Thames Meander 50M: 16 February 2008

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All runners

Pos arrow Name arrow Time arrow Cat arrow Club arrow Pace arrow
1 1 Ian Sharman 7:37:00 SM Serpentine 8:28
2 2 James Adams 8:59:00 SM Serpentine 9:59


The Thames Meander has been run since 1999, with the exception of 2007. It follows the Thames Path from Reading to Hampton Court for 54 miles and is designed specifically as a training run to simulate the 'long day' of the Marathon des Sables (MdS) multi-day ultra in Morocco. Therefore they try to mimic the conditions as much as possible, given the different climates and terrains between a muddy path in winter and the Sahara desert. This includes only having 1.5L water bottles at the checkpoints, roughly 10 miles apart. It involves some map reading and running over varied terrain, but the mud wasn't too bad compared to the previous weeks when much of the trail was under water.

Around 200-250 run each year and many of them are entered in the upcoming MdS race about 4-8 weeks later. Most runners also run with the backpack they'll use in the desert so that they can test their kit out in advance.

This year saw good performances from Serpies as well as the top 3 runners breaking the previous course record of 7h55m.

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