Abingdon Marathon

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20/10/2012 at 18:33

Jogged up to Ascot Racecourse this afternoon to watch Frankel's last race. It was an amazing sight and atmosphere. The only downside is that I was early so jogged round the road inside the course a couple of times, which means I accidentally ran more than 5 miles. Should be ok though, as it was a really easy pace.

Not looking forward to a 6 am alarm in the morning. I shall relax with a couple of frames of snooker later on.

20/10/2012 at 20:32

Have a good one everyone. We'll all be superstars when we cross that line
21/10/2012 at 06:40

Setting off for Abo soon, good luck all.

21/10/2012 at 07:18
On Our way - mixture of dread and excitement ! Good luck everybody!
21/10/2012 at 14:51

Hi all, I hope everyone enjoyed the race and came away with a performance they are happy with.

I managed to run a big PB and finsh in 2:55:29 (on my watch), so very happy with the time. Also managed to run a neg split by 30s

As usual the the marathon is superbly organised and the marshals did an excellent job encouraging runners and calming the odd irrate motorist.

Time to open a beer!

21/10/2012 at 15:04
Good to run with you at Abingdon today really helped me keep up a good pace through the last quarter. I felt good at 23 so, as I said, intended to kick on from there and managed a strong finish. Hope it went well for you.

Biggles Forum lurker
21/10/2012 at 15:12

Well done to all the runners.  I was taking taking photos at 14.5miles  and the finish and the link to the Flickr page will be on the Abingdon Amblers web site at some point, but there are 100's to sort through

21/10/2012 at 15:20
Managed 4.09! Quite pleased as my first ever marathon, managed a sprint finish and legs felt good! Said never again at 8.45 this morning when
I felt sick with nerves but now I'm reconsidering!!

Hope everyone had a great run.

Thank you to all the amazing marshals - you were all fantastic and so encouraging! Particularly liked the marshall at 15 miles who called me "young" lady - little things please me now I've hit 40!!

Now for a long bath, glass of wine and Downton Abbey!
21/10/2012 at 15:33

I think I entered Abingdon earlier this year as a fail safe incase I didnt do what I wanted to do at London, then it became about getting a mate round in under three hours.

I didnt really get in to proper Marathon training mode for this one, struggled with motivation & my weight a little bit over the summer, I think only did about three 18 milers & one 20 miler a couple of Sundays ago, so it was the bare minimum or maybe even a little bit below that, I had a rough patch about 10 - 11 - 12 miles, but then seemed to be able to get my head down, I had just about enough, but didnt have any quality or conditioning in my legs, I was getting overtaken by allsorts throughout the race.


I think I what I can take away from today is that Marathon running is a humble mans / womens sport, you cant just blag it & turn up without putting the long hours in, also what I learnt from today is that running a sub three marathon is harder than I had previously thought, my plan was to run 2:55 & I think I ran 2:57 in the end, I wasnt particularly impressed with the course after reading / hearing good things about Abingdon, I'm not sure whether there was anything sensational about the race or anything, the course wasnt as fast or as good as I thought it would be, sure it was flat, but a lot of running on poor surfaces takes its toll, I'm not sure if I would do this one again, I guess today I can just put down as a hard training run & I didnt choke when at about mile 10 or 11 I wasnt really sure whether I fancied it or not.


As ever the volunteers & spectators are wonderful at these events, very helpful, completely non judgemental & equally supportive to every runner, Thank you to all of you, you are the people that help get the runners to the finish line.

21/10/2012 at 15:42

Biggles - I was in a fair bit of pain in lower abs & front of hips from 22, so I just couldn't keep pushing - tried to do a few bursts, but in the end lost a couple of minutes and came in at 3:30:54. Then it took me nearly half an hour to hobble back to the Fit to Run Car Park!

Still, I reckon we kept each other up to speed for a few miles - you certainly helped my pacing. While I was more than 7 minutes quicker last year, I don't feel I could have done any more today, so I'm fairly happy.

Perfect conditions and the usual great marshalling today. Well doe to SR3 for that result in your first marathon. More stories please!

21/10/2012 at 16:06
It definitely helps having someone keeping pace with you, I normally just run by myself so noticed the difference with a bit of chat and encouragement. The marshalling was brilliant, really helps.
My Garmin time was 3:28:47 but not sure how accurate that is.

Any idea when the results are on the website?

My only big complaint having really looked forward to a end go race shower the bloody things were sone cold!
21/10/2012 at 16:39
Well done on the PBs . I did 3.19 last week at Leicester which was a PB, my legs were still tired so quite pleased to knock out another 3.19

Last year I did 3.37. It seemed a lot more crowded in the 3.19 area especially on the first lap. I found the narrow bits annoying first time round when if was crowded. There was a really annoying man who obviously didn't like me being ahead of him. He would pass me then block me and slow down. Then I would pass him on a wider bit and he would do the same. He also kept gobbing so was well pissed off with him

Agree with a previous poster that although flat it is not as fast as billed as there were a lot of uneven surface to deal with and puddles/ mud to dodge as well as up and down curbs.

A brilliantly organised event though, great supportive marshals too. Nice t shirt at the end
21/10/2012 at 16:45

3:47:11 according to the sheets of paper stuck to the club house. It's a big PB because my last marathon was 14 years ago and was about 4:20, so it was always going to be the case today. Beat my challenge of (a) finishing and (b) under four hours, so delighted. Wasn't quite so delighted by a cold shower (but it was probably good for me), nor now by my aching calves (nothing else is really aching). Marshals and those who turned out to watch were excellent, I agree. I'm not a natural, and I think I'll give marathons a swerve for a while, but I wouldn't say I've ruled another one out, despite the hell that is miles 20-26. Well done to all you fast guys with great times and PBs, and anyone who finished in fact.

21/10/2012 at 17:50

I got round my first marathon unscathed and had a really enjoyable day. Did it in just over 5 hours (not sure exactly what, as I forgot to stop my watch) so not up there with the other times posted. Still, I'm pleased although I imagine at some point a little disappointment will arise for missing the 5-hour mark.

I can only echo what has already been said about the support. The people around towns and villages were great, whether standing specifically to watch, passing in cars or just passing in the street, but most importantly the Marshals were SUPERB. I don't know how a group of people can stand around for so long, some of them in quite isolated spots, and still have a massive genuine smile on their face as you pass and know exactly the right thing to say to cheer you on. I made a point of thanking as many as I could, even if they didn't cheer me. It's usually such a thankless task.

Brilliant BRILLIANT day. I'm so glad I did it and now have a month or two of 'running for fun' before training for #2 begins. And I have a chunky time to aim at.

Thanks to everyone who supported me on here, especially in the last few days of taperchondria and maranoia.

21/10/2012 at 18:24

Great to hear you enjoyed your run seesteverun. You never forget your first one! You are now part of minute proportion of the country that have completed a marathon. Well done!

21/10/2012 at 19:11
hellen wrote (see)
Agree with a previous poster that although flat it is not as fast as billed as there were a lot of uneven surface to deal with and puddles/ mud to dodge as well as up and down curbs.

I guess its tricky for the organisers to dry out all the puddles and mud after an inch of rain in the last few days....

21/10/2012 at 19:17

Massive Well done to everyone today. I just want to say a Massive Thank You to all those faster runners who lapped me at around 12.13 miles. I was in the CRAC vest. I just cant get over how encouraging people were and one comment had me in tears as it was so lovely. I managed to Finish in 5.40 as my friend nearly passed out as mile 23 so we walked the rest. I made some fab friends and I have to say the Marshall's were just fab,especially the Lady and the Guys who looked after my m8 and got us space blankets.

21/10/2012 at 19:26
Well done everyone, hope your having a nice cold one or glass of vino you deserve it

Any of you Abingdon old hands know when the results are normally on the website?
21/10/2012 at 19:27

I think I remember saying well done to you Eckytump as I ran past you on that path through the tree's about mile 13/22 you should be proud of yourself.

21/10/2012 at 19:30
Well done Seesteverun and Eckytump - we are now officially marathoners!
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