Simon O'Sullivan

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Oxford Half Marathon

Posted: 06/06/2011 at 21:48

The sceptic in me has also dented my initial excitement and enthusiasm so I too will hang on until there's more information. Obviously some of you have good contacts in the running world and it does seem strange that these people have not been brought on board as they will need to muster an awful lot of volunteers and goodwill from somewhere. I would have thought that the organisations involved will have done some due diligence before lending their names to this so lets hope our concerns are unfounded as I feel it has the potential to be a great event. 

Having done the Reading HM and seeing the pride it gives the locals I would love this to be replicated in the county that I'm proud to come from so really hope it happens and is successful.

Oxford Half Marathon

Posted: 03/06/2011 at 09:03

No Helen don't think it's you as I find it the same so not sure what's occurring.

Regarding closing the ring road - can't imagine that happening. I assume there must be a subway somewhere between the mini plant and Headington? There are certainly ways of going under the ring road on the route back e.g. Oxford Rd into Littlemore or isn't there a bridge at Rose Hill? 

Oxford Half Marathon

Posted: 31/05/2011 at 11:19

Just been announced today that this will be on 25th September. Starting from the Kas stad, taking in the mini plant and into town and back to stadium for finish - great for us Yellows fans! Will be in aid of Helen House Hospice and sponsored by Mini.

Can't find much more detail yet other than the below but sounds good to me!

Abingdon Marathon 2011

Posted: 07/05/2011 at 08:47

Ok no problem, thanks anyway.

If anyone hears of an entry going spare can they let me know, cheers.

Abingdon Marathon 2011

Posted: 05/05/2011 at 21:51

Hi bigsmile

 Let me know if your place is still available and I'll take it off your hands. If so PM me and we can arrange from there ...


getting going again after 1/2 Mara

Posted: 08/04/2011 at 21:58

Interested to hear that some of you were struggling for a while after HM particularly those around the half-century in years (ouch!) as I am unfortunately closing in on that milestone. I am still struggling 3 weeks after getting a PB of 2:01 at Reading (only previous HM last March Forest of Dean at 2:15)!

I've been running on and off for fitness for more years than I care to remember and entered the odd race in last year or so. I run on average 2 or 3 times a week, 2 runs of up to 5 miles each and one longer usually between 5 and 10 miles. Can hardly be accused of overdoing things since running the HM but am finding I have little energy and the first mile or so gait feels really awkward and can hardly put one foot in front of the other until I get a bit of rhythm going. Although not trying to beat the clock the five miler is taking up to 2 mins longer than I was doing. I'm resting well between training runs and eating/drinking pretty healthily as normal so am well hydrated. I realise this week has been warmer but would have expected to be back to normal by now.

I'm doing the Oxford Town & Gown in May and was going to enter Tewkesbury HM a week later so now think I'm pushing my luck a bit but surely recovery from a 10K will be quicker than this?

Reading half 2011

Posted: 20/03/2011 at 20:22

Hi FH 

Yes parking worked a treat, thanks. It did seem a real long walk back to the car with heavy legs but hopefully a good warm down!  Did get back to kidlington in time to see most of my lads footie match.

Managed a time of 2:01:13 which betters my first HM at Forest of Dean of 2:15:07 considerably Disappointed not to crack the sub 2mins but nothing left in the tank - absolutely shattered now. Very enjoyable event with great music and support from the locals.  

Reading Half 2011 Spare Race Place

Posted: 13/03/2011 at 13:04
Ok great stuff, thanks. I'll contact you via your message address to arrange if that's okay.

Reading Half 2011 Spare Race Place

Posted: 12/03/2011 at 22:34

Hi Jo - do you still have this going spare?

Official Andy Reading 10K Thread

Posted: 12/12/2010 at 20:01

My first 10k for many years and a great one to choose, nice and flat and my time of 52.01 was better than I'd imagined. 

Well done to the organisers and thanks to Sue from Brackley for helping me to get my number pinned on with my the smallest safety pins imaginable and freezing cold fingers!

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