Mick n Phil, sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but I don't attend the forum that often, we would be more than happy to have you run the Oxford Half Marathon and look forward to seeing you both on the 25th September.
Guys, just a note that if you have any queries or question please go to the website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk as you will get a quicker response.
Message to Robert Logan, I have noted your comments in one of the Oxford newspapers and the mention that the road closures will call massive disruption (they will not as it is very important for us as race organisers to be sensitive to local residents, businesses and emergency services).
Without going into detail, I feel I know the reasons why you are against the staging of this race, I find it surprising because you are a local runner and member of a very local running club but whatever makes you happy. If you have a real concern about us coming from Somerset, and the issues in general, please e.mail us on the website and we will come back to you. To assume that we have always come from Somerset and having no connections with Oxford is really quite naive.
Hope everybody who has entered really enjoy themselves we have got lots of entertainment not just for the runners but also the spectators and it will finish actually inside the stadium which will create a great atmosphere. Thank you for all your comments and it really is not long to go now. Cheers Dave
Well, you didn't read my letter that carefully! I did not use the adjective "massive" in terms of disruption and I merely said that your company's connections to Oxford were unclear. I was making a political point about the ethics of the City Council creating disruption to benefit a commercial company. Of course you may have an entirely different business arrangement with them but neither side has made this transparent.
As it happens I did e-mail you via the race web-site but for whatever reason received no reply.
Just read all of this thread - interesting stuff!
Anyway onto what is by far the most important aspect of all this.... Can any locals state whether this is likely to be a PB course? The website says 'fast and flat', and I've read that you go down the steepest hill and any uphills are pretty gentle. I'm considering a trip down for this, but partly cos I'll be chasing a time really. From what I can gather it looks pretty quick, but just wondered if any locals could confirm really.
I entered the Oxford Half Marathon today via the online form on their website, and although I've had a receipt from RBS WorldPay, I haven't heard anything from the organisers to confirm my entry. I am a little bit worried, as it says on the website that "your place will be allocated and confirmed immediately". I have also emailed them (only a few hours ago though), but haven't had a reply yet. Has anyone else had this problem?
Just spotted this but not sure whether i can get fit enough for it in time. Anyone tell me what medical support there will be there on the day?
I have now received a confirmation email to say that my entry has been accepted
Seems okay now although I couldn't view it either earlier. Anyone any idea how many entries so far?
Regarding the PB question, I'd have thought the overall flatness of it would make it ideal but as mentioned there are other factors - the killer for me is the temperature. if it's anything like now my time will be hopeless. Fairly stil, dry and in the high teens will do nicely for me
I don't know aout everyone else but my training is not going well . I planned on running every day of my recent 10 day holiday in Pembrokeshire and managed just 3 shortish runs along the coastal path. I'm well behind where I'd like to be in terms of the longer distances although I managed ny second fastest 5k this morning so perhaps all is not lost.
How's everyone else doing?
Firstly, thank you right said aouita, for those comments, there has been a lot of negatively but sometimes that is just down to change and because it is a brand new event. We have to accept this but the race is full on 110%, road closures in place, and we are really looking forward to it.
Just to give you some news, that Up and Running store in Oxford is doing a 10km run of part of the course at 11.30am on this Sunday 14th August meeting at the store. The shop will be open from 10am and everybody who signs up will get a free energy drink, stretching tips and 20% off full price running gear.
Also, I do know that the 1st 15 male and 1st 15 female runners who confirm will get a free custom design technical tee shirt.
Speak soon and if you have any queries about the race please go to www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk
Dave (race organiser)
I am an ordinary club runner in Oxfordshire and I am delighted about the arrival of the Oxford Half Marathon. I have entered and I am thoroughly looking forward to running on September 25th. Thank you to the organisers.
It is however disappointing that the Oxfordshire Athletics Association are placing political pressure on local clubs to dissuade their member runners and marshals from taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon. John Sear Chairman of the OAA even went as far as to state on the OAA website - " Please NOTE your times for this event might not be included by the Power of 10 statistics !"
Very democratic John!!
I am extremely disappointed with the OAA. I joined my club to train with others and take part as a club member in races and I do not want to be drawn into the political agendas of sports administrators. I know that many local runners relish the prospect of a big open half marathon in Oxford. I truly hope that the event will be a sellout with wide participation from local club runners.
Jim Whelan wrote (see)
John Sear Chairman of the OAA even went as far as to state on the OAA website - " Please NOTE your times for this event might not be included by the Power of 10 statistics !" Very democratic John!!I am extremely disappointed with the OAA.
I am extremely disappointed with the OAA.
The power of 10 is a UKA sponsored website, and the Oxford half has an ARC license and not a UKA license. What John says is slightly wrong, if the Oxford half is run under ARC license then the results will not be on power of 10. The same is true for the Wycombe half, lots of legitimate local runners but nothing recorded on the power of 10.
I do have an issue with the power of 10 being so petty, but what is said by OAA is true and factual and is down to the power of 10 and your irk should be addressed elsewhere.
Seem to be a lot of petty people trying to kill this race before it's even started.
Saying the race won't appear on power of 10 is pretty pointless for 2 reasons.
1) Only anoraks even know what power of 10 is, or care
2)loads of races aren't on power of 10, as the UKA basically utilise bully boy tactics to try and force races to go under the more expensive UKA rather than ARC certification.
My 3 qualifying 10k times haven't made it onto power of 10 for the above reason so it's a sore point
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