Thames Path 100

3 May 2014

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30/06/2013 at 11:19

Important features seem to be later time of year, 28-hour cut-off, 2500', and serious competition at the sharp end with 2:09 marathon man Mark Steinle in the field.

First time for me and just about got in yesterday.  It seem s previous adverse conditions have not put people off entering!

30/06/2013 at 11:22

I've always thought it a bit of a shame long running threads full of experience, anecdotes and the odd bit of wisdom were abandoned to make way for newer ones based only on the fact that another year has passed. But hey ho.

 As for Mark Steinle I've never heard of him, I assume he's done other ultras? Or is he going to be incredibly fast over the first marathon and then nothing?

30/06/2013 at 11:54

Sorry, GKD. OK, that's one request for a new thread and one lamenting the demise of the old one already this morning.

I've kept the 2012 Ridgeway 85 thread going, anyway.

Can I suggest then everyone read the old thread first before asking facile questions?  This race seems to have quite a history of battling against the odds and possibly a lot of unfinished business?

Mark S was a leading UK road marathon runner, had several years out with injury and has come back onto the ultra scene.   I understand he's quite useful.  He won one of the Endurancelife coastal ultras, about 36 miles, finishing 50 minutes ahead of the next bloke.  Not sure over 100 miles, though.


Looking forward to this.  A lot.

30/06/2013 at 12:10

Right, first facile question coming up ...  Was this the cut-off time this year?  NDW is 30 hours.

30/06/2013 at 12:46

This years was 30 hours as well so want to do this again but if I get in the gucr then its to close to when thats run. O what to do may just volunteer instead. You'll enjoy this trex centurion put o  a good race and the volunteers make the race 

30/06/2013 at 12:52

I'm in. If Centurion do half as good a job as they did with the sdw then it should be a cracker - same weather too please.

30/06/2013 at 13:15

This one's not for me, flat races aren't my thing but I'll be there at registration and on the course again. Weather permitting I'm expecting a low 14 time from the winner 

30/06/2013 at 13:28

I'd ask you to pace me, GKD, but I'm not sure I could handle the abuse, and you couldn't handle the cold pizza.

30/06/2013 at 13:34

This event could become the British Rocky Raccoon in a few years. 

30/06/2013 at 13:39

There was only some gentle teasing at the SDW Tiago, for proper man up abuse you need to go over 100 miles and well into your second day 

30/06/2013 at 13:50

I'm only a newbie. It's all there for me to look forward to.

30/06/2013 at 22:30

To be fair, I contemplated starting a new thread prior to posting on the last, most comprehensive one. This new thread now means there's three tp100 threads, the other one being abandoned as a "duplicate"!  But hey ho.

So 2014 will be a rematch for me. 2012 I withdrew at Reading with the sweepers headlights bearing down on me, knowing I had no chance of making the cut for the next aid station. The cut off's were a bit nasty around the middle - I believe it was a tad more even this year. Can't really blame that for my dnf though, to be honest I was a bit green and under-prepared.  For 2013 I spent too long contemplating an entry, so it was full before I could commit. This time round I'd set a reminder on my phone to get my entry in!

There's something about this race. It doesn't have the technical trail, mountain terrain that perhaps a lot of us would prefer, but there's some sort of magic about it. 

01/07/2013 at 02:49

Not aware of 'duplicate thread', sorry.

We'd better gravitate to the one most used, I suppose.

01/07/2013 at 23:29

Aww, now I'm not sure which one to use!  Perhaps I was being a bit flouncy with my last post.  I was all proud about kicking the last thread off again 

So. Not specifically training for this at the mo' as I have a few other things planned in between, which should lead up to it.  Providing I don't break myself.  On that note - I started doing yoga this year and fully intend to keep it up, as it does seem to have improved my ridiculously tight hamstrings.

02/07/2013 at 13:54

Sorry if new threads are not the thing for all, but annual ones for Comrades work well as you can jump more or less to start / beginning / end of an annual cycle without trying to read thousands of posts...  If its my fault I'll post this URL to close off the others and avoid confusion, and maybe this one could have 2014 in the title to help others ?

I DNF'd early this year because (a) it was absolutely horrible and (b) my Comrades B2B was more important, especially when my average pace after Windsor dropped so much that I really wonder whether I would have made the cut-off anyway. So no excuses this time, as no Comrades and perfect weather... ??  Except its my first wedding anniversary and I haven't had the nerve to tell her yet..... Hmmmmm.

02/07/2013 at 14:40

agreed - I think having a new thread for a new year is a good idea. perhaps you can change the title and add 2014 onto it?

anyway, I'm in for this one - cant believe how quickly it filled. it'll be my (hopefully) third 100. I did the NDW100 last year and have the Winter 100 coming up in November.

have to say, I'm pleased about the date change...should be glorious sunshine - there, I said it.

seren nos    pirate
02/07/2013 at 14:41

so do they run this one up stream or downstream out of interest 

03/07/2013 at 03:26

Yes, they could do it like Comrades - up one year, down the next!  

Goes upstream, seren.


Against the flow, that's us.


Umm - 2014 is in the (sub) title.

04/07/2013 at 20:42

Hmm strange starting a new thread when all the info you could ever need is on the other one?? So all the newbies to the race can read the info on the other thread and comment on here. Very arss about face.

I'll just go with the flow though..

I'm in again btw...

Edited: 04/07/2013 at 20:43
04/07/2013 at 20:51

We could start another one laying out the choices available.

Will this event be a different beast with the date change?

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