Kevin Payne

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Thames Path 100

Posted: Yesterday at 13:33

Does anyone know where we can get GPS route files ? - it helps me with pacing as much as route.  I found the last 15 miles on an old Centurion post, but can't see the rest of it - any help much appreciated !

Thames Path 100

Posted: Yesterday at 12:36

TR - you are insane... I thought a marathon on May 31st was bad enough !

I also had a disappointing recent marathon - 3.58, and I was struggling to get under the 4. Thats 16 minutes slower than the last time I did it 2 yrs ago, which isn't what I was hoping from the training plan but I'm going to hang on to the 24hr dream for now. Will recalibrate around 2 or 3am, when my mind will be telling me I need 72 hrs. I have real trouble with pace calculations when I get tired...

Stour Valley Path 100km ultra - SVP100

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:10

I ran the section between Bures and Stratford last weekend and its now almost amazingly dry, apart from one short section along the side of Stoke by Nayland golf course which must be slightly spring fed. The fallen trees have also been moved, so its now in pretty good shape apart from a badly broken footbridge about a mile after Bures, but its easy to see and skirt. Very noticeable that the Suffolk side has lots of new gates, stiles and signs whereas Essex is quite poorly maintained.

Thames Path 100

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:59

Thanks Dill & TR - sounds good. I don't conceptually think pacers fit with the challenge either, so happy to take my chances - especially as the time isn't really important, although I would be delighted if I can scrape under 24hrs.

Bit concerned that all the diversions on the Thames Trot will confuse me when I am at my most befuddled.... that was supposed to be a route recce but could now actually take me off course !

Thames Path 100

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 12:54

Pacers ?  What do people think ?  I'm inclined not to, but some people seem to view it as essential. Not been beyond 60 miles before, but I can imagine how grim it will get...

My 'stress fracture' still presumably isn't - hopefully just a stiff foot - and I need to get some work done on one hamstring too. Not much else I can really do at this stage !

No water, so race Cancelled but no refund?

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:43

Insurance would not have been the answer. If the contract required an initial payment for the water (as reported) and they didn't make it, then its highly likely that there would have been a provision in the contract letting insurers off the hook - as there should be, as they aren't there to act as fairy godmother to people who are incompetent.

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:12

I think 2wheels has hit the nail on the head. You wouldn't need cancellation insurance if it was the water suppliers fault - you would be suing them for a full recovery. The fact that hasn't been mentioned suggests the organisers screwed up. Its unlikely that the waiver runners signed exempted the organisers from their own negligence and therefore they are still on the hook, cancellation or not. They will have insurance for that, unless they are exceptionally stupid...

Thames Path 100

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 22:32
Road marathon tomorrow and 27m trail run next weekend. Funny feeling in my left foot so tomorrow will confirm whether its a stres fracture or not. Shouldn't be based on what I've been doing but it does feel uncomfortably familiar....

St Peter's Way Ultra

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:39

It was never close to being worth 2 points if you look at similar events, so I'm sure it was only a matter of time before they worked that out. Bit naughty of UTMB to do it after the event took place, but thats their fault, not Challenge. They didn't change last years yet and that still counts, so it looks like they try not to do things retrospectively.  If it gives you an excuse to do another event its a bonus - especially as you might now avoid that horrible mud.....

Thames Path 100

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 13:26

I'm Garmin-ng too. The old battery life question - I've got a 310XT, and it looks like the cheapest way of solving the problem is just to buy another 310XT. Used / refurbs go for about £100, and by the time I've used one up I will be mentally incapable of doing anything complicated so sticking to the same watch might be wise. I know it sounds a bit extravagant, but its cheaper than a brand new mega-battery life watch which I don't really want or need.

On that point, does anyone have a Garmin track of the actual non-flood route ? Running that as a course would put the watch in countdown mode, which would solve the problem of me trying to do the mental arithmetic of when I started the 2nd watch - I know how bad my fatigued brain gets, so thats the safest option for me.

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