I've run on sections of the Thames path in freezing temperatures, a couple of things to look out for:
- mud, when frozen and rutted it can be quite easy to twist an ankle
- bridges, the small wooden humpback bridges can be quite slippery
However, most of the path is fine when frozen, though it can be like running on concrete so cushioned shoes may be the order of the day. If it is frozen to start with and then thaws as the day goes on, it might mean choice of shoes could be tricky.
I try to train on the north downs as often as I can so I know it's going to be challenging terrain, i'll start recceing it in the next couple of months to get a better idea of what it's going to be like. Thing is any hundred is going to be incredibly tough so I should be scared by it but I'm not. Maybe I will be closer to the time.
What I am thinking of seriously is the Tor des Geants in september, now that is something that scares me....
you don't need additional food
the cake at the aid stations is legendary and all you need
The rules* state:
"12.1a Outside Assistance
Should your loved ones want to give you a tasty snack on the course, this is allowed, so long as they bring enough for everyone else as well"
*rules as defined by me
last year loads of people were being given stuff
the route is very conducive to being met at various stages
good luck everyone at the weekend, its a great race
last year I ran it without gloves, you may not be so lucky
remember a headlight for the last 1-2 hrs
I seem to have deleted the mail I was sent regarding the diversion.
Do I need it? Is the diversion easy to follow?
Thanks John. I take it by benson you mean benson lock near cp2?
Li. The diversion was sent in an via email wasn't it? I seem to remember opening it but have since deleted it for some unknown reason.
I am fairly sure even I can wing it along a waymarked national trail that follows a river. The diversion is bound to screw me.
How weird. Just checked the BBC forcast and the coldest place in England is Benson! -5!
Never heard of Benson untill 10 mins ago.
-3 on Saturday!
Hi - Glad to hear that outside assistance is allowed as wife and kids are coming to support all day
On the shoe front, I assume we can allows take road and trail shoes and change then on the way round if required?
Also want to ask for some advice on managing blisters. I have never suffered from these in the past , but recently when covering over marathon distance I have either started to get a hot spot or a full blown blister on my big toe . I was wondering whether to try and tape up the toe from the start or to wait until the heat starts and tape it then?
Morning all, getting close now...
Does anyone know what the facilities at the end are like? whether there's changing and/or showering?
I'm guessing not. But still nice to have our drop bags to come back to tho...
Cant wait for this race! It'll be the furthest I've run by a long way. Good luck to everyone on Saturday! See you there.
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