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Thames Path 100 30/04/2016

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30/04/2016 Saturday

Up early got all my stuff together and took the district line to Richmond got everything set and met Sandy and Marie. It looked quite a nice day when we set off.we jogged along quite nicely for the first ten miles doing our 0.9 miles running followed by 0.1 miles walking. I gradually got Sandy to slow it down to 0.4 and 0.1. I was feeling OK but I was blowing my nose a lot it was obvious that I hadn’t quite shaken my cold. It was nice to get the first 50 miles done and be on familiar territory. We were I. No danger of getting lost at any point. Sandy started to limp a bit before 50 miles and I feared I would have to do half the race on my own. But luckily at the 51 mile checkpoint he did some stretches and seemed to be OK to continue. It was a long stop I put on thermals and my very tight kayak top basically as much kit as I could get under my waterproof jacket. This left me warm but my skin was damp so not ideal. We pushed on further and sandy started to limp again. This time it was due to a blister but he sat down in the middle of a field and sorted it out. And again we carried on but our speed was slowing even on the run sections going down hill it was hard to manage 3 miles an hour. We met some interesting characters on the way, one chap was going to run the Atlantic later in the year and was met by his mate who had run from the finish but was now knackered. We got to the 71 mile point and streatley village hall but we decided to call it quits there. I couldn’t face my milkshakes and so was gradually running out of energy so I was worried that the temperature would get me. There were already a couple of folks close to hyperthermia in the hall and even sandy was wearing all his kit. At times we had run through mist coming off the Thames which had made it difficult to see. We had to rest and Sandy slept for quite a while and then we got a lift to Oxford in the mini bus and we got our kit and sandy had a shower and lots of food. We taxied to Oxford station and made it back to London ok. I killed most of the afternoon. But wasn’t to bad.