I have entered the Summer (August) version of this and may also do the Winter version too (November). I wouldn't worry too much about trail shoes. It's mainly along the Thames Towpath, which is predominantly hard gravel. There are a few spots where it can get wet, but I would just expect it would mean running around puddles and not through them.
I ran this race in 2012 and even with a small field and a slow time, you don't really feel by yourself. There were both slow and quick people running so I doubt anyone will be left completely alone. Plus because it's an out and back course, you have even more people around running back pass you for the first half at least.
Hi all. I've received my race pack too now. I was just wondering what trainers people were wearing? Normal road trainers or trail trainers? Good luck to all running this. I'm getting quite excited. It'll make a change to the normal road races I run!
In September I'll be running the Thames Path 100k for Evelina Children's Heart Organisation (ECHO). This is a charity that supports familes who have children with congenital heart disease.
My son suffered heart failure 12 days after being born and was later diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. With no current cure to this heart disease, only 50% of children survive 2 years with their own heart.
ECHO have been brilliant to us over the past 8 months with us and my son who has spent many weeks in and out of hospital and suffered further heart failures. They have helped give us hope, support and kept us the right side of insanity.
I use to be a regular on the forums, but sadly this has had to take more of a back seat with my first foray in to parenthood.
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Thanks bobdidmadrid. I think I was definitely lacking salts as well. I suppose it is a lesson learnt. It's interesting to hear though that this can happen on one run and then another in similar conditions you can be fine.
In hindsight, I think I was attempting to run taking on a similar amount of water as during a much colder race, thinking that because I'd hydrated before the race and the day before, this would have been enough. With running at a quicker tempo to my normal LSRs, this could have added to my downfall.
Xyloid.....I'll reply to your PM now! Well done on your marathon, we were close to crossing the finish line hand in hand!
Philomena........it was liquids that I was puking.......no food at all....mainly water with a bit of gel that looked like a broken yoke!
Well done to everyone who finished yesterday. I think I suffered a similar fate as some of the others with the temperature and insufficient hydration early on. I was hoping for a time around 3:20 and passed halfway feeling okay and bang on in 1:40. By mile 16 though I was feeling a little sick, so stopped, vomited. After this every time I tried to get going again, I needed to be sick. Managed to finish in 3:51 with a fair bit of walking in the last 10 miles. After running the course I don't think I would have managed to run 1:40 for the 2nd half with the underpasses and hills at the end. I'll now have to find an Autumn marathon to try again! I think it was a combination of the heat and not drinking enough early on that was my downfall.
As for the pacing, I paced London last month and tried as hard as possible to keep the splits as equal as possible and keep to a 30 second buffer under my target time, just in case of any issues.