Abingdon Marathon 2013

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02/02/2013 at 08:48
What training plan are all of you going to follow? Or should I chill out and decide closer to the time? I think I might go down the P&D route.
02/02/2013 at 09:19

GIW I shall follow P&D , which I just happen to be following at the moment in prep for VLM

02/02/2013 at 11:07
I followed a p&d last time for abo and it got me an 8 minute pb, but training went perfectly not even a niggle of note. I'm currently nursing a sore calf which is not far off healing but I have invested in an online coach. A bit more variation in the runs, a drop in mileage but more quality so it'll be interesting to see if it pays dividends
02/02/2013 at 21:50

Really excited about running Abingdon marathon this year. Currently pregnant with first baby due end of April but still knocking out 50 miles a week! looking forward to training hard again and aiming for a 3.15 marathon time.

03/02/2013 at 01:07

I'm in.  No cc charge which was good news.


My 5th Abingdon and my brother's 18th!!  The location for both our PBs - his 3:35:15 (2003), mine 3:35:02  (2008).  Another duel this year likely.

03/02/2013 at 17:42

I'll be there, hoping that the extra pressure will at last bring me below 5 hours! Someone suggested that carrying less weight might help - I'm not convinced but I may give it go!

04/02/2013 at 11:05

I'm considering making Abingdon my first marathon, and with its flat course, hopefully a decent and respectable time! Must regsiter soon though if it sells out as quick as everyone says it does! Good luck everyone!!

04/02/2013 at 11:27
Three weeks last year apparently, you could always get rid if you decided nearer the time you didn't fancy it
05/02/2013 at 13:21

Told there are nearly 700 online entries already

05/02/2013 at 13:39

Wow, and the limit is only 1100 I think. Better get my entry in then! Thanks for the heads up MarkEMark!!

05/02/2013 at 19:59
Online entries have stopped does this mean its full already!!!
05/02/2013 at 20:05
I'm hoping not as I posted my application this evening. I read somewhere on the Run Britain site that online entries close once 500 entries have been reached, so I presume postal entries is the only way now.

I did email them this afternoon to check but haven't had a reply yet!!
05/02/2013 at 20:22

Blimey that was quick...good luck to anyone waiting for postal confirmation

06/02/2013 at 00:10

As the entries co-ordinator, i can confirm that there have been over 680 entries online and today (Tuesday) I received the first of the postal entries (about 50 of them) which were all sent 1st class on Friday.  Doesn't say much for much for our postal service.

Sorry for the delay in replying Jamie but I gor got home form the club committee meeting at 11pm!

Although there are 1100 places, I need to shut the online entry in case the online plus postal entry numbers go over 1100.  And since its taken 4 days for the 1st postal ones to arrive, and in that time nearly 65%  of the places have been taken online, the online entries needed closing soon.  It would be easier if all entries were either online or postal!

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 00:14
06/02/2013 at 09:12

I sent my entry in the post last night (1st class), so hopefully I'll be in. Just got to keep checking if the cheque gets banked I guess to know for sure.

I agree, it would be easier if all entries were submitted one way or the other, preferably online. Anyway, good luck to everyone who have entered and to those who are entering.

06/02/2013 at 15:58

Latest update from the website;

2013 Online Entries Now Closed!

Please note that online registration for the 2013 Abingdon Marathon is now closed.

The speed which the online places fill necessitates that a cap is placed on the online entries. Some places therefore still remain via postal entry route. Please get you entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

07/02/2013 at 14:20


Its as flat as a road race can be.  This is the Garmin profile for it:


 Its not as bad as it looks if you check the scale! There is a slight uphill in the 1st km and theat 10km and 24km.  You can see from the pattern that the lap starts at 10km and 24km.  Then there is a gentle climb back from the river to the finish over the last 4-5km, but only 15metres or so.  The "steepist" part is the slope out of the subway at 39km but its only 10m long or so.



07/02/2013 at 22:33
Cheers old Shadowfax, I gulped at first when I saw the graph!
I will be trying to get my 10k and half time down between now and summer then roll on for 16 weeks of full on marathon training. That reminds me to keep my long runs up, off to do 12 miles tomorrow which doesn't sound that much now....
08/02/2013 at 11:33

Has anyone sent in a postal entry? How and when do you know if you're in if you did? I sent mine on Tuesday and I've got no way of knowing if I'm in or not yet. The website is still showing that postal entries are being accepted, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

It doesn't help that the 'Check your details' page on the website that is supposed to list the entrants, is currently empty!

08/02/2013 at 13:08

Jamie- The web site says if your  cheque gets cashed then your in. The entries sold out quite quick online which should have been put on a spreadsheet now so hopefully in the next few days we should start seeing who is in. If postal entries are still open then that's a good sign, goodluck

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