Just let the organisers know you arent going to do it, then they can either give your number out on the day (entries can be taken on day) or if theres a waiting list (not sure there is), it can be used. Fantastic event, top five in UK , in my opinion. 50th year of its running. North Face sponsored event, in the RunFurther series. The WildRunning guys will be there in force. Its a great test of running and navigation over some of the most memorable landscapes in England. Shame you cant make it.
I'd get out there as early as possible, i had a problem in 2009 when arriving on the wed for UTMB on fri. Dont know exactly why but I am now putting it down to altitude because it started at St Gervais (13m) and continued until le Chapieux (31M). nausea, VOMITING, couldnt eat, drink didnt sort it out. Gradually strengthened after Le Seigne Pass after forcing salty soup and fluid, but if it hadnt been the UTMB, i dont know, maybe DNF? I went thru hell.!
My advice would be to get out there asap, then get up higher, and really hydrate for at least the day before.
Its just my opinion. entitled to it, because I do have a clue. Done too many of them not to. The UTMB last year was atrocious conditions, (not that I did it) but freezing cold, high altitude, rain, snow. 55% did not finish. But the race was not pulled, because everyone was expected to carry a certain amount of bad weather gear. They were all prepared. They had to be, or they wouldnt have been allowed to start the Race. As ive said previously. Every 100 miler should be taken very seriously and every runner should be prepared for bad weather conditions. It was early March. Weather forecasts anyone? I guess I'll be told that it wasnt predicted to be as bad as it was. That's quite often the case. So just err on the cautious side. Is that Sensible, or moronic? (veggieboy). Actually its quite moronic to attempt a 100 race and not be prepared, so think ahead and think for yourself.
Veggie, nothing bravado about me.. At all. But sometimes common sense has to prevail im afraid. You have to make decisions for yourself and not wait for others to make them for you. It could be too late by then. Im glad there were people there to help you out, and everyone else who was in a bad way. BUT, i'll reiterate, if I was 5 miles from the finish and I was feeling OK, I repeat, OK, I would have finished, whether officially or not. Anyone trying to stop me after running 98 miles would have been told where to go. On the other hand if I was in a desperate state I would have stopped myself at whatever stage of the race.
If you don't agree with me that's fine. But please dont presume I know nothing about what im saying. A 100 mile race is not a Fun Run.
I'll say nothing more because obviously some people are still very tetchy about it.
Thanks for being honest, your the only one who's actually told it how it most probably was for most. Good on ya! I think it was a great lesson which hopefully will help a lot of people for future events.
Ive read the race report thanks Irish and Cragchick, waccy. Im not familiar with the race route, thats all.
IMHO there should have been kit checks prior the race start. Thats really the bottom line. Early March. England? No need getting on your High Horses. There has to be certain items in your pack. Waterproofs, extra layers, Safety kit. For safety in foul weather? 100 miles anywhere isnt easy, even along the Thames Valley.
Im not taking anything away from anyone who finished. Great effort!
If people were becoming hypothermic how could that have been avoided? Probably by carrying the right gear in the first place. Ok. Im sure it was right to stop THEIR race, obviously. But My guess is that the 48 or so who werent allowed to finish and werent hypothermic were a bit pissed off. No? I would have been! Rest assured the organisers will have 'minimum kit lists' in future.
I know what its like to have races pulled on me. OMM BORROWDALE 2008. (shouldn't have been pulled) UTMB 2010. God knows, but I was gutted. Stopped at 13 miles. Gutted wouldnt have been the word if id got to 95 miles!
It's my point of view. Thats all it is.
Ben, not trying to be funny. But a windproof is no use in the rain. If your baselayers, no matter how many, get wet, the core of your body cools rapidly. If you're running through rain/sleet and it's windy you've got no chance. Just for curiosity. Why werent you carrying waterproofs? At least a waterproof jacket?
Don't know much about this race, but i believe it was stopped at about 28 hours. Is this true? Did anyone actually run for 28 hours (which would have put them near the finish?) and then just stop? Retire. Go Home? Jeez, I think I would have told the organisers to F**k off! Ive got this far, I aint stopping now baby!
Honestly. Did anyone just stop.? Cant believe it actually. If it's raining, put your waterproofs on. If it's cold, put an extra layer on and just keep going. Run faster if you're cold and wet and the finish is within reach. If my geography is anywhere near the mark, I dont remember the Thames Path being in a remote mountainous, or inaccessible wilderness area where people cannot be brought to civilisation and safety. Surely they could have ducked into a Starbucks to warm up?
Compulsary kit checks pre-race for every runner in a 100 miler, no matter where the race is!