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What got you into this ??

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 14:26

Received my usual didn't qualify for the London Marathon magazine (2010) and just couldn't face another run around Stratford upon Avon, would of been my 5th in a row.

Spent the Saturday morning reading the forum on RW when I came across the thread about ultras..............................long story short (just read Born to Run as well)

Totally caught my imagination looked up ultra races and found the Cardiff Ultra 2011 and entered......................As they say the rest is history and next weekend I'm doing my third Cardiff in a row!!

Ultra Running Shoes

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 12:19

Just bought a pair of NB 330's cheap from SD........................Has any one used these for ultras looking to using them for the Cardiff ultra.

Been for a couple of runs in them and they seem great !!

Thames Path 100

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 22:12

Hi just read a really interesting artical in irunfar.com


why we DNF ed by Geoff Roes. He summed up my idea why I DNF for the first time at this years TP100. I went into the race on the back of a mentally exhausting term at work. (I'm a teacher working with KS4 students 14-16 year old's who have emotional and behavioural issues)

I had a lot of negative toughts prior to the race mainly focusing on the last 13 miles from last years race, which I did gut out (but I always knew I would finish bar injury.) When I almost went in the Thames at mile 43 this was the spark that set off all the negativity I had combined with the mud around Dorney it resulted in the DNF.

Confidence and self belief count for everything for me as long as your not seriously injured. This for me was key. The head went!!

In conclusion I'm not happy but understand better why it happened..............We live to fight/run another day......................Bring it on and a massive well done to all of you who did finish !!


Thames Path 100

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 21:53
Hello Hill header hope your year is going well !! I think I'm going to give this one a miss next year with the view of entering the SDW100. Two years of mud have done me in ha. . . . .
Running on the Saturday of last year was truly great all round the Sunday was a slog as was this years TP.
Great race and orgainsiation but not Kean on the weather

Thames Path 100

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 17:18
Personel when I read your comment I was eating at the time you made me choke on my food with laughter . . .

Green Man Ultra...

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 21:21
Have just entered this one for next year. . . Early bird entrance fee as well. . . Great stuff! !
I missed out this year due to injury so looking forward to this

Thames Path 100

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 17:55
The cardiff ultra for me in may

Thames Path 100

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:52
Dill that made me laff . . . . . Wish I had seen it in the light !!

Thames Path 100

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:32
Great news Keith well chuffed for you . . . You really looked strong and positive. I thrive on that stuff and kept my spirits up all the way back to Brunel's pioneering railway bridge. Like I I wrote earlier I tried to throw myself into the river shortly after that. Totally blew my brains coupled with the prolonged mud I just couldn't face
any more.

Any how feeling really positive about the the whole trip and thinking about the next 100 miler ha ha

MAGIC and a massive well done !!

Thames Path 100

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 08:45

Morning what to say except this years TP was a continuation from last years TP. Went into this race with the goal of breaking sub 24, very doable in conditions from the Saturday of last year. This year was at times and for long stetches a mud bath.

Up until Cookham my plan was going well tho revised finish at all cost!! Run 25 walk 5 and try to average around the 12 min mark. I have been training to keep this up throughout the race. I had figured this one (finish at all costs) out pretty quickly when I saw horizontal snow at 7 in the morning whilst eating my breakfast at the Premier Inn. Sub 24 would of been a bonus.

Well left Cookham got into Maidenhead and turned on my head torch, crossed the bridge and made a couple of phone calls, this was during my 5 min walking break. All good so far. Then at mile 43 whilst trying to skip around another puddle I lost my footing and unintentionally decided to try and throw myself into the river. That one was to close and literally threw me. I can now totally agree about this 90% in the head stuff, physically I was tired but ok, mentally I was shoot.

From then on in around Dorney Lake as for everyone all I did was skid, slip and shuffle where I could. This broke me after last years last 13 miles. I just couldn't face another 50 miles of that.

So the end product is my first DNF, but I can take a whole load of positives from this experience, my equipment was spot on felt like toast, minor blisters but ok, 25 5 really does work for me over the longer distances. My body is physically stronger. Remember my first 50 in 2011 and not being able to move bar hobble for the next week. Going for a 6 mile slowish jog later today!! 

Want to thank the organisers and marshall the very best for giving us the opportunity of running 100 plus miles, the weather is what it is. To all the people who set out DNF ed well done. To the runners who got to the end of this race you are worthy centurions.....................Excellent (next year going to look at doing a summer away from the river 100 miler)


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