Thames Trot ultra 50 2014

just i mad?

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12/03/2013 at 09:31

just entered this, being bit by the ultra bug, after running the Born to run ultra last month

12/03/2013 at 11:19
Ok. There is no ultra bug, that's probably a tick. You're not mad.
12/03/2013 at 11:40

a nervous one then

24/04/2013 at 18:35

I've entered. It will be my first ultra unless I can find something of the right distance later this year. Currently struggling to find something suitable though.

24/04/2013 at 20:24

This is a pretty good place to start. 

What is your running background?

24/04/2013 at 23:02
1 year of running (was extremely overweight until a year ago). 4 half marathons culminating in a 1:45 a month ago and 1 marathon in 4:05 (London). Am thinking of trying the Sussex Stride 51 mile in September too now and using the following plan for both that and for this run:

Any view on this Ben? Is it reasonable?
27/06/2013 at 20:26

Thinking of entering this one for next year .is it well supported ? Be a great early year run . Will keep me off the xmas pud..

27/06/2013 at 21:05

I'm in, not first ultra, the weather and conditions underfoot not to mention flooding are the main concerns. Hard to get lost as it is all way marked / sign posted so navigation is not a worry.
Khanivore, not saying it is not possible to go straight to a fifty but you may want to try and find a 50-60km race this year and use that as a build up to the TT rather than go for a 51 mile in September. You will need to do at least one run up to 35 miles as a long run before a fifty anyway and much easier to do as a race rather than a solo run. I know after a year of running I wasn't strong enough to go straight to 50 miles. After 2 years I did a couple 30+ races and then did 50+ (Comrades) and that worked for me. We're all different and if you have the desire to do it then most likely you can, slow steady build up. Good luck and see you at TT!

27/06/2013 at 21:54

Easy to get lost if they change the course last minute again.

27/06/2013 at 22:01
Tiago Hefner 2 wrote (see)

Easy to get lost if they change the course last minute again.

 There is that

27/06/2013 at 22:11

To be fair I can get lost at a 400 metre running track.

27/06/2013 at 22:24

I get lost trying to find the running track.

27/06/2013 at 22:58

Hey Khanivore, fancy seeing you here. this is a great event, I did it this year., but as others have said, maybe not one to do as first ultra.

I helped a friend train for a marathon last aug/ sept last year, with a few extra runs  used that to do a 35m Oct ultra instead, then pushed on over the winter with a few 20-25 mile events, to do this in Feb comfortably.

Plenty of 30-40 milers you could do before Feb.

28/06/2013 at 20:47


Firstly, sorry I took so long to reply. 

Yes, it is eminently reasonable. 

I did this event as my first 50, when my marathon time was 4.02, and I completed the race in about 9 hours. 

I basically jogged the first 25 miles, then switched to a strategy of run 25 minutes walk 5, later dropping the ratio to 20/5 then 15/5. 

If you do the same thing, you will likely get much the same result. 

29/06/2013 at 08:54

Hi all, I'm in for this one too. Can't wait. Won't be my first ultra, but as mentioned I reckon the biggest variable will be the weather / conditions underfoot. I think it'd be a tough first ultra, purely because 50 miles is a long way whichever way you cut it. Having said that, there's definitely no reason you couldn't do a 30 miler in October / November and feel good on the start line of the Thames Trot. I personally wouldn't do any further than a 50k / 30 miler in prep to this.

02/07/2013 at 06:51

Im in looking forward to it ...

23/07/2013 at 17:27

Hey peeps! Im in for this one as well. Will be my 3rd ultra  Definitely got the ultra tick.....maybe its just ringworm? 

aaaaaaaany who! 

I want to use this one to force me to get a little quicker, I really want to build up and get a 24hr 100 buckle Ive done the NDW50 and Race to the Stones so far.

You all say "conditions underfoot". can this one get muddy? Need to come up with a solution as I run in sandals! Also is this one quite flat, hence the 11 hour cut off?

23/07/2013 at 18:07

Yes, depending on the weather it can get quite muddy along the Thames Path. On my recce run along the second half of the official course before the race this year I was slipping and sliding quite a bit - in trail shoes - and in sections the mud was coming up over the tops of my feet (minimalist shoes, so people wearing shoes with thicker soles may have fared better in that respect).

TT50 is mostly flat, since it follows the Thames Path, IF it's not diverted, but there's one section where it goes away from the Thames and up a hill. This year it was diverted on race day and ended up being mostly on road and quite undulating, with sections along bridlepaths in ankle-deep mud (and deeper) - that's where two people twisted their ankles and had to limp to the next checkpoint and retire - and a bit back near the Thames of wading through water across a flooded meadow, which nearly reached my knees (okay, I'm only 5 ft 2) and was VERY COLD.

Have fun!


24/07/2013 at 08:51

Thanks Debra! Looks like I might have to have a back up shoe or come up with a mud solution for the sandals! 

24/07/2013 at 13:01

Accept getting muddy feet???

I used to hill-walk in the Lake District in Teva sandals and waterproof socks in spring and autumn but that's not going to work with the Lunas.

If you're looking for a backup shoe, I do like the VivoBarefoot Neo and Neo Trail - I've now completed four 50-mile ultras in thee Neo Trail. I have the Breathos as well but they're slightly too narrow in the toes for me (tiny difference, but I can see the red area on my foot when I take the shoes off) - I wouldn't want to wear the Breathos for an ultra (but obviously it will depend on your foot shape).

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