Kennet and Avon canal race

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27/08/2013 at 15:00

Cheers buddy I think ill need it

27/08/2013 at 15:12

Just keep moving, and you'll be okay.

27/08/2013 at 15:22

That's the plan

10/09/2013 at 11:07

Not long now...

Looks like i'm definately up for it now as my injuries have cleared! Whether i've managed to get up to speed or not i guess i'll find out on the day!?!

Hope everyone's ready and raring to go...?

12/09/2013 at 11:11

Had a bit of a toe injury and managed to get that cleared up. Havent run for 2 weeks though so hopefully will be fresh! Looking forward to it now we have some more details on water stations etc on the website I am justplaying around with what I am going to carry etc

15/09/2013 at 10:32

How'd ya get on Vicar? Was perfect weather conditions for a long run!

I enjoyed it up to about 43-44 then it was long slow run walk drag to the end. Injuries were fine but the missed training because of them really showed after 40.

i finished in time for my train too which was a bonus! All in all gotta be happy, a finish, no injury reoccurrences, and bang on my predicted time

15/09/2013 at 14:57

Good to hear buddy. Finished in just under 12 I really really enjoyed it. But the miles passed so so slowly towards the end. I did manage to run from 35 to 45 miles but walked 5 to 50 and jogged the rest in. Its amazing because it felt like I was screaming along but was only doing 13 minute miles towards the end. Today I cant actually walk and it still hasnt sunk in. But for all the bad things said on here I thought it was well organised in a nice casual kind of way which is what I like. I didn't really have a bad word to say

15/09/2013 at 17:03

Nor me, it's a small, friendly, flat n easy to navigate race. Just what I expected. They were great at the end. Bag was waiting, t-shirt, medal, photo, and lots of food goodies.

well done on the finish! Job done!!

16/09/2013 at 09:57

Hope you're recovering well vicar? my legs are still a little sore but getting round ok today!

For anyone else considering this for next year... def give it a go! It's very achievable, flat, easy to navigate. The only thing it was missing was a few more runners! So get on it people...

16/09/2013 at 12:21

Today I am much better than yesterday! But still cant get up and down without a bit of effort. I agree I would have like a few more runners to latch on to. I chatted with a chap called Tim for the first 10 miles then didn't speak to anybody else until the end. i just think I would have been pulled a long a bit quicker with a few more runners.  It's a shame really because it's a really nice little race with some cracking scenery and history

16/09/2013 at 16:53

I ran the 56 on Saturday. I thought it was a tremendous event, lovely course, scenic and easy to navigate, the few bridge transitions were marked with temporary spray markings. We were very lucky with the weather. It is certainly very low key but the manned checkpoints were friendly, informative and supportive and the unmanned water stops worked fine. There weren't a huge amount of runners, the event deserves to grow whilst keeping its informal appeal. It's nice to do a big city race with all the razzmatazz once in a while but on the whole I prefer the informal nature of these sort of events. The course is a mixture of hard towpath and grassy/track sections, there was a bit of mud here and there after the heavy rain in the week but it was never unrunnable. You can do a decent time on this course. It was great to run with someone else for the last 20 miles or so, we kept each other going - thanks Alex. You have to be a bit self sufficient and independent to do an event like this but that's part of the appeal of ultra running to me. Big thanks to the organisers, marshalls and volunteers.

17/09/2013 at 10:26

Couldn't agree more! I emailled Rob the RD back with abit of feedback too. And it's a perfect, beginner friendly introduction to doing longer events if that's where you're heading!

18/09/2013 at 11:17

Yeah I emailed him just to say thanks and got a nice email back. I hope it does grow and attracts more runners. Just signed up to a nice little 30 miler next we go again

18/09/2013 at 21:35

I 'only' did the 21 miler and have to agree with the comments above. I loved every minute of this. It was the perfect way for me to get my longest run in before Chester next month. I would like to run this again next year and will encourage others too as well. It is low-key and all the better for it. It was great to see Calne running club manning the aid station at mile 14. Fellow runners were friendly before and after. Virtually everyone you passed on route said hello and gave encouragement. And it was something of a relief when the race director phoned me as I was making my way home after the finish to let me know I'd left my bag behind.

I hope they give it another go next year.


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