Abingdon Marathon

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17/10/2012 at 11:17

MarkEMark - Company and chivvying sounds great. I'm probably going to need both.

At the moment, I feel like I'm coming down with something and am doing all I can to fight it off. Ibuprofen and multivitamins abound in plenty, but the symptoms keep building up. I'm going to be gutted if I get this close and don't make it. Fingers crossed it's just taper madness.

17/10/2012 at 11:18

mark -

we  jumped in one of the buses last year after my prostate  gave me severe discomfort 

17/10/2012 at 11:39
Chillies im a big fan of the apples too maybe thats where we're going wrong
8 steady this morning with 2 1/2 miles @ MP in various stages (the only flat bits I could find!) felt ok the MP slots where 6:29, 3:14 and 6:27 feels like I'm working at this pace so we'll have a tou day at the office I'm guessing but I'm going to stick to my plan and hope the three days pure rest and carb loading plus adrenaline of race day along with some company (hopefully) en route. There is always the added pressure when you have family coming to watch so in the famous words "what can go wrong )
Six very easy in the morning followed by a massage then that's it job done. I'm actually looking forward to carb loading as I'm a bit of a breadoholic, I'm going to try and keep the calorie intake steady just up the carbs.
17/10/2012 at 11:40

Seesteverun we will be fine and get each other through it. I just hope you are feeling up to it on the day. It would be awful to get so close.

No loo's.............................I cant go behind a bush.

17/10/2012 at 12:01
Ecky if its good enough for Paula it's good enough for Ecky
Does anyone know how much of the course goes through the town centre or by some coffee shops, maybe in a nearby village? My wife and son don't have a great attention span when it comes to watching me at races lol
17/10/2012 at 12:04


i was thinking very same thing


why dont ure family join fetchpoint in the industrial estste

it would be great for them and saafe off main road

17/10/2012 at 12:10

course goes through toewn centre on way out around 5 miles, passing briefly though it on outskitrs on weay to river

returns pass town at approx 23 miles

17/10/2012 at 12:14
I was looking at that part but we only seem to pass it once a bit further on say round about 6 miles, we pass twice is there much around there? Maybe even further on in one of the surrounding villages. Either way they will want a place where they can get back to the finish sharpish so it would have be to be the right side of the road to get back if you get what I'm saying
17/10/2012 at 12:15

Seesteverun - get popping the Berocca.....great stuff it is and good luck.

17/10/2012 at 12:17

6 miles were we trun right away from river

thats were the loop is - thern u come around again at 17 MIles ? and go round again

at that point as u start second lap they could start to head back - coffe shops would be 3/4 mile along in town  

17/10/2012 at 12:18


little too mu knowlegde iin the two villages

17/10/2012 at 12:21
Yes mick I was just looking at that position, they could walk along the river to the split point and not be too far from amenities so see the start, get down there for the first and second loop then back to the track to the finish.............sorted, thanks for your help
17/10/2012 at 12:37

Hope they have a good day - and u a good run

17/10/2012 at 12:54

Thanks Possum hopper. I'll give Berocca a try. I guess that should be instead of the MV I'm already taking, not as well as?

17/10/2012 at 14:01

Looks like I will just have to grin and bear it. I do hope the bushes aren't too prickly.

My kids refuse to come and see me run as I will be ages  so I'm leaving them with my Mum and Dad.

17/10/2012 at 14:46

I'm jumping back on here.... OMG 4 days and counting.

The course is looking good, the signs are going up and the weather is reasonable, sunny but windy. No major route concerns apart from Sutton Courtney (Coming out of Milton Park (Industrial estate)) the village has gas main road works down the middle of the road with temporary traffic lights (Well last week it did)

As always there will be plenty of support around the town and Milton Park with Fetch's water station about 11 and 20, which is awesome.Stadium finish is great....if it goes to plan... unlike my legs collapsing with just 20 yards to go last year. Managed to get back up with the help of marshalls and medics (They are all fab) to still finish in 3.27 (Demons need to be put to bed this year on that one). Lucozade sport is normally about 14 miles and 23 miles (Think there was mars bars last year !!)

And remember to thank a Marshall/ Medic along the way, as without them we all wouldn't be able to run this crazy race safely !!

187       MG15                Black vest,shorts and socks          2:50
844       TickTock           Orange vest/grey shorts                2:57
???        Postie                Navy vest, blue/grey shorts         3:00
141       Chillies FB         Red/Black vest                           3:30
810       Joe Peacook      white & blue caerleon vest          3:58
107       SR3                   yellow stragglers vest                 3:58
389       EckyThump        CRAC vest                                  4:30
294       WarrenK78       Black vest yellow/red hoops        2:59
359       Aching Calves   Red Braintree AC vest,Black shorts 3.20
994       Dart More          White/purple/blue Erme Valley vest 2.50
306       Possum              Orange cap/black beanie?          3:59
846       Barry B              White vest, black shorts              3:15
462       MeeMeep          wargrave top/vest                    

17/10/2012 at 16:45

Shadwell - welcome back, hope the race goes better for you this year. With the race signs going up, we must be getting close to race day now

Micknphil - the best summary of how to approach a marathon I have ever heard. Wish I heard this when I ran my first marathon.

seesteverun - hope everything clears for you. Its all our worse nightmares coming down with something just before race day.

Was raining here this morning, so an easy 45 mins on the treadmill. Fingers crossed, the blocked up nose I had on Sunday has not developed into anything further. Club night tomorrow, which will be an easy 5 with 5 x 50m strides, then just a very slow 2 on Saturday and I am done.

17/10/2012 at 20:25

A very gentle 3 miles just now - sweating buckets cos I wore cap & waterproof - it didn't rain but 10 minutes earlier it was lashing down - even throwing in a couple of bursts of thunder & lightning.

Here's a game to play - it's called Taper Pains, in which you list the ache that is threatening to stop you running on Sunday, and how long it lasts. So. during 3 miles this evening I had:

Right patella pain                       duration approx 5 seconds

Sharp pain at top of glutes         less than 10 seconds

Tightness in chest                      possibly 1 minute, until I forgot about it


Edited: 17/10/2012 at 20:27
Blisters    pirate
17/10/2012 at 21:34

Ha Ha Tapir Madness strikes with a vengeance!

I'm just appearing here to wish good luck and best wishes to all those running on Sunday. This is one of the best marathon races in the country, and certainly has a great atmosphere to it. If anybody sees Plodding Hippo give her a bit hug and say that Blisters says Hi. If everybody does that it would be quite amusing.

TickTock, Warren and Postie, I'm expecting all three of you to PB at this one, with 2:55 being the true target. Some sprint finishes will be expected.


17/10/2012 at 21:37

Hello Daddy Blisters

my old buddy

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