I ran the section between Bures and Stratford last weekend and its now almost amazingly dry, apart from one short section along the side of Stoke by Nayland golf course which must be slightly spring fed. The fallen trees have also been moved, so its now in pretty good shape apart from a badly broken footbridge about a mile after Bures, but its easy to see and skirt. Very noticeable that the Suffolk side has lots of new gates, stiles and signs whereas Essex is quite poorly maintained.
Thanks Dill & TR - sounds good. I don't conceptually think pacers fit with the challenge either, so happy to take my chances - especially as the time isn't really important, although I would be delighted if I can scrape under 24hrs.
Bit concerned that all the diversions on the Thames Trot will confuse me when I am at my most befuddled.... that was supposed to be a route recce but could now actually take me off course !
Insurance would not have been the answer. If the contract required an initial payment for the water (as reported) and they didn't make it, then its highly likely that there would have been a provision in the contract letting insurers off the hook - as there should be, as they aren't there to act as fairy godmother to people who are incompetent.
I think 2wheels has hit the nail on the head. You wouldn't need cancellation insurance if it was the water suppliers fault - you would be suing them for a full recovery. The fact that hasn't been mentioned suggests the organisers screwed up. Its unlikely that the waiver runners signed exempted the organisers from their own negligence and therefore they are still on the hook, cancellation or not. They will have insurance for that, unless they are exceptionally stupid...