for work today, then I can start getting my gear together for Saturday - I am seriously considering taking my Norweigian army fleece, as well as merino mid-layer, as the weather has the potential to be very bad. It will be worth carrying the extra weight not to freeze to death . James has said he will take anything left in drop bags to the finish in Oxford, which gives people chance to change out of wet things.


19/03/2013 at 20:12

Great report FFB, and really well ran too Wish I could be that disciplined

Is the race this weekend coming TP?

I remember that too bm My sisters used to take an arm each and drag me home through the snow

5 tready miles for me tonight.

19/03/2013 at 22:37

Quite a bit of snow for my run into work, and all gone by the time I got home. That was a quick change! Very impressed to find the whole cycle route from my village into Nairn cleared by the 'pavement plough' before 8am!

400m reps tonight on a track that got icier as the session progressed. Ouch.

Nice report ffb.

20/03/2013 at 09:22


My post has gone from earlier !

Cold still, snow on Kilpatrick Hills.

20/03/2013 at 11:00

Morning all

MrsMac - yes it is this weekend, and I'm not sure I can take any more stress .

L's elderly father fell ill on Monday, passed out in street, wouldnt go to hospital, keeps falling over in house, breathless, wont take his ventolin inhaler, going to doctors on Thursday, stubborn old bugger still wants to come to Oxford with us when actually he should be in the bloody hospital .

Depending which weather forecast you believe we are either going to get blizzards on the M6 on Friday, or it will 'just rain a bit' .

The train I was going to get into London on Saturday morning is being re-routed due to engineering works and now stops at Hounslow where there is a bus service to Richmond (think i will just get a taxi here!!!). from Centurion this morning saying stretches of river are flooded again and if we get further rain they are going to have to re-route the course, so that we do out and backs, with the finish in Windsor instead of Oxford ! Total nightmare for them as organisers......nightmare for us as runners . They are taking the final decision on Thursday, but I reckon it will be the re-route as the river will be too dangerous to risk.

Is this supposed to test how much I really want to run 100m? It sure feels like it at the moment.....

I think this race is cursed.........

20/03/2013 at 12:26

TP - Total nightmare and stress inducer  I hope L's dad is ok. Mr FFBs elderly parents are the same. My Mum a bit younger and due to previous serious health issues is sensible about when to go to the doctor etc.

It is strange how some events can be a personal nemesis or seem cursed for particular individuals.

I hope it works out for you.

Weather forecasts do not help either. I was the same with Loch Katrine: differnent sites had contradictory forecasts. Which one to believe is always an interesting process and risk factor.

20/03/2013 at 13:31

Oh TP - what a total nightmare. I'd definitely agree the race is cursed!!! and I know if it was me I'd be wondering how motivated I was ... but then you've done ALL this training ... tough call but I'd take every bit of kit I had I think. Out-and-backs doesn't sound too inspiring ...

sleet/snowing as I speak, most of the stuff from Monday has mainly melted but understand more to follow - sigh.

10.5 miles this morning, 4 with a friend. Still ignoring ankle/foot issues!!

Back later to read race report.

20/03/2013 at 14:32

I'm a Scot based in locksmiths Chigwell, Essex. Will be heading up North this summer to take part in a few runs for 1-2 causes. Where do people run in Scotland?

Edited: 20/03/2013 at 14:33
20/03/2013 at 15:55

I run in and around Forres/Findhorn on the Moray Firth

20/03/2013 at 16:19

Welcome to the thread Dan - loads of good trail running in Scotland - depends what you want to do?

CC / FFB - If I make it to the start of this bloody race it will be a small miracle - but I'm gonna pack and try to set out regardless.

The out and back thing did not inspire me either it has to be said, but now I've had a look through where they are talking about it actually doesnt look too bad. They are keeping all the drop bags in Windsor, so its a case of pick up what you want, get changed etc, then back out again. My only slight concern if they do that route is all the CP's will be outdoors , but I have some good warm toilets memorised from last year !

Have to make a try for it, 5 months of training, two training 'races' a 41m and 38m last year, 4wks of tapering.......I'm not gonna quit now....but if I get stuck in a blizzard on the M6 then so be it. I have to at least try to get there somehow.

Hey, on the positive side, in light of all....the run will be 'easy' !!!!

Tell you what though - I'm not doing this next year - too risky with the weather / river etc - might stick to a nice local race like Glas-Edinb!

20/03/2013 at 19:25

Flippin' heck TP!! Talk about things conspiring against you However, you've done all the training and it'll take more than blizzards/route changes/floods/errant trains to get in your way

Good running cragchick Is your ankle still being naughty?

Dan, I run on the east-coast. Where are you headed?

8 miles tonight. Got in just before a heavy hailstone deluge

20/03/2013 at 19:54

FFB - nice race report, well done at D33

TP sounds a bit of a nightmare. Hope it all comes together on the day and you get there without too much bother. We look forward to hearing about it.

Hi Dan, folk running all over the country on here from us up north to those in the Central Belt.

Still injured though, bloomin snow got in the way of a bike ride today - back to the pool!

CC - how's it going?

20/03/2013 at 20:40

TP - most of my races include hideous logistics ... so like you, I figure if I make the start line then the race is there to be done!!! I think I genuinely was so amazed to get to the start of the SDW race after driving the 600 odd miles with the kids for company, I wasn't remotely nervous - hey, I had a whole 30 hours that were mine alone!!!!  Good luck though, for the travel plans, the health of aging relatives and making the start line ...

Mrs Mac/Elspeth - ankle foot still playing up, achilles niggling and some plantar fasciitus to add to the mix now BUT hasn't impeded training ... YET. Rolling foot on ball, rollering calf muscles and deep massage ... I'm seeing if I can train up to the Easter holidays then I've got two weeks to take it easy what with kids off and visiting relatives!  Hoping for a 15-miler tomorrow - that will tell!!!

Elspeth - is this the same injury again or a different one?  I'm blaming all the running on icy tracks!!  All the ice is keeping me away from my bike at the moment, cos I am a wimp!!

Mrs Mac - boo to the hailstone deluge. Not been too bad here today, just bitingly cold.

20/03/2013 at 22:15

Weather hasnt been too bad in Glasgow today - we even had a bit of sun this afternoon  - hard to believe it is going to be as bad as they say come Friday .

Had a good rant to my mother tonight on the phone, feel much better . She said if there is 3feet of snow on Friday morning it would be a blessing in disguise cos at least then we wouldnt have the worry of carting the 'nearly dead' down the M6 !!! Trust my mother to see the gallows humour side of things, she is outrageous ! I am seriously worried though, he might keel over at a motorway service station and then we are really f!cked .

Well, if I dont make it to the start, I will be better trained come the Fling than I have been for the past 2yrs of doing it .

CC - that was amazing you made it to SDW actually - but sounds worth the trip for the peace and quiet .

21/03/2013 at 08:53

Cold and frosty one thi smorning.I  quite enjoyed being out as no wind or rain

21/03/2013 at 13:46

Afternoon all

Well I'm packed and ready, but still swithering over going !

Email today saying they will be running the alternate Flood Route (out and back, and out and back, and out again, finishing in Windsor ) BUT, if the weather / floods get any worse over tonight / tommorrow they will postpone the race altogether!

Now, whilst it is commendable they have all these contingencies in place, its a whole heap of useless nothing to me, when I have to make the decision whether to set out from Scotland tommorrow in a blizzard, to potentially get all the way to London only to be told we cancelled it this morning !!! Or worse, what happened last year - get part way round and its cancelled......

So, will have further discussions with L - ie the support crew/driver  - tonight, but I am seriously thinking of sh!t-canning the race this year, accepting my financial loss on accommodation and train tickets, and just writing it all off down to experience. Its just a lot of bad luck with the weather, and this route seems particularly susceptible to it.

That will be me sticking to Scottish races Oct - March in the future!!!

Hope everyone else is having decent days - its not too bad at the moment out here.

21/03/2013 at 19:18

Oh TP, what a nightmare! Just wanted to wish you the very best of luck. I'm crossing everything that it works out ok and you have a fab race. Take care

21/03/2013 at 19:26

Hope things work out for you TP. I'd recommend the G2E, if the canal floods we've all got problems .

Hoping the weather is more benign than promised tomorrow, as I've got to get to Aberdeen. Skiing at the weekend though which sounds more sensible in the conditions.

21/03/2013 at 19:41

Thanks guys - i am looking at maybe getting onto the reserve list for GtoEd. I think going down to London is totally off given the forecast. There is also the option of Lochaber marathon 14th April if I am desparate.

good luck to everyone on the road tommorrow.

I wish the organisers of TP100 would basically grow a pair and say this is cancelled due to weather.

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