Bog and Bryn 20K, 4 Nov
Nice one, Laudy. I may or may not have met you on the course? Who knows.
Made a great change for me to got to an event with no kit/logistics considerations to think about, and the HQ only a 5-minute jog from my house. And from the finish area only a 10-minute walk home. I passed up the post-race refreshments and shower, walking straight home and hosing myself down in the garden first before going indoors for a nice hot shower.
Unfortunately the vicar's wife who lives opposite chose the point while I was halfway through my ablutions in the (front) garden to enquire after Mrs T Rex's health, which was bit awkward.
This was the first race where I have had to wash my number before I could put it up on the wall.
As Laudy said, a very muddy course indeed, but after a time you get used to it and it wasn't really an issue by the end. Leading up to stiles and at entering and exit points of woods there was no option other than to go through mud (and other substances) well over the ankles, occasionally deeper. One poor lass just in front of me slipped on one of these sections and took a tumble right into the mud.
So there were muddy field sections and muddy wooded sections and a few hills (mostly muddy), also some tarmac (often flooded). Looking at the OS map I thought I knew most of these paths from previous walks and runs but I found a lot of them this morning to be new to me. This can only mean that in the past I must have been on non-paths and perhaps removing brushwood and cutting barbed wire fences blocking "paths" was not called for . Nor blundering through nettles and bramble thickets. We met no such obstacles on the course.
Even though it felt to me I was putting in a strong effort it took me about 2:06 to get around the course. I have a feeling most runners were ahead of me and I wasn't overtaking runners in the final stages as I can usually do in races. I think a lot of entrants were good standard club runners.
There were marshals in all sorts of unexpected and helpful places dispensing encouragement and elsewhere the course was amply waymarked with red-and-white tape.
Can really recommend this one for a post-SNOD outing.
Perfectly summed up T Rex. You came in just behind me as I finished in 2.05 so guessed we probably passed at some point
I was so tempted to do that race T rex..definitely one for next year if they run it again........
i'm not sure about snowdon next year..to do it teh first time in such beautiful conditions.not sure that i could beat the occassion next time..............
I was amazed at the numbe rof cars with parking tickets on them this year...so many people parked on the road......glad i got there early
ffRAN wrote (see)
Caity. - seems to be rush of nutters who can't wait to sign up in the New Year then the limit's reached gradually. But on the FB page there's plenty of people offloading their impetuosity, second thoughts or injuries. Transfers allowed until Sept sometime.
Thanks very much ffRAN! Think I'll join in next year then!
It's going to be hard keeping this one on the first page but we ought to try.
Next year is going to be the Abingdon-SNOD double again for me. I can hardly expect a PB at Abingdon (as in 2008) but you never know. I suppose if I did proper training it would help.
I'm nearly as bad as BritNick for that (I'm sure he wouldn't mind me saying so).
Hello all, very quiet on here!! TRex, when is Abingdon next year? Quite fancy that one.
A clubmate of mine really raved about this years Abingdon, but he is really into fast, dull, PB races! He said that it filled up in super quick time and he will be doing it again!
I also understand that the Trail marathon (& half) are not far off their race number limit - I am not surprised after what I experienced last year - one of the best organised races I have done and probably the best value race I've done - I am sure that the contents of the goody bag and the other freebies were worth more than their entry fee alone
(sorry b r - Abingdon was 6 days before the Snowdonia Marathon this year)
Hey guys. Just joined the site, mmmmmm technophobic me will struggle. Anyway loved it again this year (my second). I look forward to this being a yearly event for me, it's that good!
hi guys, getting back into the daily grind after half-term. Back to cycling to work, and trying to slowly bring the running back in a bit more frequently as well. Done a few short runs (legs feel good, just need to take it slowly with the cycling as well!), and hoping to go and investigate some of the offa's dyke path tomorrow with mr panad
very very tough but loved it. Finally got in early enough as its usually full by the time i remember its on
Looks like it will be the TMW full route again and Snod for me as the big ones next year . 2014 I'm hoping to do the Barcelona Marathon it has a course profile very similar to Abingdon and looks like a good one for a PB average temp around 17 celcius.
Anyone here ran it before ?
JD-all three of course!!
I wont be doing Abingdon if its week before Snod though.Cheers for info anyway John Bach.
Welcome aboard new folks, Steve 'just do it' as they say
I signed up for what is the closest I'll get to an Ultra last night. Thunder Run 24 as a soloist. Basically, start at 12pm Saturday lunchtime and run as many 10k laps as you can off road in 24 hrs. I did it as part of a team this year but next year, I'm on my own. I reckon I could manage 15 laps without dying
brer- lol! Nope to all 3- or even a double 6 days apart Good luck with your run (nutter!)
Legs seem to be recovering nicely post Snod 2012 : 4.01m tempo run on the track (mainly for floodlights!) for me tonight in 23.51 (5.57av) and 2.01m warm down in 13.54 (6.55 av)
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