Thames Path 100

100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford

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09/05/2012 at 18:58

I decided last month that I have to revisit this one. Initially I thought no done this one time to move on, but something keeps troubling me - I sort of now know this course having finished it and secondly I want to have a good stab at breaking the 24 hour barrier.

Was way out of my depth the first time around, Hillheader I really had to let you go post Reading I just couldn't keep up, but now with a bit of muscle memory in the bank and a change of waterproofs and GTx trail shoes in the drop bags this race just could be the one!!

I might also toy with the idea of the South/North Downs as well for next year !!

Goodluck all

10/05/2012 at 22:16

louismaxy

Of course you are going to do one of the Downs 100s. 

After you do TP100 a second time, do you imagine that you are going to just stop there?

 

10/05/2012 at 22:23

Might see how my coastal ultras go this year (Isle of Wight & Dorset Doddle) before I think about North/South Downs

TP was great though...maybe I'll see you all back there again too!! LM...trying for sub 24 eh? Got me thinking!

12/05/2012 at 09:01

Ben I can't wait since finishing the TP100 i have entered The Cardiff Ultra next week and have entered the Thames Trott next February as a warm up for TP next year. One of the Downs 100 would be the icing on the cake !!

PP I think with better planning on my part and now I have that muscle memory from last March I believe sub 24 hrs is possible, the last 9 miles from Abingdon was horrible as you know. Just which I had packed my gortex trail shoes, big mistake. Traction resembled more a side ways movement sliding around that MB track next to the Thames under two inches of water................d'oh

 

 

12/05/2012 at 18:45

Good luck with Cardiff LM, I think Vicki Luffram from this thread is also doing that one.

12/05/2012 at 22:17

I definitely learned some hard lessons about kit requirements in TP100. 

I would definitely have a goretex jacket in my pack if I did this event again. 

I don't think I would use goretex shoes, because the water gets in over the top, and then they just make matters worse. 

Above all, it was people who took care of their core body area who were least effected by the weather conditions. 

I would say that the conditions underfoot in the last 20 miles, definitely harmed the finishing times of many competitors, so we might well be able to do better next time round. 

12/05/2012 at 23:12

Conditions could have been better - but also could have been worse. The Saturday was excellent remember. Perhaps the main problem was the contrast.

Most ultras I've done insist on full body cover (waterproof jacket AND trousers) to be carried at all times. Seems an appropriate rule considering it is early March.

 

30/10/2012 at 12:46

Anyone got a way of turning the map on the website into a garmin course? I tried it last year but it kept blowing my garmin up (maybe too big a file).  Wondered if anyone has a clever way to chop course into bits & upload each.

And yes, I KNOW it follows the Thames.  So how come there were three of us wandering around Reading town centre around closing time last year then? Hmm???

(Answer: missing  a bridge crossing due to removed sign. Grr.)

15/11/2012 at 09:33
Hello all, how's things? Time is creeping on eh! Hope peoples training is progressing well?mark, I do have GPS data from last years race I could maybe try to email to you in an attachment? It's currently housed in my Garmin software online.... I got the reading town centre bit right and didn't deviate from the path so your welcome to fiddle with it if you like? I enjoyed a 19m off road walk yesterday all cross country over wet fields and through farms. So so similar to the final third of last years event, the only difference was that I was in goretex walking boots and gaiters not soggy road shoes! What a difference it makes!!
15/11/2012 at 12:12

Mr F, would love to have a look at the GPS data from last year. Doing the TP 100 in March for the first time, very excited and have been training like a wolf! Let me know what you need to email it over.

15/11/2012 at 12:21
Monkey, just need your email add and ul forward them to you later this afternoon. Comes un two seperate runs as I wore one watch for the first half then another for the 2nd. Just so you know, I only have the first 96m as I was one of those pulled out of the race when it was cancelled due to weather. The 96m checkpoint is where my race ended!
15/11/2012 at 13:05

Cheers Mr f! Sad to hear they cancelled the race at the end, are you doing it again this time?

My email address is barn_whit@hotmail.com. Much appreciated!

 

15/11/2012 at 15:48

You should have the two files with you now monkey.... oh and another thing, the GPS signal was crap at the start, possibly due to the cloud cover and 199 other people searching for a signal too! I didnt start my watch until we hit mile one...

15/11/2012 at 16:44

Thats awesome cheers Mr F! Will have a proper look later on tonight.

Edited: 15/11/2012 at 16:44
15/11/2012 at 19:07

mr f - if you could send I would much appreciate.  am at marc DOT thatcher AT gmail DOT com

merci

15/11/2012 at 20:34
Hi all Mr f could you send me a copy please markfox491@internet.com first time for this race did the sdw100 last year this sounded tough last year with the weather etc. Looking forward to this tho just need my Achilles to heal up.
16/11/2012 at 08:00

Marc & Lingster, you should now both have mail.....

16/11/2012 at 08:16
Lingster... Yours has bounced back. Should it be btinternet.com?
16/11/2012 at 14:16
Yeah sorry Mr f markfox491@btinternet.com
21/11/2012 at 15:21

Mr F, You have mail

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