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Fencing in Abingdon

Fencing in Abingdon
Swordplay has been around for thousands of years. The Abingdon Sword (pictured above) dates from Saxon times.
Fencing in Abingdon
Modern day fencing is still happening in Abingdon thanks to the Abingdon Vale Fencing Club. The sport provides good exercise, both mental and physical. For more details, their website is at www.AbingdonValeFencingClub.uk, and you can see them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/abingdonvalefc .
Fencing in Abingdon
The club meets at the Gymnasium at Larkmead School, and have a close association with Abingdon School who have two fencers representing the UK at U17 level.

Thankyou to Tony who sent the photos.

Leave a Comment January 7, 2019

Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows

Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
There are a pile of willow trees not very far from the River Thames and Abingdon Vale Cricket Club. All have been marked with the same identifier.
Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
A notice says they are Cricket Bat Willows (Salix Alba Caerulean). So these uniform, light coloured, trees with tight grain are ideal for bats. Each tree can take about 20 years to grow, and can provide enough wood for between 25 and 50 bats.
Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
Cricket bats are graded, but being made of a natural product each is different. Some will fetch a high prices for test players, others will be sold for cricket on the beach . It would be nice to think some of these trees will be used at the nearby Abingdon Vale Cricket Club.

2 Comments December 8, 2018

Abingdon Marathon 2018

Abingdon Marathon 2018
There was a misty start as the Abingdon Marathon began from Tilsley Park at 9am this morning. A group of three runners took an early lead down Dunmore Road.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There were around 770 participants behind them, including a man going for a men’s double buggy world record.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Every road junction on the way was manned by one or more Marshals to control any traffic until the runners had gone by safely – a huge logistical task that was very well planned and executed.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The runners descended Twelve Acre Drive and turned left along the Radley Road before leaving the main highway down Thrupp Lane and through Radley Lakes.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
By the time they came out again onto the Audlett Drive, about four miles into the Marathon, the runners were getting spread out.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Around the course were places where crowds gathered to cheer on the runners, one such place is the Market Place.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There seemed quite a lot of Abingdon Athletic Club members taking part, and a lot of them had low numbers – presumably from being early entrants.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The course then followed East St Helen Street where runners passed the oldest house in Abingdon, and a five mile marker.

The route then went out through South Abingdon and twice round a circuit through the villages of Drayton, Milton, and Sutton Courtenay. The runners came back to Abingdon along Peep O Day lane, twice, and so spectators gathered at the junction with Lambrick Way.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
After the first circuit two runners had a lead of a couple of minutes over the third place runner.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Down Peep O Day was one of a number of the drink stations. This one was run by Abingdon Netball Club.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Number 1 Sarah, and Number 2 Max, from Abingdon A.C., can be seen here along Peep O Day Lane. Having names on shirts was very useful, and the crowd could get even more behind them shouting “Come on Sarah! Max! You are doing well!
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Some time later, at Tilsley Park, after 26 miles, Number 1134 from Bristol had taken a lead of about fifty meters from his main rival.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
He finished in 2 hours 26 minutes, beating last year’s winning time.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The second runner was also well inside last year’s winning time.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
In third place was an army runner who won the army race. (A number of different sub-races take place within the Abingdon Marathon.)
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The first Abingdon runner to finish was Peter Akrill (Hopefully I have got the right picture).
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The man pushing the double buggy finished inside three hours and so broke the world record by over ten minutes and is waiting official confirmation. Alongside him is the winner of the women’s race. She also finished within three hours.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There was a lot of encouragement by marshals and the people of Abingdon cheering on the runners. But many runners had their own fan clubs who followed them round and were there at the finish.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Meanwhile, back in the town centre the sun was beating down and tired runners could be seen running in various states of exhaustion for the next couple of hours.

3 Comments October 21, 2018

Field cleared for Football

Field cleared for Football
This picture was taken from the Causeway of a field that has been cleared next to Abingdon Town Football Club ground. The field is now being used for additional football pitches by the youth training programme. This is part of the plans from the new management team at the club.

2 Comments August 30, 2018

Football and Cricket together in Abingdon on a sunny 4th August

Football and Cricket
The Football Season began today at Abingdon Town Football Club. They played Woodley United in the Hellenic League Division One.

Abingdon are under new management and have brought in some exciting new signings.

Things did not start well. We got to the game a few minutes late, and in the time it took us to walk round the ground, and take our seats, Woodley United scored three times to make it 3-0. Their big number 9 burst through the Abingdon defence twice to score 2 of them. The other was a headed own goal.
Football and Cricket
However, going forward Abingdon Town looked very exciting, and within minutes they got one back and scored a penalty (pictured above). By half time it was 3-3.
Football and Cricket
At half time the reserves came out for a kick-about, as did a lot of youngsters from the youth club programme. We did not have to pay to get in but there was a bucket for contributions to the youth programme.

The second half saw three more excellent Abingdon Town goals. Woodley’s big number 9 also scored and hit the post. So it ended 6-4 to Abingdon.

My better half brought a book to read but only read one sentence. She enjoyed the game, and was shouting for Abingdon Town as she did for England not so long ago – during the World Cup. But she did hope the referee would show a red card to players for bad swearing.
Football and Cricket
Next door at Hales Meadow, Abingdon Vale Cricket Club also put in a good performance.
Football and Cricket
They beat Long Marston by 130 runs to 127.

3 Comments August 4, 2018

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