Archives – October, 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

River Thames Litter Pick in Abingdon

River Thames Litter Pick
Land and canoe litter pickers lined up for a photo taken by the Abingdon Herald before the start of the morning’s litter pick – along the Thames between Abingdon Lock and Abingdon Marina.
River Thames Litter Pick
It was a lovely October day for such an event. Not only were AbiBinit! and Abingdon Carbon Cutters involved,
River Thames Litter Pick
and the Kingfisher Canoe Club,
River Thames Litter Pick
there was also Colin, who is often to be seen collecting litter, with his trolley. He has been doing it voluntarily for many years and got a Mayor’s Award in 2014.
River Thames Litter Pick
 Two or three hours later there was a pile of blue bags at Abingdon Lock ready to be sorted. The bigger stuff had been moved over to the top of the lock.

The canoes were not only useful for litter picking the river, they also transported the heavier stuff and bags up the river.

5 Comments October 20, 2018

Sophos and River Litter Picks

Sophos and River Litter Picks
Thankyou to Gareth for this picture of The Sophos IT team who went litter picking last Thursday (11 Oct) around the science park and streets of Abingdon and collected 48 kilos of rubbish. The equipment was kindly provided by the council.
Sophos and River Litter Picks
There will also be a litter pick starting at Abingdon Lock this Saturday morning. The Kingfisher Canoe Club will be clearing the river and others will clearing the banks.

5 Comments October 19, 2018

Silent Silhouette

Silent Silhouette
Thankyou to Peter for sending a picture showing that one of the three silhouettes, mentioned at yesterday’s council meeting, has already been put up at Roysse Court.

The Royal British Legion have produced a variety of silent silhouettes to symbolise the communities that took part in WW1. The silhouettes are being displayed across the country by businesses, local authorities and individuals.

1 Comment October 18, 2018

Town Council meeting in North East Abingdon

Town Council
As work continues at the Guildhall, the Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council meeting was moved to another part of town.
Town Council
The council met at the North East Abingdon Community Centre, next to the Peachcroft Shops.

The meeting began with the presentation of grant cheques to community groups. Then members of the public were allowed to speak.

A business person gave an update about the closure of the BID (Business Improvement District) after a petition showed businesses overwhelmingly wanted the district council to wind it up. But questions remained about BID accounts and when businesses would see some of their money back.

Pat Bryden showed the maps she is a designing as a tribute to Alan Bryden, an ex Councillor. They will be the other side of the River and Rye Farm car park.

There was a question by Councillor Angela Lawrence, the one Independent on the Council, about progress on the Community Led Plan, something she is keen on. She was told that only 4 people turned up at the last meeting by the Chair of the Plan Committee, who is waiting for community groups to come back having made progress on their actions before calling another meeting. The Chair said it was a Community Led Plan not a Council Led Plan.

The Mayor announced forthcoming dates which include the Over 70s Christmas Party on 17th December, and a quiz at a yet to be decided date – due to uncertainty about the Guildhall.

There was some discussion about the Guildhall where refurbishment is over budget by over £300K due to 3 unforeseen factors: the need to remove asbestos, water ingress issues, and the biggest factor – changing regulations for fire detection and emergency lighting .

However the chairman of the Guildhall Committee said they had the money thanks to the £1.2M pot that the District Council gave to the Town Council to take over the building, and the money saved because the Guildhall has been closed for three years. The old and new parts of the building will be outsourced and run by the company who are going to open the cinema in the Abbey Hall, and that will mean reduced running costs for the council. The building will also be fit for the next twenty or thirty years. It had been neglected in the past under the previous owner – the district council.

It had been proposed that 3 flags be erected in the newly refurbished Roysse Court, at a cost of £5K, but the Council decided not. Councillor Pat Lonergan said the town was over-flagged anyway. The council are to purchase a WWI memorial bench and a WWII memorial bench for the Roysse Court.

Three silhouette soldiers have been given to the Council who wanted to find a good location where they would not be vandalised. They could go in Roysse Court or beneath the County Hall Museum.

The Council flicked through a lot more committee minutes with few comments. There are of course the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War Years events in Abingdon. They include a Bun Throwing on 10th November, and a special service on the same day with readings from the Roll of Honour.

11 Comments October 17, 2018

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