Abingdon A.C.

Abingdon Athletics Club
Tilsley Park, Dunmore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU
Club Secretary: Carrie Bolton - secretaryabingdonaac@gmail.com

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Abingdon A.A.C.

 
The Race
About the Abingdon Marathon
 
We look forward to seeing you for the AKZO NOBEL ABINGDON MARATHON which takes place on Sunday 22nd October 2006. The marathon starts from Tilsley Park in Abingdon at 9:00 a.m. with the wheelchair race starting five minutes earlier.

Under UK Athletics rules - Permit No.6428
BARR silver grade

Rated 3rd favourite UK marathon (Runners World Feb 2006)

Entries STOP PRESS
THE ENTRY LIMIT OF 1000 HAS ALREADY BEEN REACHED AND WE HAVE CLOSED ENTRIES, BOTH BY POST AND ONLINE THROUGH RUNNERSWORLD.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list download an entry form from our website and send it with a cheque made payable to Abingdon Marathon for 18 or 20 (affiliated or unaffiliated) to PO Box 57, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6XR. No e-mail requests accepted no cheque, no entry on the list! People will be notified by 31 August 2006 whether they are in or not.

If you have already entered but wish to withdraw from the race you can do so and can either donate your entry fee to our charities or our Entries Secretary will send you a refund. The deadline for this is 31 August. So if you cannot use your place, why not free it up for one of those people on the waiting list.

Note - ignore this paragraph now - Enter online at Runnersworld Online entry
Entry fee: 18 affiliated club members, 20 unattached (inluding 2 levy to SEAA). There is no extra charge, and you get instant confirmation.

All runners must be at least 18 years old on race day

To download the entryform click here
Alternatively you will find the entry form via the Information & Activities drop down list on the home page. Follow the prompts through the Information Centre, Club Document Library, and select Marathon. You can then print the entry form and send it to
Abingdon Marathon, PO Box 57, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6XR

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY

Race packs will be sent out in the second week of September.

Team entries:
Only non-club teams need to be declared. First four men / three ladies score based on finishing positions.

Championships
The marathon will incorporate the following championships: Oxon County Championship, Middlesex County Championship, Berks County Championship, RRC Championship, British Masters Athletics Championships, SCVAC Marathon Championship and British Army Marathon Championship.

The route
The course follows the same route as the last four years, and is run on the road over a flat course that takes in both Abingdon and the rural areas around the town.

It starts at Tilsley Park Athletics Track, touches the edge of Radley village to the east, and after passing through the town, it goes southwards through Drayton, Milton, Sutton Courtenay, and on to Culham, where it crosses the River Thames.

Runners will then return to the town once more before going west through the local villages of Cothill and Shippon. The race returns to Tilsley Park for the finishing line.

For those who use wheels
Wheelchair athletes are most welcome. With the exception of the two bridges over the Thames the course is about as flat as they get.

To keep you on track
Digital clocks are normally mounted upon the lead car and at the finish. Times are called and recorded at both the half-way point and finish.

Medical cover
Medical cover is provided throughout the race both on the course and at the finish. If you cannot complete the race, vehicles will be on the course to collect you and take you to the finish just remember to tell a marshal.

To keep your spirits up
Drinks stations every three miles, as well as orange squash, biscuits and other goodies at some of them.
The course will be supported for six hours.
Police cover. Some temporary road closures to keep your way free.
Loads of marshals cheering you on. (Over 100 marshals on the course, and another 85 handing out your drinks)

To the winners
Prizes and trophies in each category:
Men
Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Male Vet 40-49: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Male Vet 50-59: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Male Vet 60-69: 1st.
Male Vet 70+: 1st.

Wheelchair athlete: 1st.

Women -
Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Female Vet 35-44: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Female Vet 45-54: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Female Vet 55-64: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Female Vet 65+: 1st.

Extra prizes may be awarded, depending on the number of athletes.

Team prizes
Men: First prize - four finishers.
Woman: First prize - three finishers.
Twin Towns Competition trophy: three finishers. The prize will be presented in the evening at Tilsley Park. Athletes and friends are welcome to join Abingdon Amblers, our friends from Argentan, our twin town in Normandy, and the Mayor of Abingdon, who will make the presentation.

County and other Championships
Presentations will be made by the respective associations.

Even if you do not win
All finishers will receive a marathon medal.
Spot prizes to some lucky people, but not all we are working hard to get as many as we can.
Lucky runners who are caught by our camera on the finishing line will have their free photo included in the results pack. Do remember as you run through the finishing line that if you are pressing your own watch you will probably be covering your number and we wont be able to identify you. So if you want the photo why not raise your hands in triumph as you cross the finishing line - and rely on the overhead clock and our timekeepers for that split second timing!

And afterwards
Blankets, hot and cold drinks, and biscuits to revive you after your marathon.
Showers and changing facilities.
Post-race massage
Free comprehensive results sent out after the race

For your comfort
Extra portable loos again this year.
Baggage lockers, and further storage for bags at Tilsley Park.
Refreshments on sale in the bar and outside.

Results
We hope to get the provisional results on the marathon website on Sunday evening after the race. Please check your result, and send any queries immediately to abingdonmarathon@aol.com. If you would like a complete set of results posted to you please indicate this on the entry form, or email us. The results should also be published in the Oxford Mail and the Abingdon Herald.

Car Parking
Car parks will be a ten-minute walk away (a good warm up for the race), at Abingdon College, and next to the golf store, at Fit2Run.
There will be no parking at Tilsley Park the race starts from here and the police insist we keep access clear for the runners.

Want to provide your own drinks?
If you want to have your own drinks during the race, let us know, and bring them to Tilsley Park on Saturday before 2.30pm. Your drinks should be clearly labelled with your number, and which drinks stations you want them at. We will then arrange for them to be taken to the right table. Remember, we cannot do this if you bring them along on Sunday!

Please tell your friends and supporters
Spectators must not follow the race by bicycle or car. We should emphasise that this is unfair to the runners and can be dangerous. In addition parts of the course are inaccessible to vehicles. Thames Valley Police will be on hand throughout the course at traffic hot spots or hazardous junctions, to help both runners and drivers.

You need somewhere to stay?
There are lots of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in and around Abingdon. The ones central Abingdon get booked up early, so if you are planning to stay, don't delay. Try the local
Accommodation Guide

And who are we supporting?
Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford - provides care for people in Oxfordshire with life-limiting illnesses, and support for their families. Sobell Hospice Oxford
See-Saw - Grief support for the Young in Oxfordshire. Tel: 01865 744768. Email: fundraiser.seesaw@ukonline.co.uk
If you would like sponsor forms let us know or contact them direct. The marathon will also be donating to our charities.

Helpers always welcome
If you or your friends would like to contribute to the success of the Abingdon Marathon, why not offer to marshal, help at one of the water stations, put up or take down signs, give drinks to tired runners at the end, hand out medals or spot prizes .... The list is endless. The more volunteers we have the more we can ensure a good experience for runners. Email us at abingdonmarshals@btinternet.com.

 
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