Abingdon Marathon 2018

October 21, 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.

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3 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  October 22, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Great effort by all concerned – congratulations!

  • 2. pjh64  |  October 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Makes me tired just looking at the photos.

    Congratulations to the organisers and participants. Quite an achievement to cover that distance at walking speed, let alone jogging / running.

  • 3. ppjs  |  October 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    An amazing run by the double buggy pusher. Would have won the event if he had run “normally”? Then he and his wife would have each won their race. However, they are probably delighted with being world record holders.

    That’s enough excitement for me; I’m going for a lie down.

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