Thames Trot is a 47 mile point to point Ultra Marathon starting at the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley and finishing at the Mill Meadows Park in Henley on Thames. The route is a mix of country trails, riverside paths and roads predominately following the Thames Path and the Ridgeway National Trails
The race will gain you 3 UTMB qualifying points.
The route is 40.4 miles of cross country trails and riverside paths and 6.6 miles of roads .
Elevation is +947 ft and -1053 ft.
The course follows a waymarked route but requires some navigation. We provide a map book and various resources to keep you on track. The course is covered by OS Maps 180, 170 and 171
CHECKPOINTS AND AID STATIONS
There are 5 check points, each will have water, and a selection of supplementary energy gels, and snacks, (currently we are not permitted to have loose food due to COVID19). A drink will be available for all athletes at the finish. Details of the locations can be found here:
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors. All finishers will receive a medal and T-shirt.
registration and start time
Registration is open from 7am where you will collect your race number and map book. You will need to confirm your mobile phone number and be subjected to random kit checks. The race starts at 8.30am
Due to the strenuous physical demands of running 48 miles in one day Thames Trot is restricted to competitors over 18 years of age only.
We will transfer a single competitor bag to the finish, so you have warm, dry clothes waiting for you . Your bag should be no larger than a UK airport carry-on bag size (56 x 45 x 25 cm).
TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION
For anyone wanting to stay overnight in Iffley either before or after the event there is Airbnb, the Hawkwell House Hotel or various other hotels close to the start.
Arrival by car – There is limited parking in Iffley, if you are driving to the start you will be directed to street parking areas in the vicinity. Please allow adequate time to park and register.
Travelling by train: For anyone travelling by train there is a courtesy shuttle bus from Oxford train station which is usually very popular, please let us know your rail travel arrangements to help us plan. Runners can park in the station car park provided they buy the return train ticket from the ticket office on the morning of the race.
Stay on track during the Thames Trot Ultra. The Geo Tracks GPS Tracker is lightweight and easily fits in a small pocket in your rucksack. Let family and friends track your progress in real-time and use the Geo Tracks app combined with the tracker as an accurate tool for navigation during the event. The GPS Tracking units upload their position every 10 seconds to the live view tracking map and are accurate to 5 metres. Batteries last for 70 hours . Pre-order your GPS tracker and collect at the event registration and drop off at the finish. To find out more and book your tracker please visit the Geo Tracks website.
The course record (2020 new route) male – Tom Ridsdale 06:11:02 and the female record Laura Swanton-Rouvelin 06:59:03
The cutoff time for the race is 11 hours. We have progressive cut off times from Checkpoint 3 onwards, details can be found on the Checkpoint information sheet.
Trail shoes are advised, if you have support or are happy to carry them then road shoes are ideal . There are sections of trail which can become very muddy in wet conditions. It is essential to carry the items below. There will be random kit checks prior to the race . Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.
- Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Director and Assistant Race Director (shown on your map book given at registration)
- Map Book (provided)
- Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre.
- Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
- Waterproof Jacket
- Headtorch or Body Torch
- Spare batteries
- Hat and Gloves
- Long sleeved base layer or fleece top
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