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Thames Trot Ultra

27-Oct-2018 Iffley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK (England)

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 400 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £53

The UK's classic tough 50 mile ultra.

October 2018 sees the race in its new position in the calendar as a great end to the season. This is the 11th running of this fabulous race and is one not to be missed!

A tranquil run along the Thames from Oxford to Henley, often through thick mud. Ever changing scenery on the river and Red Kites frequently seen soaring overhead. One of the best way marked routes we have come across.

This is great race to prepare for even bigger challenges, using the banks and towpaths of England's largest river as well as footpaths and bridleways we have created an Ultra distance course that will always keep you interested.

Well stocked feed stations and enthusiastic support complete what promises to be a great day out.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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Burgessking1

09:34 11-06-18

Ran this in Feb and it was brutal underfoot due to the rain. Deep claw trails needed. The support, marshals and the organisation was fabulous however. It’s the first time someone has taken my bottles and filled them for me whilst I grabbed a quick reload on food. Would definitely recommend

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philbranigan

02:46 01-05-17

Despite yet another DNF for me (pulled out with a twitchy hamstring just before Goring) this event gets better and better. The support you get on the run is excellent, plenty of food and drink so no need to load up like a camel, help when you need it (like I did) and really good organisation. I will be back to have yet another go one day.

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kerrysutton

03:02 08-03-17

Great event. Ticked all the boxes in terns of organisation, well stoked aid stations, clear route markings. Great season opener for me. Crazy weather but thats no ones fault and just adds to the fun;) Would do it again.

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Bumblespider

06:06 15-02-17

Good organisation although some of the cut off times didn't seem that well spaced out or maybe that was just me! It's a good one for navigation as you stick close to the Thames although sometimes not as obvious as you'd think so watch it. The second half I found better as there was more track, the first being a bit of a mud bath and you're always cautious of your footing. Thankfully the weather was glorious, in the driving rain it would me a mare but then again what wouldn't ? Good cake and gel supplies and they help you fill your bottles which is always gratefully received when you're knackered. A bit more savoury / salty food would have been nice.

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dubairunner

06:34 03-01-17

The 2016 edition was my first ultramarathon. Conditions were pretty poor underfoot for the first 10 miles (thick, ankle-twisting mud) but my memories of the day are of seeing the km click by on the watch and thinking 'am I really doing this'. The grey clouds, headwinds, rolling swell on the thames, wide open spaces and often being alone added up to quite a zen experience. I got hauled off the course after missing the last checkpoint cut off by 3 minutes. The lack of flexibility at this point was disappointing considering the conditions we'd run in. One disappointment is the fact that the organisers couldn't be arsed producing a final results list - so people who quite after 10km appeared before those who were stopped at the final checkpoint. That's kind of slack.

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philbranigan

11:51 10-11-16

This was my first ever ultra event in 2012 and my first DNF. What I remember about the day is that the temperature didn't seem to get above freezing and once I got to Reading I had to stop because of the snow as I had got too cold. It's an excellent route with brilliant support and I am booked to have another go in 2017.

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akgunozsoy

08:08 29-02-16

ThamesTrot was my 3rd ultra and I was thinking this "flat" race as a training for my first 100 mile (Autumn100) But conditions were really tough. Most of the course was mud and this was sometimes harder than sharp hills. Conditions got harder and harder after 20 mile. Rain and wind made it tough for all runners I think. I finished just 11 minutes before cut-off but very proud of myself at the end. It was a great race and very good experience.

Race HQ and organisation was excellent. CPs were good and well placed. I can't eat much during the ultra races and the best drink for my stomach is coke (Never drink coke normally) I think if organization puts fizzy drinks to the last CPs it would be nice. Hope to be running this race in future again

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786SAW

02:27 23-02-16

Thames Trot was my first ultra 3 years ago when the course was flooded and we had to run a different route. I enjoyed it then and looked forward to coming back in 2016 and running the 'proper' course. What I wasn't prepared for was the mud ! I have never experienced mud like it and I will remember this race as one of the most difficult ones I'e done - purely because of the conditions (and wrong choice of shoes!). But this does not take anything away from the sterling work that the RD, marshalls and helpers did on the day. The organisation was first class, the race HQ venue was excellent, the fruit cake was to die for and the hot chocolate at the end was perfect! Beyond Ultra are a great bunch of people who organise great races (and I've done a few of them). The Thames Trot is the perfect race for those wanting to step up to the Ultra distance. Just make sure you avoid the mud !

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sue-vh

01:32 23-02-16

My 4th Thames Trot - and by far the toughest (and slowest) this year - with the wind and mud, but then everyone is in the same boat, and it is winter, so no real surprises there!
As always - the support from the Go Beyond Ultra team is faultless - great high viz wind/rain jacket, well stocked feed stations, lovely friendly marshals, the route is well marked and scenic (although I spent more time watching where to put my feet in the mud than appreciating the waves whipped up on the Thames).
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for first ultra, or just a nice day out in the country side :-)

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Beardyjohn

12:48 23-02-16

Ran this event this year (2016) as part of my training for the Thames path 100 miler 2 months after and was recommended this event by a friend as it uses the second half of the 100 albeit in reverse and it would also be my first long distance point to point race

It was a very well organised event with a really nice hotel as race hq
The route itself was picturesque along the thames but because of the couple of weeks solid rain preceeding the race the course was 80% sloppy mud which made very tough going
The aid stations stocked exactly what was stated beforehand on the website which was gels,fruitcake and water/squash and at later aid stations some savoury bits. I don't touch gels as my stomach can't handle them but the fruitcake was absolutely amazing!
The guys and gals at every aid station were beyond friendly and really helpful the route is fairly straightforward as you just follow the thames path signs so you really can't go wrong
And at the finish a choice of tea coffee or hot chocolate,just what's needed after a freezing 47ish miles
The only down point which I'm scraping around to find is that it's not a full 50 miles but that's really just nit picking

It was almost a perfect event and I had the time of my life I will definitely be back in the future for the Thames trot and will definitely recommend it

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