Helly D, well done on a great finish. I was the guy you caught sitting down at 102 miles. The Irish fella (whose name I have also forgot - was it Paul?) gave me some Pro Plus. He lost you later on after emerging from the bushes (I think you also spotted me doing the same - sorry about that!). You sped off (quite impressively) probably thinking he was ahead, when in fact he was shouting at you from behind.
I ran with him a little way as he went to catch you up, but soon let him go. My mental collapse was complete at 108 or so miles and I bailed. 100 miles was a significant milestone for me. I felt pretty comfortable up to the aidstation but probably let my guard down after that and the floodgates opened. It's a learning experience and I hope to come back stronger.
Great run anyway. You looked very strong when I last saw you.
Robby - yes, I ran the Ridgeway in 2010 - probably back again this year to try and improve.
The conditions were very slippery as you describe and most shoes would probably struggle. Hopefully it will either be hard and dry, or full on mud on Saturday, so that there is at least some traction in the out of town stretches.
I finished in the dark last year and was travelling so slow that I almost jumped in the river after Sonning.
To be honest, I'll be disappointed if I don't finish in the daylight this time.
Ben - not sure of the postcode, but the bandstand in Henley is at Marsh Meadows by the river, just a 5-10min walk from town, and only 2 mins from the station:
Hi Robby, we may have passed each other. I ran Reading-Henley-Reading on Sunday. On the way out it was frozen and good underfoot but on the way back it was very slippy between Shiplake and Sonning as the thaw set in. I don't like wearing a heavy tread over this kind of distance, but with rain forecast on Friday I'm now unsure what to go with. I had a light trail shoe on Sunday and traction was pretty grim at times.