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Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 13:19

Just booked accommodation for me and the Mrs for the night before the marathon at Premier Inn (South Didcot). Always stayed there for previous Abo marathons, although the last one was 2012.

They always use to do an early breakfast for the marathon runners, does any one know whether this is still the case

The Groundhog Marathon Race 2016

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 16:55

Did this last year, and doing again this year.

They also call out on the PA system every time a runner notches up 10 laps, saying how many laps that runner has done, so you have a good idea how you are doing. They also say when you have 1 lap to go.. the best part 

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 13:52

Just entered Abo 2016, first time since 2012, after major health issues

It will be great to be back.


Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:53

Some great stories, I have spent the last 15mins reading them. Special mention to Barry to have turned it around in just 2 months, from HM pw to a marathon PB!

Spent the whole of my race running with a club mate, who was running a similar pace to mine and was going for pb (around 3.25). Unfortunately, was not able to help him along to his pb, as we both finished in just over 3.34, well outside our targets, Despite the time, really enjoyed the race, and cannot wait until next year.

Well organised race as usual and my thanks to the fantastic marshals as usual. Only downside was running through the muddy/flooded field in last mile. I thought I was going to get away with dry feet!

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 11:37

Done my 2 mile jog this morning, felt very sluggish... hope I feel better tomorrow.

Just off very soon too. Staying at Premier Inn at Didcot

Best of luck everyone, and remember try and enjoy the race as much you are able.

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:45

Shadwell - welcome back, hope the race goes better for you this year. With the race signs going up, we must be getting close to race day now

Micknphil - the best summary of how to approach a marathon I have ever heard. Wish I heard this when I ran my first marathon.

seesteverun - hope everything clears for you. Its all our worse nightmares coming down with something just before race day.

Was raining here this morning, so an easy 45 mins on the treadmill. Fingers crossed, the blocked up nose I had on Sunday has not developed into anything further. Club night tomorrow, which will be an easy 5 with 5 x 50m strides, then just a very slow 2 on Saturday and I am done.

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 13:55

Martin - fantastic 10K, all you need to do now is to take it easy before Abo.

6 miles easy for me Tues, then 4 miles easy Weds, and 5 miles Thurs (with 50m strides). May knock out a couple of easy miles on Saturday, just to keep myself loose. 

 Number   Name                  Wearing                                 Target
187           MG15                  Black vest,shorts and socks        2:50
844          TickTock              Orange vest/grey shorts               2:57
???          Postie                 Navy vest, blue/grey shorts           3:00
141          Chillies FB           Red/Black vest                           3:30
810          Joe Peacook        white & blue caerleon vest            3:58
107          SR3                     yellow stragglers vest                  3:58
389         EckyThump           CRAC vest                                 ??
294         WarrenK78           Black vest yellow/red hoops       2:59                            359       Aching Calves   Red Braintree AC vest,Black shorts  3.20

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 16:07

SR3  - re carbo loading I agree I would really only worry about this Frid/Sat and Sunday. I personally do not eat that much more that I would normally do, with only perhaps a bit of grazing between meals and additional fuild intake. I certainly would not try any foods you have not eaten before. I find if I eat too much I feel sluggish for the race. However only once you have tried it, will you know what works best for you.

CFB - well done on the course pb.

Ecky - good call on taking it easy.

Barry  - good speedy run. Glad the head felt better after. I also woke up this morning with a blocked up nose, fortunately nothing else, and it cleared during my run, and are OK now.

9 1/2 miles slow this morning (av8.49). I enjoyed the run and was comfortable, but did not think I would have still been comfortable going any faster, which is worrying.

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 16:46

Martin - best of luck with 10K on Sunday. I am sure now you are more rested you will blitz it.

Chillies - best of luck with Henley, don't go too hard.

Raining here this morning so did not want to risk a cold, so on the treadmill for 5 miles, including 6 x 2min MP efforts. Shame to stop really but work was calling. Rest day tomorrow and 10 miles slow Sunday.

For everyone else not racing, just take it easy out there.

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 14:12

loulabell - hope the cold clears. When I have been training hard a cold seems to last for weeks, if I back off, it seems to disappear in a few days, so hopefully the taper next week should sort it.

Shadwell  - what sort of time are you aiming for this year?

Warren  - 10 miles at av6.28 sounds pretty good, you cannot be in bad shape.

Martin - still churning out good runs there.

6 miles this morning, including 3 at my pedestrian MP of around av7.40. May be another 6 miles tomorrow, and then 10 slow on Sunday. Cannot wait for race day now. Following Chillies lead, my Gold, Silver and Bronze targets this year are 3:20, 3:25 & 3:30.

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