The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Abingdon Marathon 2008


The competitors left Tilsley park at 9 am on Sunday 19th October

About 4 miles into the race this chasing pack come through the Abbey gateway. The leader had gone through 30 seconds earlier. Number 1 in this group won 2 years ago but was disqualified because he had used a friends number. He got it right this time. He was to be third this year - but in a faster time

The course followed Saint Helens Wharf.

This is one of the runners from Abingdon's twin town, Argentan.

The loudest cheer came from near the bottom of Saxton Road

which got the competitors smiling. After this point the competitors left Abingdon on a double circuit round Drayton, Sutton Courtney and Milton ... returning to Preston Road and then out again...

Some time later....

The lead runner came back over the iron bridge. The time car showed 2 hours 18 minutes at this point and he was 3 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. I did try to get to Tilsley Park in time to see him finishing.

But as with 2 years ago I only got there in time to see the second place competitor.

The winner's final time was 2 hours 32 minutes.

This is the first of the Abingdon Amblers finishing in 7th place with a very good time.

The leading female runner came in on 3 hours 3 minutes.

Back in town the runners were still going through for quite some time. The route was through the underpass then up Bath Street.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great shot of a runner with the underpass Ab Marathon image behind - I just love your blog, keep 'running' it - dont stop!! THANK YOU (kristina)

20 October 2008 04:41  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

Thanks Kristina. Comments like yours keep me going.

20 October 2008 19:30  

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