That is a real bummer
Why not replicate the effect by hiding in your freezer all day with a pack of jelly babies and some cake?
Sorry to hear that Lirish, but the freezer might have been warmer.
It was a tad cool to start, but bright and sunny. The sun soon warmed things up, but thte ground was frozen most of the day. I had to stop just before Reading to do some running repairs Started to snow at around 4pm, but it was just a light sprinkiling. I finished with just enough daylight to not need my headtorch in about 8:37 (didn't stop my watch so don't know the exact time).
Those out later would have had more snow to deal with as it was still falling when I left.
Oh dear Lirish not good. The race actually started 10 min late due to rail delays and people arriving late from the station it was bloody freezing hanging about in my shorts.
Great setup and nice route but I had a bit of a shit race. Went off way too fast (school boy error) so had a torrid last 20. In addition the first 10 was frozen mud and my ankles were bloody killing me where they kept rolling over. Finally I stopped for a stretch at about 40 mile and my IT band let me have it. Bloody agony.
Managed 8hr 1min but not without a struggle.
It's all a learning curve it don't matter how many races you run you can still have bad days.
Nice shirt though
They should call this race "the quad killer".
It gave my quads more of a hammering than the Comrades up run.
A massive well done to everybody who completed their first 50 miler today! This race was my first 50, and it turned out to be a launch pad for bigger things.
While this race appears to be one of the easier 50s on paper, it always manages to throw you a curve ball. The time of year means that you can be presented with anything form an energy sapping morass, to frozen hard and cambered ground, or even snow underfoot.
I see this race becoming a classic of British ultra running.
Wow! my first Ulta and marathon rolled into one.
How you all do it in sub-8hrs is beyond me.
I was contemplating binning it at the half way point but I remembered Ben's post. I paired up with another crawler who came in to the Goring check point and off we set.
The snow started falling after Purley which nice.
Finished in 11:30. Good feeling and a great experience. Met some lovely people so it was a good day out.
Very pleased to have finished my first 50 mile race. It was a great experience in a well organised race. The fruit cake was awesome and the marshalls and people helping out at the check points did a great job, especially the Sweety man handing out the haribo at more points in the race than seemed possible. Came in around 8hrs 33mins. Managed not to walk any of the race but had a quality refuelling stop with porridge in a thermos, (well done the missus). Well done everyone who finished. Hope to meet you again soon.
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