Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:55
Tiago. Well done on your finish. Sorry we didn't meet, I tried to catch up with everyone at the start, missed you again though. Glad it wasn't just me who struggled with the rut, it was totally throwing my body out of line and causing so much pain. My time is not really relevant to me, it was all about the performance. If I felt I had done my best and my body at performed at its best I would have been happy with any time. If that makes sense?
Kevin. Well done to you too. Looks like we all suffered. My blisters have all been lanced and are drying up nicely now. It's easy to say now but I don't think i'll run the TP again. It's my 3rd running of it and conditions could not have been more perfect. I just didn't like the second half at all, there really are very few plus points.
Booktrunk. I do try and hold back before criticising someone's product but these shoes are not suited for multi terrain. They have their place, it's just not on UK trails or my feet.
T. Really glad to hear you are ok. That sounds horrible. You wasn't the only one who ended up in A+E. Looking at FB there was a lot casualties, just goes to show how ever experienced you are it can still catch you out.
Someone asked earlier about the drop out rate and I think that is very much to do with the inexperience of the field. We all started somewhere and many see this as an "easy" 100, it is even promoted as so. Thing is there is no easy 100 and I would personally recommend the SDW over this as a suitable first 100. Being flat doesn't help because people don't enforce walking breaks as you would on a hillier course. Unless you are a really good athlete, you need walking breaks from a early stage or it will go tits up. Also the night was as hard as 100's get, Bleak, featureless, cold and an uneven trail. Very hard conditions. Mentally and physically.