Join Thames Path 100
The Thames Path 100 is a 100 mile continuous Trail Race along the Thames Path, from London to Oxford. The 100 mile course is a marked point to point race which takes runners from Richmond in South West London to the centre of Oxford. The course follows the meandering route of the Thames against it’s flow and is flat and fast with the majority on groomed paths/ trails and paved pathway. There are some truly stunning sections of the route showing off the best of English riverside scenery and life on the Thames.
The Thames Path 100 is designed with two major goals in mind: To give runners new to the 100 mile distance, the opportunity of completing 100 miles on foot where significant elevation changes and difficult navigation are removed as major obstacles and to offer runners the chance to race point to point over a flat and fast 100 miles, on trail.
The course follows the ALTERNATIVE Thames Path route, first crossing Walton Bridge and then meandering through through Lower Halliford & Shepperton as opposed to the southerly route which ends shortly afterwards at the ferry crossing.
Having crossed the bridge between Pangbourne and Whitchurch, runners will follow the Thames Path at first through the houses, before heading up Whitchurch High Street. Rather than continuing directly ahead, the course turns LEFT here, down Manor Road, around 300 metres before bending slightly left with the road. The aid station is in the village hall, a very short distance down the first right hand turn off of Manor Road.
The Thames Path emerges on to Clifton Hampden Bridge 85 miles in to the race. The Path then turns right to cross the bridge and makes a left to continue onwards on the right hand bank of the river. Instead of taking this left, runners, will turn right on to Clifton Hampden High Street, passing the school and church on the right and coming to a major traffic cross roads. Emerging at that crossing, runners will cross the busy Abingdon Road taking GREAT care and turn left to reach the aid station in the village hall. To get back on course runners will back track the way they have come before taking the right to continue up the right hand bank of the river.
Hotels abound in Richmond. Simply search in proximity to the starting postcode TW9 1TP. With the finish on the edge of Oxford City Centre there are lots of hotels within easy reach. Some more central options are the Royal Oxford Hotel, Central Backpackers, Oxford Malmaison, the YHA Oxford and the Westgate Hotel. Within walking distance (just a few hundred yards) of the finish line, are the following hotels and b&bs. The Falcon and Newton House look out over the finishing grounds. The Spires is a more comfortable hotel which can be accessed via a 500 metre walk back down the Thames Path.
On Site Parking, Toilets, Showers, Male and Female Changing, Free Hot Food and Drinks (Runners only and includes vegetarian option).
There will be a minimum of 14 aid stations along the course. Aid stations carry as a minimum: water, coke, chocolate, sweets, fruit, nuts, a limited number of Gu Energy gels, sandwiches and other sweet and savoury snacks. All of the aid stations from Hurley onwards will serve hot drinks. Some of the aid stations will have hot food.
100 mile Centurion Buckle & Race Shirt to all finishers. Runners finishing the course in under 24 hours will receive '100 miles - One Day' buckles commemorating their achievement. Runners finishing between 24 and 28 hours will receive '100 mile - Finisher' buckles. Trophies will be awarded to first place male and female.
Drop Bags must be deposited at the race start between 0715 and 0930 on race morning. Drop bags must NOT exceed 30cm x 20cm x 20cm in size ie. the size of a shoe box for any one aid station. They must be labelled with your name, aid station it is to go to and race number. Drop bags will be accessible at the following points and will be available for collection between 1000 and 1400 on Sunday, at the finish line: Mile 51: Henley, Mile 71: Streatley, Finish: Oxford
If arriving by car, the best place to park is at Richmond Station in the NCP, The Quadrant, Kew Road, TWP 1DN. The alternative is to park on Richmond Green in the metered spaces of which there are many just a short walk from the start area. Parking at the finish line is limited so please only bring one car per runner down to the ground and for collection only.
In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a 50 mile distance race within 15hrs, between 1st January 2014 and race day.
There is no official transport from the finish back to Richmond either before or after the race, due to public transport options being abundant and frequent.
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