Race Result

Event name Thames Trot Ultra
Date 2015-02-07   09:00
Venue Oxford to Henley
Race type MT
Distance 50 miles
Terrain undulating
Conditions Cold
Number of finishers 259
URI for results http://gobeyondultra.co.uk/events/thames_trot_ultra_2015info
Race summary Well done John, please read below John's comments. The course was predominately trail paths through beautiful picturesque countryside following the River Thames back towards London. The weather was perfect for running unlike the underfoot conditions. The race started at 0830 on a dry but chilly winter morning with the ground being frozen until late morning. As the day warmed up the ground froze and became very slippery and muddy underfoot making it very difficult to get any grip in order to run. The change in conditions meant that many of the runners were reduced to walking large sections of the route in order to avoid slipping over. Due to the difficult underfoot conditions it took me longer than I had hoped to reach the last check point. On leaving check point 5 it was getting dark and I like many others had to run with a head torch. Only 10k to go from this point and I was wrong to think it would get easier. The last 10k was along a narrow winding trail from Sonning to the finish at Henley. This trail was not only narrow but on your left was a fence keeping you off the farmers fields, to the right was a continual row of trees close to the waters edge. Due to the recent rainfall and the river having flooded the pathway in recent weeks the trail was not only slippery but was heavily rutted making it impossible to see a smooth pathway in which to run due to time of day and there being no daylight left. For safety reasons many competitors chose to walk this pathway and only managed to run the last 3k of the course. There were 259 finishers out of a total of 320 starters, some of which withdrew before check point 1 at 10 miles. My finishing time was 10 hours 29 minutes 31 seconds and I finished 201st overall and 23rd Vet 50.
Pos Name Cat Time Notes
201 John Cooper VM55 10:29:31