Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Thames Path 100

Saturday 3rd of March 2012 at 10am saw one of the first days of spring and the start of the first Thames Path 100 a 100 mile race following the Thames Path 100 from Richmond to Oxford . The registration on Saturday morning was relaxed pleasant affair and chance to catch up with lots of friends that I have run with in the past . Starting at 10am making good progress along the route , with pleasant scenery and completing the first 22 miles to checkpoint two , Wraysbury in two hours 52 .Continuing along the route to Windsor checkpoint 3 28 miles were I caught up with a lady on a bicycle who was marking the course , I don't think they thought we would be there so quick .After Windsor there was a tricky part of the course through the closed sections of the path around
lake home of the Olympic rowing events

then continuing along the path crossing a few bridges along the way through the towns of Cookham and Marlow to the fifty mile point at Henly I had a mental barrier of arriving at this point in daylight and was pleased to make it by 6pm in 8 hours .I took a few minuets at this checkpoint to eat some sandwiches and put on extra layer and head torch to continue on in the dark towards Oxford .

progress was good through the early part of the evening the trail was easier because it moved away from the river and became hilly , that broke the monotony of the flat sections . At midnight the weather started to change a little becoming colder with some rain still felt good and made good progress to Oxford the finish finishing in 19 hours 50 mins in 9th place .Was very pleased to receive my belt buckle from race director James Elson

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