Oxford Half Marathon

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09/06/2011 at 11:06
David N 173 wrote (see)
There is also mention of "an" Andy Heyes in the Oxford University Cross Country Club, which might explain why someone from Clevedon wants to arrange a run in Oxford.

Think this is just two guys with the same name. The Andy Heyes at Clevedon (http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=83662) is a vet athlete and seems to have nothing to do with OUCCC at all who have an Andrew Heyes (http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=17472) who is U23.

Agree that having an athlete somewhere in the team is a good thing but not sure if that is enough. If you want 10,000 runners then you need a professional company doing the bulk of the work as it is way beyond spritied amateurs.

Also I am not sure I am a fan of these big runs: I did Reading and it takes ages to get there in heavy traffic, ages to park miles away, ages to get to the start, wait at the start line for ages, then repeat in reverse with some car parks not being opned for exit until 3 hours after the starting time.

09/06/2011 at 11:18
i think they are expecting 3000 runners, but it does seem a bit of a shambles.
09/06/2011 at 11:34
David N 173 wrote (see)
However, living in Oxford for many years, they will also need the buy-in from the Universities who still think its 1711 and are able to pull all sort of archaic strings and levers to prevent things from happening.

Speaking as the bursar of an Oxford college, I can only say that there are far too few archaic strings and levers for my liking!  If someone could provide me with a way to pull a few strings--archaic or otherwise--in the City Council planning department, I'd be very grateful! 
09/06/2011 at 16:33

I'm keeping this one as a definite maybe!

09/06/2011 at 18:49

I'm a definite maybe too..........  well i think i am

10/06/2011 at 07:56
LWJ - so indecisive
10/06/2011 at 08:01
hello LWJ !! are you doing this? see you there!!
10/06/2011 at 08:59
Am seriously thinking about it lou
10/06/2011 at 14:36
10/06/2011 at 16:22
Sooner or later we'll all have to get around to making a decision!!
10/06/2011 at 17:27
well i AM doing it Puffin ..im just waiting for the sign thats its all cosha n ready to go! THEN i'll handover the cash-
11/06/2011 at 12:51
Another update from todays Oxford Mail:


In summary:

Traffic management plan went in yesterday.
UK Athletics say its not legit as no licence issued.
Association of running clubs has issued a permit.
Concern of clashes with other local 10ks.
Likely to be a shortage of marshals.
BMW say they are pleased to support it.

Looks like the organisers seem to be treading on a lot of peoples toes!

I don't suppose runners who compete in this will get blacklisted or anything silly?
Edited: 11/06/2011 at 12:51
11/06/2011 at 13:07
David N 173 wrote (see)
 I don't suppose runners who compete in this will get blacklisted or anything silly?

Nah.......... but we might get eggs thrown at us on the course!
11/06/2011 at 13:24
if its not legit then how can it go ahead-im confooooooooossseeddd
11/06/2011 at 13:25
11/06/2011 at 13:34
Oxford is a lovely city my cousan use to live there and I stayed at his house once and loved being down there
11/06/2011 at 15:38
im an Oxford girl through n through born n bred its a beautiful city....
11/06/2011 at 15:47
may come for the weekend and do the race
11/06/2011 at 17:57
being local, i'd like to see a 1/2 marathon happening too.  I doubt you'll be blacklisted but perhaps if it doesn't have EA approval, race times may not count towards qualifying for other races- if that is ijmportant to you.
12/06/2011 at 10:37

Sounds like the organisers have been a little naive to say the least! To be fair to them though I guess they would have always struggled to find a suitable date with no clashes. Other more established events elsewhere may not have had this problem with less events around a few years back.

I do hope they can overcome this and pull marshalls in from somewhere. I think the area would benefit from an event like this and great for us locals especially if it can become a regular fixture.

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