Dachs - did you see the Cardiff half highlights? It was on Eurosport last night. After wading through the charity/celebrity/fancy dress brigade, they made a pretty decent fist of covering the elite races. You got almost as much TV time as Marders.
LS21 - didn't see the 25 mile marker? Sounds like you cut the course to me. You'll be telling me next you missed the steel band, travelling circus and Playboy cheering zone. You probably had headphones in.
Either way, it's a DQ and annulled PB. Better luck next time.
Dr D - ah, that would explain a lot. Got the shout on lap one, and instinctively waved assuming it was someone I knew. There were some people I know from Ealing Eagles (a local club to me) on that exact corner last year so I thought it might be them again. On lap two I was staring at everyone trying to pick out a familiar face; might explain the strange look!
Two runs today so no obvious hangover after a harder than expected training run at Abo. Will take it easy until Saturday to be on the safe side.
susiebe1 - yes, the slower runners did get to finish and pick up a medal/t-shirt. Very generous of the organisers to allow that as they had to obviously keep the marshalls and the infrastructure in place beyond the stated 5hrs. My brother was one of the last few to finish (5.37), and tbh I was surprised he was allowed to carry on. The finish arch had been deconstructed but the timing mat & finish line was still in place along with the finish line clock.
I think this is a great race (done it six times now), and the Abingdon Amblers put on a superb event with an extraordinary number of volunteers/marshals. Feel bad for not being able to say thank you to them as I was running past. I sincerely hope the running community continues to support club organised races like this where the focus is very much on the runners and the race, as they are a welcome and valued alternative to the big (expensive) event company organised races where the focus is on charities, fancy dress, celebs etc.
Have to say I've always found Abo to be well (and copiously) marshalled. Usually races put on by clubs are much better than those put on by events companies for marshalling, as the marshalls are invariably runners who know what they should be doing. Surprised therefore DrD had a bad experience. I guess that's the penalty for being so far up the field and running solo, thus catching them unawares.
Despite getting twinges of cramp in the last 10k yesterday (worst was coming out of the underpass as I was overtaking a guy and tried to put on spurt to beat him out of it), legs feel pretty good today. Will jog down to 5-a-side this evening for an hour's footie.