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Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 00:30

Brookie- it was indeed Simon who I gather overcooked it in the 1st half of the race forgetting that he's no longer a V40 and ran out of puff. There's a nice pic of the 2 of you chatting along Peep a day lane!  Fortunately he had enough energy to take down the finish line scaffolding as the 5hr+ finishers were crossing the line.  I think all those who looked like they would be over 5hrs were warned at the 1/2 way mark that the course would start to be closed down

So pleased you all had a good day- hope to see you again next year.

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 22:39

Scott and Gavo- race organizers have to use the  paths/ roads that are there.  The race entry fee won't support major roadworks etc

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:43

Pinkbug- I suggest you contact the race director from the race website.  Some runners were DQ'd for wearing headphones.

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:35

I've contacted the timing company about the issue, but as you note the downloadable pdf shows the correct results.  Pleased you enjoyed it. 

Sorry to those inconvenienced by the parking problem at Wootton Road- we had been assured by the carpark owners that the carpark would be unlocked and it wasn't. 

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 14:04

Nayan- its not that bad. Its a footpath under the road but having got used to the flatness of the course over the previous 24 miles, it is a bit of a shock to the legs.  If you came across it while out shopping you'd struggle to remember it!

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:46

Brookie- RACE IT

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:05

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

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 18/09/2014 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!

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