Posted: 22/10/2015 at 23:47
Old Shadowfax, please pass my thanks on to the marshalls and for organising Abingdon.
Superb setup & location, well organised race, if only every race could be this stress free.
I was one of the lucky ones who got a number transfer, after the race was recommended by Fido, Lorenzo and others during Comrades.
Got there before 8am, picked a locker out of 100s available, loads of toilets available, warmed up around the track for 20-30 minutes with a old tshirt on to throw away. Was that easy, I had time to go back and stick it in my locker.
Excellent fast course, still tested you, but found it good one to get steady pace. one or two of the mile markers were out was only thing I noticed, jumping from a 7m20s miles to 6:20 (?!), so one mile short, one long but minor thing.
Lots of friendly marshalls gave me a cheer (Comrades GB union jack vest on), and also good guidance to stay to left, or on pavement in some sections, and also if any drivers had been driving close. Loved the sponges, plastic cups a little harder to drink from than polystyrene ones, a few seemed to split.
After nailing my target 7:25 pace by 5-10 seconds per mile and being 2-2:15 minutes under target at mile 24ish, thought I'd blown it having to walk 8-9 times during mile 25 and 26, but came into the road to stadium and towards the little path to the track with just under 2 minutes, 3:13ish on watch... just the little path and track to go to get GFA time.
Not sure where I found the speed, gritted teeth to go all out sprint - went from mile 26 @ 8:30mm to 6:30 pace, and then sub 6 and below, to run a bonkers 1:32 last quarter mile.
Time on the clock 3:14:56.
I would certainly recommend Abingdon and do the race again in the future.