Posted: 23/10/2013 at 18:57
Chimney- you probably were going at a reasonable pace when i took the pic, but it never feels like it after 26.2 miles. I covered the last 400m at sub 4min/km pace when i ran it 2yrs ago- although it felt like 3.30 pace!
Sorry about the narrow parts of the course and traffic. Obviouslywe are stuck with the layout of the roads and road furniture in Abingdon- its hard enough persuading the town council that the marathon is a good idea without suggesting to them that some of the bollards/ railings are taken down for the morning. Road traffic follows on from having to run on roads- its impossible to find 17 miles of footpaths AND have a flat wide course around Abingdon (or most places I guess). There is an unofficial marathon locally that is 42 laps of a road loop- but who wants to see the same potholes 42 times? But the traffic management company that was used do a good job and make it so much safer than it used to be.
Be assured that the thanks (and comments) are taken note of by the organisers ready for future races.
Martin- I presume you have worked out who the "young man" who was with you for much of the race is?? Also I'm afraid the 2:37:xx V40 runner will be in the same category for a while yet, according to the Po10.