Quite a bit of grumble early on about this event. For a first off, thought it was pretty smooth. Start was plain sailing, route wasn't to thrilling till it hit the coast, pretty pelasant thereafter. Felt very much like a first time event, support was sterling at the end. No real organisational blips. Far eclipsed Edinburgh in my estimation, which wouldn't be hard as I thought it was poor.
That said, probably wouldn't go back for a few years, think it needs to find it's identity and support base.
Thanks guys. Planning to do it in mid/late April so flooding could well play a part if it's a rainy one. Or snow if this year is any yardstick! So I guess I'll have to plan for that. I'm planning on having GPS so should be ok on the map front, though will have paper copy as backup!
The support logistics are definitely something I need to plan carefully. So far planning on relying on a few different drivers to move by kit from stage to stage and carry absolute minimum on the run.
I was planning on doing 32-35 miles per day for 5 days. So a little more conservative on the daily mileage!
I'm looking at a plan to run the length of the Thames Path in 30-35 mile batches next year. Has anyone done anything similar and has any advice, or even trekked or biked it. Thinking in terms of how much is runnable, if any sections may be problematic for running. Suggestions for where to stop over. Advice for logistics etc etc. Thanks in advance!
Thanks r.e. Time, think I will probably stop my own timer. I'll get elapsed time from the garmin report anyway.
I'm going to have a chat with the Marathon organisers as I know people have done this before. So there will certainly be some logistics to deal with in terms of start of reverse section, getting into pens at start of forward section. I'm only expecting them to time the forward section, naturally, so I imagine I can be creative with the start point if needed.
Good point r.e. having someone to meet with food and clothes. Definitely necessary.
I'm loosely planning to run the London Marathon backwards then forwards next April. Starting first thing and running the course back to front, then turning around and running it forwards with the runners/event itself.
I've completed 4 marathons, plenty of halfs and a fair bit of adventure racing. Best Marathon time 3:26. I'd like to get advice from people on a few things:
1. What sort of time should I be aiming for first time round. My baseline is to complete but, being a bit competitive with myself, I'd like to set myself a target as a challenge. I'm guessing about 8 hours or so.
2. I cycle to work most of the time (16 miles per working day) and want to factor this into my training. Has anyone got experience of using a high level of cross training in their ultra-marathon schedule. My marathon training is usually sprints tuesday, tempo on thursday, long run on Sunday (the FIRST insititute three day schedule). Bike most of the other weekdays and rest saturday. Any advice or experience to share would be valuable.
3. Any hints on the turnaround? I'm assuming I'll have a slight break between the back/forwards section. I want to use that time effectively if I have it. I'm assuming a good feed on something I've run on before in training and just keep it loose.