Abingdon Marathon

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14/02/2012 at 23:44
I agree with Chalgrove Chubster- its a great race with fantastic organisation and dead flat.  But I understand that there won't be an official waiting list this year so even more reason to get your entry in ASAP.  Only 160 places left....I'll be marshalling it this year too.
18/02/2012 at 14:22
Looks like it's full already. Agree with everyone above - it's my favourite marathon (and not just cos it's local!) The supporters are amazing,the course is fast and attractive, the organisation flawless and the T-shirts are fab. What more could you want? See you all there!
18/02/2012 at 19:42
Possibly not quite full.  I think 1100 numbers are given out, with the presumption that several hundred don't turn up for it.  The website said 1031 places had gone by 16/2, although allowing for the delay in postal entries, it may well be up to 1100 now!
19/02/2012 at 07:48
Online now says "full"! WOW!
19/02/2012 at 09:24
Gutted to miss out, after running a PB here three years ago and just getting back on my feet following injury. If there is an unofficial waiting list this year- can I put my name on it. Thanks Jonathan
20/02/2012 at 22:20
Yes there is an official waiting list this year again. Check out the website
20/02/2012 at 22:40
I'm in. Will be my first marathon GULP!
21/02/2012 at 20:40
Well - you'll be able to train over the summer, which is a big plus!
So where do you think you'll be marshalling, Old Shadowfax? Mile 3 is in the middle of the Radley Lakes cyclepath, I would have thought there would be marshalls either a bit before (where it turns off from Thrupp Lane) or a bit after (at the bend, or where it comes out on Barton Lane later on). But I guess there is no limit to the extent that confused runners can disappear off into the countryside...
27/02/2012 at 17:23
two back to back 16 milers on the last two days in prep for my spring marathon have me excited I am on track and I am looking forward to try and PB in this one.....
27/02/2012 at 17:30
LordWotsit wrote (see)
I'm in. Will be my first marathon GULP!


good one to pick for a first as it nice n flat LW ...i should have run this as my first mara but im too impatient !

AGF wrote (see)
two back to back 16 milers on the last two days in prep for my spring marathon have me excited I am on track and I am looking forward to try and PB in this one.....


im begining B2Bs too AGF...theres going to be a heck of a lot of early mornings for me over summer

29/02/2012 at 18:33

Fido- in previous years I've marshalled at the eastern end of the Sustrans path which means i can whizz off on my bike to Preston road and see the runners come through on the 1st lap and then whizz back to TP to see the finish.  I did once marshal on the High street opposite the old post office.  just tooo scary to do it again!

I have suggested to our parkrun obergruppenfuhrer that perhaps the Abingdon parkrun might like to man one of the drinks stations.  We could put up the banner and so promote parkrun at the same time.  

02/03/2012 at 22:10
Evening all - I keep having a look in! Gutted I won't be doing it but get London done this year and may be back next year! For a PB! Hope everyones training is going well.
20/03/2012 at 00:28
It's all gone a bit quiet in here... cobwebs everywhere...

Very bad news for me unfortunately. I have now not been able to run since last November and after a couple of MRI scans my Orthopaedic doctor has very strongly advised me to retire from running (and squash, and all sports that could involve impact or shearing movements to my legs) to try to avoid imminent knee surgery.

I will be taking his advice and hanging up my shoes... for good.

Will be forever gutted that I was unable to break the magical 4 hour mark by only a couple of minutes but have really enjoyed the challenge.

Would like to say au revior but sadly it's good-bye.

Peter
20/03/2012 at 08:06
Sorry to hear that S.u.l.
When I see the kayakers and rowers and scuba divers and cyclists out I'll think of you.
20/03/2012 at 10:29
Best wishes scudulike. I followed your progress in Berlin and Abingdon last year. You gave it your best shot and can be proud.

Have fun on your new adventures...be it cycling or whatever...
20/03/2012 at 11:16
Hi scudulike, sorry to hear your news, but would you reconsider if a different doctors opinion said otherwise. Fortunately my GP's wife is a runner, so he has always been supportive. I had an MRI last summer which showed meniscal tears, loose cartilage & a cyst. Finally had op yesterday & have been told by consultant & physio that i should be able to try a gentle (supervised) treadie run in about 6 wks.
Take care, Jo.
20/03/2012 at 13:48
Scudulike- that's really bad news, but I'd agree with Joe.
20/03/2012 at 15:22

Scud - you should def get an opinion from a sports interested orthopaedic guy (unless you already have ??). It may well be that you could embark on a very careful supervised programme of starting to run again rather than calling it a day now.

All the best

20/03/2012 at 23:15
Many thanks for all of the supportive comments chaps. Unfortunately the Ortho doctor is a sports specialist.

I too have meniscal tears on both knees and compartment syndrome in my right calf.

It is the compartment syndrome that is truly murderous - Last November could not run 1 mile before being in tears with the pain.

I AM only deferring my VLM place for this year so if something miraculous happens over the summer there's always a guaranteed spot in the VLM 2013!!!

Am trying to be sensible though.

Peter x
21/03/2012 at 05:27

HI Scudulike

Wife has compartment syndrome - OUCH!  SOrry to hear it.  Apparently only surgery removes it too.  SO sorry to hear this

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