Ryan Snell

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Posted: Yesterday at 20:24

Joolska -  I think that all good marathons are preceded by bags of tension and madness. I'm sure you'll be great on Sunday.

Legs are ok today - wouldn't fancy sprinting anywhere but they're better than post-London.

Official photos are up already - they're some good ones of me shouting with arms aloft on the track (No.315). There are also 400 odd very good photos on Flickr as well.

I'm having a total break for three weeks after nearly three years of continuous training  .  

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 00:17

Oh, one more thing.

I think that most entrants would happily pay £2/3 extra for entry to have small bottles of water at the stations rather than plastic cups.

The lucozade station and sponges were appreciated

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Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:51

TJB -  I gave you a massive shout as you rounded that last left hander into Tilsley Park. You looked pretty good for 25+ miles The magic number is defo on for 2015

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:47

Great event overall

I appreciate that road closures for the whole route isn't possible but it does mean that there's an awful lot of jumping on/off pavements and dodging cars/people.

The track finish is great and all of the marshalls were fantastic. Shame about the wind but there's nothing anyone can do about that!

Pinkbug -

Any luck here?....



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Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:13

Slightly fuller report....

Felt pretty good this morning - nervous but rested and ready to go.Got there in plenty of time and the weather was pretty good - already breezy but cloud cover and a nice temperature.First 3 miles were cross wind so just relaxed and didn't pay much attention to the watch. As we turned into the wind there was a group of 8-10 about 30m ahead so checked the pace (6:18ish) and decided to catch them.

Miles 3-10 were all into the wind but particularly 7-10 so spent most of the time sheltering at the back of the group. Garmin was over-measuring (26.5 at the end but it mostly seemed to happen in the first 3 miles) but went past 10m marker in 63:30 so 6:21 avg which was fine for into the wind. The group didn't really accelerate with the wind behind so I went on alone.

At 13 I could see a group of 3 a way up the road (200m at a guess). I knew we would turn into the wind at 16 so decided to chase them down (6:00, 6:04, 6:00) which took a lot of effort but was definitely worth it because the wind had really picked up. By 18 it was just me and this guy from Thames taking turns and we stayed close for the rest of the race.

Went through 20 in 2:05:25 so 61:55 for the second 10.Felt ok at 20 but not as strong as at London and I suspect the surge  had a lot to do with that. Next two miles were 6:08 and 6:09 but I was starting to struggle. 6:22 and 6:24 for the next two but it was everything I had. 6:35 and 6:31 made a PB unlikely but managed to find something a bit extra on the track (6:10/mile for the last bit) and as I came into the home straight I started a 'sprint' but the right hamstring threatened to cramp so decided to enjoy the moment instead of damaging myself.

Official time 2:44:59 for 12th

Looking forward to some beer later and then a nice rest

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Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:45
Al P - Awesome run - well done!

I think I was 11th in 2:44:57 (forgot to stop watch) so missed London PB by 3 secs but still very happy considering the windy conditions. Mega-flat course but lots of hopping on and off pavements and people/car dodging.
Halfway in 82:35 so even splits but had to put in a few surges to catch up groups before turning into wind - particularly on the 2nd lap where I put in miles of 6:00, 6:04 and 6:00 to catch a group of 3. I think it was probably worth it considering how much the wind had picked up. Saw LJB at the start and then just as he was turning the corner into the track.
Knew a PB was close when I got onto the track but tried a sprint with 100m to go and right hamstring threatened to cramp completely so decided to enjoy the moment instead.
Off to lie down for a bit.
Looking forward to seeing results and reading reports.

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 10:16

No. 315 for me tomorrow.

Was planning to try and negative split like at London this year but I think being in a group will be important considering the likelihood of wind so will have to be a bit flexible with pacing.

Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow  

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:45


Will be looking for sub 2:45 on Sunday and definitely looking for a group to run with and share the work into the wind 

Can anyone tell me how exposed the course is?

Particularly the section heading south at the start of each loop. 



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Posted: 16/10/2014 at 12:03

TJB - Yeah, that was me. I was speeding up initially as I wasn't sure about the sub-3 and then felt bad for beating that bloke when he was racing. Luckily, I was still only 4th so didn't take a prize off him. He was well chuffed with getting under 3 anyway, on what was a very hot day towards the end.

The last 6.2 will hopefully be wind assisted on Sunday so it will feel like we're gliding I'm sure.....

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Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:09

Morning all,

Delurking after a long spell of not posting but have been reading recently.

Some amazing and awe-inspiring performances at Berlin and Yorkshire so huge congrats to everyone who raced there.

TJB - I'll be on the start line at Abo on Sunday morning - Winchester vest and a white cap Did I see you at Thames Meander in August? I did the full as a training run and just sneaked under 3.

Have got a decent block of training in but not really raced for a long while so not exactly sure what shape I'm in. I reckon 2:42 could be possible on a perfect day but it looks like it's going to be pretty windy so I'll be delighted with 2:44. Will hopefully find a group to run with and share the workload with the wind.

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