Hi all, I'm in for this one too. Can't wait. Won't be my first ultra, but as mentioned I reckon the biggest variable will be the weather / conditions underfoot. I think it'd be a tough first ultra, purely because 50 miles is a long way whichever way you cut it. Having said that, there's definitely no reason you couldn't do a 30 miler in October / November and feel good on the start line of the Thames Trot. I personally wouldn't do any further than a 50k / 30 miler in prep to this.
I'm signed up to this too. Can't wait - it looks beautiful doesn't it. I see Mimi has already offered her email, and she's a CONSIDERABLY better source of information than myself, but feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com if you like.
Go for it Mike, what's the worst that could happen? In line with Lirish, I'd work towards upping your weekly mileage to something like 50mpw. But do it gradually. You're better off feeling a little undertrained than injuring yourself and not being able to do even one 1/2 marathon. It will be a tough challenge, but if time is no problem, there should be no reason you cant walk them in less than 4 hours if it gets bad.
Give it a crack, you have nothing to lose. Making sensible decisions isn't the way you achieve greatness - go for it!
I too had a great weekend. Sadly didn't meet many of you, just Loula and Ultrarocker - great to finally meet you both! Congratulatiosn to everyone who battled through it. Certainly day 2 was pretty minging and the conditions underfoot pretty tough going.
I struggled quite a bit on Sunday while trying to get a mix of runnign fast enough to get it over and done with, whilst trying not to put myself through too much pain!
Feel pretty grand this morning and have some blisters and black toe nails, but nothnig out of the ordinary and I don't think anything is going to fall off. Looking forward to a couple of weeks doing as little as possible while easting as much as possible.
Hope to keep the runnign love alive and to see some of you soon! I know Lou and UR are heading to the Thames Trot in Feb - anyone else game?