We've had lots of requests for this one folks - so here it is - The Thames Path Potter weekender.
On Saturday 10th June 2017 (and again on Sunday 11th for that matter) we're inviting you to join us for a magical potter along our favourite section of the Thames Path. We think it will be absolutely wizard if you can join us and as ever fancy dress is actively encouraged..... !
So dig out your robes, hats and magic wands and come for a potter with us!
[The medal design is complete - but for now we're keeping it under our cloak]
You can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like of a 3.28 mile, out and back, course along the beautiful river Thames. Complete one lap and you qualify for the very, very special bespoke finishers' medal, or keep going and see how far you can get in the full 6 hours.
Rest assured - we've gone totally nuts on the medal which is packed with mystical detail and magical delight and the medal colours will be different for each day
Places will be strictly limited so don't leave it too late to enter.
This event is fully sanctioned by the 100 Marathon Club and for competitors completing 8 laps or more (26.2 miles+) this will count towards your numbers.
The overall course has no elevation gain / loss making this a flat and fast route.
Registration opens from 8.00am
Having done this race in 2017 I was keen to get another Hogwarts medal! I arrived late, but registration stay put for a while after the race brief to pick up the stragglers. Dropped my drink/food/drop bag down at the tuck shop. There's a tent to put your gear and space on the refreshment table for your own drinks/snacks, which I think is really good. It was really hot, so I appreciated having a squash option instead of water, at some point. I tested the RDs first aid skills, as I took a tumble on the first lap and managed to bleed on my daughter's Slytherin robe (and yes, it WAS hot running in that robe/shirt/tie!). I got hugs and sympathy and was sent on my way again, with a handfull of jelly babies and a bottle of water. These races are fun and friendly, the timed events are great for everyone, as you can do as many or as few laps as you please, at a pace that suits you. Everyone gets the same cheering and the same medal, and, as Rik says, "we're all winners". Thoroughly recommend Phoenix races. Oh, did I mention there is a pub right by the start/finish, perfect for a recovery drink and some post race fuelling.
Posted on 17.06.18
Definitely one of, if not the most, friendly and supportive event I've done. I managed five laps in the heat of what is just over 5km loop "out and back" along the river.
It is along the Thames in Walton so very scenic and the "out and back" approach allows friends and supporters multiple opportunities to see you, as well as runners encouraging each other as you keep passing.
Access to drink station (with sweets) at the start/finish was good, if a little awkward to re-fuel without losing momentum. Otherwise really great event with a superb medal!
Posted on 11.06.18
The Thames Path Potter allows you to run any distance from 5k to ultra by doing 3.4 miles laps up and down a path along the Thames. The parking was free and plentiful, the race team were lovely and welcoming. The support from other racers was fantastic with everyone offering words of encouragement as they passed on their way out or back. The food station was superb with lots of sweets, chocolate and as much water as I could drink (which was a 700ml bottle per lap as it was a really hot day). I completed my 8 laps for marathon distance and rang the bell to say I had finished my laps for the day. I'd highly recommend this event to anyone wanting to challenge themselves, or just have a lovely run along the river. The medals are amazing too! One bonus was we saw the queens barge, the Gloriana and it's a stunning floating piece of art.
I’ll be back doing a Phoenix even again very soon.
Posted on 11.06.18
it was a hot hot day but this was a race i really enjoyed.
registration held in the leisure centre so good opportunity for snacks and loo breaks as required. There was a race briefing, missed the first part, then we were walked down to the start. All very relaxed.
the course is out and back, x however many you want to do ! sounds dull? it really wasnt ! 3 of us did this one together (1 sat a lap out) and we did mara distance (well it was more than that but thats fine).
the route takes you all along the river path, past locks and it's lovely. Totally flat, path was very slightly rocky in paets and some tree roots to watch for but otherwise very easy.
doing laps did help to break it up into managable chunks and you had a good idea of how far you'd gone and how much was left.
I thought id be bored by that but i wasnt (or maybe it was the company!)
the race organisers are lovely people and looked after everyone well
good sweets at the start point - maybe wouldve liked some flat coke especially as it was a really hot day but water/squash was fine
the walk back to the leisure centre felt like an age especially as the medal is ENORMOUS and weighs a tonne !
i also really liked the fact you would do as much or as little as you wanted, I hadnt planned on doing a full but decided to crack on !!
Posted on 11.06.18