Thames Path 100

100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford

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13/03/2012 at 17:37
I'm wondering what to do next?

Any ideas over the summer or autumn?

I can't make either of the Downs races, but they do sound enticing.

13/03/2012 at 18:36
Hardmoors 110 would keep you out of mischief for a couple of days. 
Edited: 13/03/2012 at 18:38
13/03/2012 at 20:37
Ring of Fire in Anglesey?
15/03/2012 at 16:51
Just signed up for the grimsthorpe ultra in July. 10 10 mile laps around grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle. Also  doing the Cardiff ultra in May
15/03/2012 at 17:27

vicky isnt the grimsthorpe actually a 105miler?!

doing a local 40 in three weeks but nothing other than that planned at the minute. recovery is going well though, feeling good and went for a nice XC 10 miles today with no problems

15/03/2012 at 17:33
I haven't run yet since the race. I ran the race with a damaged leg and frustratingly it didn't get any better on the race. Going to give it a full 3 weeks off, but desperate to get out again as apart from that feeling fully recovered. I've nothing longer than the Lairig Ghru 28 mile race planned for the summer. Might do a 100 mile race in the US in October though? GUCR for next year ????? 
15/03/2012 at 19:57

I started running again on Monday, in my recovery sandals.  The swelling of my feet has now reduced to the extent that I can run in shoes.  I have done no more than 9 miles to date, and would like to get in a long run on Sunday. 

After that, it is only three weeks until the Viking Way Ultra, so start tapering again, then back into the breach for more punishment!

15/03/2012 at 20:59

Ey up!

I'm aiming for GUCR for my next big race year and I've decided to pull out of Viking Way due to a niggle from TP100 but I've got plenty of years to get to that badger!

 I've written my first blog entry about the Thames Path 100 if anyone is interested. Its mainly about chasing Craig's shadow and my poor taste in music...


15/03/2012 at 20:59

I had a week off, then did a couple of easy spins on the turbo trainer last weekend and now I'm pretty much back into triathlon training mode. I've done 2 swims, 2 bike commutes and 3 short runs this week so far. My top end speed hasn't returned yet, but otherwise I'm fine.

I have a summer of triathlons planned including 2 half and 3 full ironman distance races.

My next ultra might be the Norfolk Coast 100k in October, then I'm thinking of the ONER or the Trans Gran Canaria next year.

16/03/2012 at 09:15
4 Inns at the end of the month and then GUCR for me
16/03/2012 at 13:06
Park run on Saturday for me.
16/03/2012 at 13:22
Nice blog Robbie. Well done on your 2nd place.
16/03/2012 at 13:56

Hi all

I've had a bit of an ITB related knee niggle since the race, took a week off but have managed out for a few slow runs this week and some cycling. The cycling has definitely helped.

Next up for me is Connemara, 'only' the marathon, not the ultra thank goodness as I dont think my legs would forgive me 39m of road at this point in the recovery . Looking forward to the marathon and then a weeks holiday sampling the Irish hospitality .

After that it will be Dukeries ultra 30m version in May, the new Strathearn marathon in Perthshire in June, building to the Lakeland 50 in July.

I had considered Highland Fling again in April, but will largely depend upon how the knee feels once I start picking up the miles - and anyway, I decided last year that there are far too many annoying tree roots on that course!!!

16/03/2012 at 14:02
Can never understand why in Scotland there are so many fantastic trails yet there are 3 Ultras over the course of the WHW ... I could never just run half of the WHW either
16/03/2012 at 14:09

I know H1ppo, its a bizarre one alright.......the thing I like about the Fling is you can do it unsupported with it having a drop bag system. The other two races they insist on support crew, one of whom must be a runner to come and find you if you get into difficulty. I have a (kind of ) willing driver, but finding a runner would be very problematic for me as I'm not in a club.

When I finished the fling last year I certainly didnt want to continue ......but now I've done this TP thing and more training I am more inclined to want to .

16/03/2012 at 14:13

I've never been able to find much in the way of support either. It was a while ago but i've done the WHW twice by committing to run with a mate throughout as each others running support and with my wfe being road support for both of us ... She's long lost interest in doing that sort of thing now though!

16/03/2012 at 21:05


I feel terrible for you given the way that you went out, but in these races you often come away with more admiration for the DNF who put up the bravest effort, than many of the finishers.  Good luck at Grimsthorpe, but I am sure that you will take luck out of the equation. 


You are going to be dreaming about river/canal paths after GUCR! 


With enough strength and determination, you can push through the park run!

Edited: 16/03/2012 at 21:06
16/03/2012 at 21:28

Hi all.  Will this thead keep going until next year? If so I'm throwing my hat into the ring for 2013.  Sounds epic.

I've done the Fling four times and agree about all the rocks and tree roots.  That path by Loch Lomond is very attractive but not exactly runnable.  Grade 1 scramble at one point!  Cracking, well-organised race though, although new organisers this year.

In 2009 and again in 2011 I actually continued on my own all the way to Fort William straight after the race.  In 2009 I carried a stove for a quick cook-up but last year I ate in the Real Food Cafe before continuing. So no runners, support crews, or even CPs!  I'm not fast and both times the full WHW took about 31 hours.

17/03/2012 at 11:32
Cheers Ben. I pushed through the pain and when i hit the wall i just kept on going.
I am seriously thinking about next year's TP100 , i'd like to believe
i'll be brave enough to give it another go. Pretty sure i can run it a bit faster.
17/03/2012 at 18:33
Great story Ben. Well done and good strategy.

I might be tempted by TP100 again? Really enjoyed (most of) it.

Some great ideas for races. Viking way sounds tough. Cut offs might be difficult for me as only just sub 24 in TP.

I love the WHW and the 2 other ones. Did all three last year and done them a few times each now.The WHW is another great race for cameraderie. The prize giving for everyone at Sunday lunchtime is especially inspiring. In 2 weeks time I'm walking the WHW with family over a week. Looking forward to many pub lunches in places you wistfully run past on the race!
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