My attempt was rather amateur in comparison but I certainly have learnt a lot from it. My blog is mainly to help remember things for a crack at 2019. If it helps, entertains, or amuses you too, that is bonus. It will be quite long and rambling in places - you have been warned.
The original plan for 2017 was to run the Thames Ring 250. I have moved up through the distances over the last few years and this seemed the logical next step. I ran a couple of mediocre half-marathons at university at the turn of the millenium and then had 10 years off before signing up to the London Triathlon Olympic distance in 2010. I finished this one and the 2011 Hever Castle Olympic despite riding a single speed bike.
In 2013 I finished the Hever Castle Half Ironman and also unoffically ran my first marathon* (a very long run home from work with stops at corner shops). I finished the Vanguard Way Ultra (about 30 miles) in October.
2014, I ran the North Downs Way 50 and finished Hever Castle Ironman. I called time on my triathlon career having finished an Ironman - I am a crap swimmer and don't have enough time to be a good cyclist. I ran a solo 50 mile training run in October in 8:16 which was 6 laps of a local route with my home being the "aid station".
2015 - Thames Path 100 and Autumn 100. First sub 24 and then sub 23 finishes
2016 - Centurion Grandslam (4 x 100 mile races in the space of 6 months - cumulative time of 95:45 for 11th out of 24 finishers / 55ish starters)
Not too bad a running CV. A total of 11 marathon or longer races including 6 100 mile finishes and a good base for an attempt at the Thames Ring 250. However I changed my 2017 plans when I saw this on the Cockbain events facebook page.