Stevie G and waccyracer I totally agree. I was unaware that the power of 10 existed until John Sear mentioned in his circular to the Oxfordshire clubs (and on the OAA website) in which he tried to dissuade clubs and members from taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon. The Power of 10 doesn't really matter to me - what I object to is the undemocratic and politically motivated intervention by the OAA in support of their friends at UK Athletics.
Through our participation we can show the petty minded objectors that we want this race to be a success.
Whatever time I achieve I will definitely write it on a piece of paper and put it in my scrap book and I might even frame it.
I'm going to do this one after missing my local one Kenilworth due to slackness. Seems like parking at the Kassam shouldn't be an issue.
The whole UKA/ARC thing is interesting. Although it is ARC, there is the usual discount for UKA-affiliated club runners, and the online entry form declaration says "I agree to abide by UKA rules." Which is weird if you're not running under UKA rules.
It's all slightly confusing.
I think clubs can affiliate with the UKA...but to licence under UKA they have to pay more than if they licence under ARC...so many do.
Also, if you pay £5 extra on top of your club fee, you affiliate yourself individually to get the £2 discount at each race!
First of all thanks to all comments received, it does make a difference. We are really looking forward to the event, it has been a long process, but for us definately rewarding. Jim, I know exactly where you are coming from, political agendas are not what we are about, we just want a race that is going to make a day in Oxford very special, and guys, ARC or UKA permit, it does not matter as they are both organisations that ARE legitimate, whatever you are told, we just don't want you to fall asleep talking about them. We ask club runners in Oxon AA to make their own minds up to run and the support from officials in these clubs have been amazing, and we have many entries from these club runners which means a lot to us. I have invited the Oxon Chair to just give me a call to chat, unfortunately he has not taken me up on that offer, but that is not the main point.
The main point is to see a day where runners of all abilities enjoy an event that will make it special for each and every runner, with a city centre route, and a stadium finish. Many runners are not members of local clubs, so on the day, after you finish, if you are thinking of joining a club in the area, we will give you information relevant to your postcode. Coaches, officials in these clubs do a brilliant job and we will help in whatever way possible, if you decide its for you.
Remember, 3 weeks to go, if you need any infomation please go to www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk and we will look forward to giving all runners, and spectators a day to remember. I can tell you that we cannot wait!!
Dave (Race Director)
Got my entry pack through so it's definitely happening! I note there are 5 water stations, but I've not been able to locate a map of the route anywhere, nor any note of where the water stations will be (if it's warm, I will suffer!). I know there's a written description of the route on the website, but a cheeky map with it all laid out is handy.
Running 18-20 at the moment in training for a marathon in november, so this will be a nice break from that sort of mileage on a Sunday! Telling myself I just want to take it easy, but I know if I'm going well at halfway, I'll go for it with my Haribos!
PS Local UKA clubs telling their members not to marshal are being very petty indeed. Ultimately we're all runners, and Oxford deserves a prestigious race (as well as being quite handy for me to get to!)
I have just entered because I had to miss the Bristol half that I was due to run. Really looking forward to this and hoping for good conditions on the day. I really want to have a crack at a PB and it looks as though this might be the course to have a go at that.
I have a question for anyone running Oxford who lives in London. I have checked out hotels for the Saturday night but as I entered to late I can't find anything for less than £150 a night - ooops! So I am thinking of hiring a car and driving on Sunday morning. Does anyone need a lift who is prepared to share the cost with me?
Or is there anyone local on here who knows of a place that I could stay reasonably cheaply on Satuday night?
Thanks for any answers!
no hills as such loula ,i agree with waccy ,more like inclines one at about 2miles which is probably only a couple of hundred yards long and a steady incline at about 11 miles which is about 1/2 a mile long
i hopeing for around 1.45
Fido2Dogs wrote (see)
There's always the youth hostel by the station if you don't mind a shared room, or you could ask the tourist board to get you a B&B?
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