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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Abingdon Marathon 2011 now live

Abingdon Marathon 2011

Pictures from the 2011 Abingdon marathon are now online and available here:

On a crisp morning with a track temperature of 4DegC at 8:30 am and a 15minute earlier start time of 8:45 to avoid clashing with the Mayors favourite event later on in the town the 30th running of the Abingdon marathon gathered and then got underway. It was perfect weather for marathon racing - so a lot of PB attempts were going to be made, the only question for some was would the body break down.

Going through the Abbey arch again this year instead of across the town market square, the race does a 4 mile loop to the East and then south from the bridge to a loop towards Drayton and Milton for two loops and then a return to the track. Here's a Map:

Here's a quick selection from the 28,000 now online indexed and catalogued over the two days since the race took place:
A clean start this year with perfect running temperatures

The full starting line

A brave marshal protecting the bollard

Flying through the Abbey Gate

Ave Caeser
Out along the river to the start of the loop

Free jelly babies on offer from the public supporters

The real Pain of winning

First lady in 2:53:55

Jim caught me by surprise - not just his time, he lives round the corner from me!

what have I done ?!?!?

The Sub 4 victory Punch !

Happiness is common when running

Hanging out with 300m to go
Eyeing a finishing time final lap
Paul delivers the finishing honours

Worth it !
 A fantastic race, perfect weather, PBs all over the place, perfect marshalling, great friendships and familiar faces - things that make the Abingdon Marathon unique and a great race to have a go at (if you're into that sort of thing) and like a flat fast course.

Well done everyone -

And there's a bit of a video here:

Enjoy and until next year, or Beachy Head if you're there on Saturday,

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