Oxford Mail Town & Gown 10K

Route Change

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22/02/2004 at 16:21
Glad to hear that the route has been changed as, after running this race three times, it was getting a little tedious. Lovely atmosphere though and good reporting of the event on the internet afterwards - with lots of photos.
12/03/2004 at 06:14
Just enterd online, never got around to doing this before so this will be my first year :-)
17/03/2004 at 21:45
Have recently taken part in the Reading Half and although knocked 12 mins of my last half I was still a bit dissapointed with my time of 2.22 - Does anyone know whether this race is for the more serious runner or ok for those who want to improve on a bit of a naff time?
18/03/2004 at 05:52
It's for everybody to try there best, fast or slow.
I think this should have a good atmosphere :-)
24/03/2004 at 14:14
I'm also doing this.

Anne-Marie, you'll be absolutely fine, and you won't be last! you'd prob finish the 10k in around an hour to 70 mins, there'll be lots of people finishing slower than that.
10/04/2004 at 14:50
I would like to run as fast as I can, is this race a good choice to try to set a PB?
Many thanks
13/04/2004 at 06:10
Francisco, I'm racing this for a fast time also, I've never thought of Oxford as being hilly.
17/04/2004 at 09:58
The course is completely flat on really good surfaces. Can't speak for organisation / congestion having not run the race before, but it seems to have a good reputation and good course records.
17/04/2004 at 19:08
Thanks Snail for your feedback! Will look out for you on the day, will you be the one with a shell on your back?
17/04/2004 at 21:27
I reckon the Town and Gown is not the best race for a pb especially if you are in the middle of the pack. There are generally a lot of twists and turns and the course can get congested.

If you want a pb run the T&G for pleasure and the Bourton 10k for speed.

19/04/2004 at 09:07
I think the new route should be less congested and therefore faster than the previous one. It looks like there will be less corners.
I'm looking forward to it - my fourth year.
23/04/2004 at 10:04
Just applied on line with no probs. In at the deep end to get back into running, and train for the London 10K. All the feedback on the race has made me really look forward to it.
Anne-Marie I'm hoping to beat a pb of 66mins so not whirlwind fast by anymeans. We'll be fine and have a laugh at the same time. See you all there!
23/04/2004 at 12:46
Also have just applied online. I am looking forward to this after a great debut experience in the Flora London Marathon. Look forward to finding out about the route.
04/05/2004 at 22:20
Have most of the mad family running this as well as many people from the street. Hoping to go for the magic sub 40 after unexpectedly coming close to it at Shinfield. If it's flat (and the weather is okay) then am looking forward to it. Didn't expect that many people running (biggest field I've ever been in).
07/05/2004 at 17:12
hi all.my first time doing this one.did silverstone on tuesady in 52.17 so aiming for sub 50mins on this one.wud b nice to maybe meet a few forumites here as i'm a bit shy so i don't really have the nerve to go up to sum1 and just start chatting.not sure what i'll b wearing yet.will prob not decide til the actual morning
08/05/2004 at 09:31
I'll be running in club colours (Green and White). But from 3000 people it may be hard to spot someone.
09/05/2004 at 13:04
Hi, i've only just started running, and this will be my first ever race - i was just wondering if anyone who has done it before can advise me on how hard this race is, and how serious!? I just did a 5K run on tarmac in 25:47, so i'm hoping to do it in under a hour. Anyone know what the weather is set to be like?
09/05/2004 at 13:34
Hi Rozi. This will be my 4th time, I keep coming back so it must be good!
There's about 3000 runners and it is well organized to cope with them all. There are some seriously fast people at the front but they are a minority. Most are out to have a good time, there are a few in fancy dress. One year I noticed some students had their friends set up a refuelling station, with beer! There are some who walk round with collecting buckets for charity. But most people are ordinary runners finishing in between about 40 - 75 minutes. So you should be fine.
Good Luck.
11/05/2004 at 00:04
I wish everybody best of like, I won't be racing this year but will be cheering on my boyfriend and my friend who is doing it. I just started to run but I hope to do some others races in the near future. Good luck to all.
13/05/2004 at 18:06
Whats this about not getting a momento automatically? I got the impression it was a medal (or similar) for all finishers.
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