Thames trot

Best shoes to wear?

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13/09/2012 at 10:14
Apologies if someone has already posted about this but has anyone got any views on whether to wear road or trail shoes for this race along the canal path? Am thinking of doing it as my first ultra and currently do most of my running on road. Cheers
13/09/2012 at 10:48
I'm entered for this too and was thinking of a light trail or hybrid shoe! I'm sure road shoes would be ok if that's what you prefer to wear
13/09/2012 at 11:22

It will depend on the weather ! If we have a dry winter road shoes will be ok, if we have a wet one then trail or hybrids.

Last year was dry and the path frozen solid so road shoes would have been fine, but later in the year I did the TP100 on the same route and the section around Abingdon was a slippy mud bath.

I ran in lightweight trail shoes for both and was happy with my shoe selection.

13/09/2012 at 14:04

Thanks...will look into it!

20/09/2012 at 11:08

I'm thinking of entering this in 2013. I live in Oxford so know the course between there and Abingdon very well. Road shoes will be fine if it's been dry, but this is somewhat unlikely in February - there's a good chance it'll be a slippy mud bath. I reckon trail shoes are your best bet.

20/09/2012 at 12:36

It can get seriously muddy on that stretch, like it did around this time last year. Then again, as Dougie says, for the race this year it was frozen solid, so road shoes would have been perfect. I think with something like this it's worth just keeping your options open, and possibly having a road and trail version of the same shoe, and training in both.

20/09/2012 at 15:41

Good dose of winter rain and it will be wellingtons !

Dark Vader    pirate
20/09/2012 at 18:16

... or flippers...


20/09/2012 at 23:26

Under most conditions this race can be tackled just fine with road shoes, but if it rains heavily in the week leading up to it, then you might consider switching to trail shoes. 


17/10/2012 at 16:09

Any idea when this one fills up? I'm still umming and ahhing, never having run more than 26.2miles before, but it starts practically on my doorstep

17/10/2012 at 16:16

50miles oranj....flat but freeeezing

17/10/2012 at 16:21

I entered this last week so it isn't full yet (though I believe that the free charity places have all been taken).

I also ran from Oxford to Radley at the weekend (the first part of the course) and it was extremely muddy and slippy, even with trail shoes. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain too much in late Jan.

17/10/2012 at 16:31

be good fun whatever the weather Lemony

17/10/2012 at 16:48

Not too worried about the weather on the day, but this will be my first ultra so it would be nice if conditions underfoot weren't too treacherous. Still - it will be fun whatever! Will you be running it?

17/10/2012 at 18:35

yes i am Lemony, after doing WT in January and Druids in 2 weeks time-so hopefully i will acclimatised to colder condtions by TT50

17/10/2012 at 19:35

Yep, I know how far it is loulabell! Oh soddit, I'm entering. What's the worst that can happen? 

17/10/2012 at 19:56
Oranj wrote (see)

Yep, I know how far it is loulabell! Oh soddit, I'm entering. What's the worst that can happen? 

You can have the most amazing time, and come away with the biggest grin you've ever had....

That's the ONLY thing that's gonna happen

Edited: 17/10/2012 at 19:57
17/10/2012 at 19:58

Oh, and Oranj - i've done a 30 and a 60 mile ultra - and i've never run a marathon, so I wouldn't worry about it

18/10/2012 at 07:42
Oranj wrote (see)

Yep, I know how far it is loulabell! Oh soddit, I'm entering. What's the worst that can happen? 

just reminding you gently Oranj....thats the way to do it-just hit enter and then go 'oh f...............................' works everytime

18/10/2012 at 08:56

16 weeks to go. About the same length of time as my usual Ironman build up. Reckon  I should be OK provided I can steer clear of any niggles (famous last words!). Got Luton Marathon next month which'll be a nice stepping stone.

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