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Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 07:57

Really glad my words helped to egg you on, Al Runs

Yes, that should be a record by about 46 mins, subject to Guinness World Records people being happy with evidence. Got to sort through the photos - one from each mile marker and many from mid-race. This is one of my favourites so far...



Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 07:35

Well done, susiebe1, TheseSticks, serens nos, Millsy, Nader, LessFatStillFat and Al Runs!  Al - knew (without knowing you) that sub 3 was there for the taking - really delighted you got it!

TheseSticks - we must have finished near each other.  I did 3:18:54 but started a bit behind the start line.  I was the playing card.  

What an amazing day!  I think I smiled and waved all the way round.  Certainly a very different experience to running it for a PB.  I'd definitely recommend a costume run.

If you're reading Old Shadowfax, thanks a million to you (and the rest of the committee) for all your time in organising such a wonderful event.

Legs are mashed today.

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:01

Thank you, OS!

Managed my first run in 2 weeks today - half a parkrun (before barcode scanning duties). Chest still a bit tight but I'll take the risk and keep it relatively slow. 

Good luck everyone running!

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 20:44
Looking forward to seeing you out there, Old Shadowfax - thanks for any pics you take! Are you also happy to fill in a witness statement for me, please?

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 20:37

Nadar - time to beat is 4:04, so hopefully that will be ok, even though I haven't trained much in the outfit...

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 18:53

Good luck, Elliot - chatted to you at Bicester parkrun a few weeks ago. Hope you have a really positive experience (and NOT a positive split!).  Like LMH, I'd also be surprised if your family could find any parking spaces…although I really don't know.  Like LMH as well, I'd also say more pavement than road.

Good luck with getting your 3:29 as well, Nadar. Not sure at all what time I will do in costume (given that my chest is still rattling and I've not run for nearly 2 weeks), but I might be around that time.

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 19:29

Having run the most recent course in Abingdon last year, I'd agree with everything David Rees said, especially about the Lane being quite narrow in places.

Still ill . Think I'm starting to feel a little better but the cough is nowhere near running level. Still got a few more days, though.  I've also got a really lovely clubmate who aiming to get to most/ all mile markers to take a photo for me, for my evidence portfolio (and to feed me bottled water, as I find cups a bit useless). That removes some of the stress of having to stop and get out my phone at each mile marker, and ask the nearest spectator to take a snap!

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 17:34

Thanks, Al Runs.  I will probably go for the costume option anyway now, given that the sub 3 hope was already pushing it slightly.  My costume is a playing card - I've tried to upload a photo - hope it works! 

I do think with your 10k time and history of marathons that it is possible. 3:03 pace sounds like a good compromise to start with - then you can see how you feel at halfway.  When I did sub 3 at Abingdon in 2004, it was off 1:32 at halfway (and a PB of over 3:15).  If you were ill before your 3:03, that would also account for the struggle in the 2nd half.  Plus, my average mpw for last year's sub 3 was 40-50 miles…I thought that was too low because of what other people did/ what textbooks say…but it turned out to be fine. It varies for every individual. 



Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 07:29

My taper is currently consisting of no running whatsoever! I've got a cold - typical . When I get it in my chest, it just sticks.  Back to Plan A, (costume run), if it isn't too late to proceed with my Guinness World Record application. Email sent this morning - just have to see what they say. Not the end of the world. Plan B (sub 3 attempt) was a late decision anyway, as my hip suddenly started behaving and I found some unexpected form.

Hi Al Runs - great 10k time! That's a few seconds faster than my time, which I'm nowhere near at the minute! Surely a sub 3 is possible, if you've had the right sort of build-up for Abingdon? (I don't want to tempt you into starting too fast and blowing up, though!)

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 20:32

Wow - fantastic running, Millsy!! Congrats on the PB!  How are you planning to taper?

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