GB Ultra Thames Trot 50

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07/02/2012 at 20:07
Hey Paul, sorry to hear of your bad luck. Stick with it, try to build back up slowly, I know it's really depressing, but don't give up just yet.
07/02/2012 at 20:28

Thanks Mate, How did you find it? was it harder than doing the double we did? I've got the ridgeway200 mountain bike enduro at the end of march so thats something to aim for, at the moment I am just going to focus on my cycling although I do have Brighton Marathon still to do as I entered that ages ago, Hope I will be ready for that by then. then I will make my mind up from there if I will continue running.

My mate is trying to get me to enter the northdowns 100mile race in August. I can't even get to do a 50k lol.

07/02/2012 at 23:17
Rymer, and anyone else considering it - Ridgeway 85 is a great race and a good one to test overnight running for the first time.  86 miles is a bit of a jump from 50 but the last 6 are all downhill and the checkpoints are brilliant.
08/02/2012 at 07:47
Oh the Ridgeway is so tempting I did the 3 day druid last year so I know the route ish .fully recovered from Saturday now and had a nice 5 miler last night with the dogs. Hope you are all well.
08/02/2012 at 09:04
Hi helly d. Thanks for the advice. Is there anything in between 50 and 85 that anyone would recommend at all, preferably in the South West?
08/02/2012 at 09:24
London to Brighton is about 65 miles. That is another good one.
08/02/2012 at 10:58

L2B is 56 miles

But navigation is notorious and most people do about 58

08/02/2012 at 11:51
Sorry my mistake.
I did almost 60 miles the first time i did it.
08/02/2012 at 11:53
Paul, it was quite different from the double, I couldn't say whether it was easier or harder really. The double was harder in terms of cardio, as the running was faster. The 50 was actually fine fitness-wise, as I was going so slow, but it was tougher mentally and also on the joints. But I have no doubts, whatsoever, that once your injuries clear up you'd manage an ultra no problems. I do my lsrs on the ridgeway, so maybe I'll pop up to watch the mtb race, sounds pretty cool.
08/02/2012 at 15:02

Hi all, first 50 and finished under my 10 hour target including a half hour detour to mums for cuppa , change and pick up headlight. Blue lips when I got home but thouroughly enjoyed the thing alhough there were dodgy bits, the Wallingford detour, Moulsford when I expected the CP to be where we rejoined the river and the Purley housing estate. Fantastic fruit cake though.

I entered the TT as progression towards the TP100 next month, but an ankle injury in Oct meant no running till Jan 12, hadn't gone further than 28m and only back to 40+ mpw since mid Jan so happy to have got round relatively unscathed. Now to decide about the 100. For the 50 I had a plan B (lots of train stns on the route) and a Plan C (bag at mums) so it was as easy to turn up and have go as not. I guess I'll take the same approach for the 100, I realise it's another great leap but hey ho.

Lessons learnt; walking is not a failure, eat the lunch when provided, don't be afraid to take a rest break it can be quicker.

Gave a Swedish chap a lift back to Reading after, he'd done 70+ ultras, who said welcome to the Ultra family, there was a lot of that Saturday, and thanks to all I met along the way. Especially the helpers without whom etc but more so when it was that cold!

08/02/2012 at 16:25

Thanks for the vote of confidence Thomas Sounded like a good one. Yeah I am looking forward to the bike enduro as it gives me something to focus on. as for the leg, I'm off the ibuprofen now and have no pain or disscomfort. I will give it one more week then try a little slow run and see how it goes.

All the best mate.

08/02/2012 at 17:23
Cheers Paul, I look forward to seeing you at an ultra in the future.

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