When I got up this morning it's showing -8 at Benson (I've worked there at the air base and it always gets the coldest spot medal once a month) and I bet it drops to -9 by dawn.
So how do you stop drinking tube and bite valve from freezing. I'll be running with some High5 and I know from experience that freezes in the bite valve.
The said on The Today Programme that Benson was equal with Braemar as the coldest in the UK last night at -11C
I have an insulated Camelback drinking tube - I have tested it down to -4C.
I heard Benson was -11 and the coldest place in England too.
Weather says snow, but not until Sat night / Sun morn, so cold and dry it is !
Packed my dropbag last night, made things seem a little more real and looming...! Put so many layers to change into after the finish, when you stop the cold is gonna hit hard!
Dougie - by coincidence I was up in Braemar a couple of days ago: -3 during the day and they were commenting on how warm it was for this time of year!
Out for a gentle run this morning and it was on the chilly side - will have a to add an extra layer for tomorrow. Gloves are an absolute must.
Latest BBC forecast has Benson at -6 first thing but sunny and just above freezing by midday. Could be ideal but I'm still looking forward to a diet of frozen gels, jelly babies and Minstrals during the day.
I'll be driving up and leaving the car at Oxford Station - anyone be there at around 7.30?
good luck everyone
looks relatively warm (ie above zero) if you survive past 9.00am
See you all in the morning. Decided against the camper, way too cold.
Gotta travel up in morning so getting up at 4.30. Bed soon!
Hi all, just packing my bag now after a large bowl of pasta, looking forward to this with a level of trepidation !
4.30 is going to be oh so early, setting all my alarms to make sure I wake up, really wouldn't want to miss it !!
The weather seems like it going to be ok, as long as it's not snowing it should be as good as it gets for this time of year.
Anyhow best of luck everyone and have a great race !!!
Here is some pre race briefing for anybody who is running their first 50 miler.
The rest of you know what you have to do.
The mental low point of your first 50 miler comes around the half way mark. At this point you might already be having to dig deep, as you would be towards the end of a marathon, and the knowledge that you have as far to go again can be a tough obstacle to overcome.
I cannot stress this too strongly, because last year 10 % of the field failed to finish this race, and virtually all of these people quit at the half way aid station when faced with the enormity of running as far again. Virtually everybody who got past this psychological hurdle finished the race.
Once you hit the 30 mile mark, you will start to get a real sense that the task ahead of you is getting smaller. With every mile from then onwards you will be chopping the race down into smaller pieces. It is easy to dig deep when the remaining section of the race is getting smaller, and this poses much less psychological challenge than the half way mark.
When your efforts finally pay off, you are tired and running through the darkness with a head torch. Suddenly you see the lights of the bandstand at Henley off to the side and run towards them. As you draw towards the lights, the assembled crowd applauds, and you cross the finish line on tottery legs. Steve Adams congratulates you and presents you with your medal and T shirt ( nice medal incidentally).
At this stage it is alright to get a bit emotional.
Im feeling in a sort of numb state now, i know theres nothing else to do now except get up (annoyingly early now as TFL have chosen this weekend to close any line remotely useful for me ) and pull the lycra on and head to Paddington. Ive no expectations, i just want to finish with a smile on my sweaty cake strewn face
It'll be nice to run with new (and some familiar) faces in a newish and pretty part of the country, whatever happens at least ill have that.
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