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Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 22:05

Its not that big a race and would take a lot of organising

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 20:04

No official pacers

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:48

Hardly an enormous downhill- its only 18m over 3 miles as you head towards the river.  I can guarantee you notice it on a bike

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:56

Otherwise, the course is on closed roads for the 1st 3.5 miles, then on a well compacted gravel path for a short distance before hitting tarmac again by 4 miles.  There is a pinch point at 3.1miles between immovable bollards. Apart from a section of well compacted path from Mile 13 to 14.5 (and 22 to 23.5 on the 2nd loop), the race is on road or pavement.  And you finish with nearly a lap of the track.

Apart from running around a track for 26.2miles, i doubt there are many flatter marathons.  There is a slight sting at 24.1miles where you go through an underpass and so have to climb the slope on the way out!

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:49

There is a route and elevation profile on the website now under the "About" tab.  My elevation profile from 2011 is below.  Obviously this was on the old course but it won't be significantly different.  It may look a bit mountainous but the altitude range is only from 51 to 72m

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/433328/gallery/race_abingdon_marathon_16-10-2011__elevation_0.jpg?width=350

 

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 00:50

T Rex- you'll be pleased to hear that the unexpected section through the park (just before the finish on the track) has gone.  This could be lost as the start of the loop is further south to avoid the danger spot at Preston road/ Wilsham rd junction where there were 3  directions of traffic and runners on different loops for the marshals to deal with

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 23:49

Nayan- you were one of the last.  The on-line entries are now full.  There are now only entries for those in the army champs so you will either have to enlist or join the waiting list (use the email form for entries on the contact page of the rcae website)

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:47

Pip- its not full yet. But less than 100 places left- we hold some back for the army who have to enter late as they don't know where they will be in the world in October at this time of year.

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:49

Brookie- hope you are dry at home.  It can get a bit soggy in the village I think.

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 00:54

Flatboy- 862 places gone as of now!  Last year it was full in 27 days but we had a mix of on-line and postal entries which obviously takes longer to come in.

Brookie- I'm sure the parkrun will be off again this week too- it took days for the carpark to drain last time.  But watch the FB page for info.  You'll have to come and do the proper course by the river when that dries out-much nicer than the road.  The Didcot runners often make the parkrun part of a pre-marathon long run by running from home and back- and i think you are closer, so no excuse

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