thanks for that info David N..i too i think will hang on a little longer until things are sorted a bit better....im just down the road from Oxford and thought itd be a really popular event but like you wondered how the roads would cope with such large numbers on the day....well, we will sit and wait...
hi mothrunner, sorry to hear you are injured, hope it improves quickly, are you doing any other local races soon ?
The sceptic in me has also dented my initial excitement and enthusiasm so I too will hang on until there's more information. Obviously some of you have good contacts in the running world and it does seem strange that these people have not been brought on board as they will need to muster an awful lot of volunteers and goodwill from somewhere. I would have thought that the organisations involved will have done some due diligence before lending their names to this so lets hope our concerns are unfounded as I feel it has the potential to be a great event.
Having done the Reading HM and seeing the pride it gives the locals I would love this to be replicated in the county that I'm proud to come from so really hope it happens and is successful.
I can't think of another HM in Oxfordshire
Is there one?
I will take a look at the White Horse Half but just goes to show that Oxford would be a popular place for a HM.I hoped that there might be a HM option at Abingdon and sent them an email last year but they weren't keen to have a HM alongside the marathon.
Saying all this I'm doing Berlin(my second marathon ater doing Brighton in april)on sept 25th but really hope tht Oxford HM goes ahead as think it would be great.Good to see that the course goes down Morrell ave as its quite a climb in the opposite direction!
There is also a Half Marathon at Blenhiem Palice in october this year
Latest word on the street is that the race is being licences by the runaway group called ARC (nothing to do with Alchester Running Club)these guys also give our permits and race licences but are nothing to do with Run Britain or UK Athletics.
Have looked on the web site of ARC but it is not showing a race permit for this event!!!
susiebe1 wrote (see)
I can't think of another HM in OxfordshireIs there one?
You've just missed the Otmoor Challenge last Saturday which is a half(ish) marathon, but off road and definitely not PB material. But it is"unique","individual", "one of a kind"...and worth doing for the experience and scenery. And then there's the Henley Half.
It would be difficult to have an Abingdon 1/2 on the same day as the full marathon because of the looped course. I think they need over 100 marshals just for the current race, so another course on the same day would stretch things abit
I'd would have thought it would need measuring 1st but perhaps it is a requirement for UKA but not ARC- but who wants to run on a short/ long course.
Like I said last week, its very kind of the folks in Somerset to set up a new race for runners in oxfordshire...
See Clause 10 in the Permit Application Process which is displayed on the ARC website
"Provided an appointment for measurement has been made, the permit may be issued in advance of the completion of the course measurement. "
Looked at hte wbsite and you can find the website owner's address and if you google this it is listed under South West atletics and Avon.
Cross Country Coordinator
Andy HeyesPerth Villa, 10 Marine ParadeClevedon BS21 7QS
I'm keeping the date free for now......
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