The Abingdon Marathon 2014 saw two Dursley Runners, Kate Browning and Mouse Clutterbuck, and supporting Gloucester AC athlete Den Evans on the start line.
Earlier in the year Kate had paced Den at the Milton Keynes marathon. On that day Den had been looking for a 03:42 time and ran in at 03:43. The Oxfordshire race carried some sense of déjà vu, but this time Den was on the right side of 03:43, finishing in 03:42:25, with Kate – first home for Dursley – 25 s ahead. Mouse had steady run, but was slightly off the pace of his fantastic 03:36:48 at Berlin last year.
Results: Kate Browning 334th 03.42:00; Mouse Clutterbuck 354th 03.44.43; Den Evans (Gloucester AC) 339th 03:42:25
The Abingdon Marathon is a favorite marathon course for many, well organised with potential for a PB. This year the event attracted two Dursley Runners Mel Williams and Neil Parry. This was Parry’s second marathon of the year and saw Parry improve on his 2011 time by almost four minutes moving him substantially up the rankings. Mel Williams, also running a second marathon, came in tantalizingly close to a sub four hour run, and was just 8 minutes off her time at Edinburgh in May this year.
Results Neil Parry 03:09:05 139th; Mel Williams 04:00:14 536th
Neil Parry made his annual pilgrimage to the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday the 16th. Neil was no longer looking for the holy grail of sub 3 hours but happy to be running. He posted a respectable (I'd be very happy with it. Ed) time of 03:12:58 (Chip time) coming 167th out of 777 runners.
Dave Halford completed the Abingdon Marathon, finishing in 3:47:07. He placed 399th out of 703 finishers. He was on for a 3:42 time then in his own words " I seemed to run out of everything in the last 4 miles" which were completed in 38:20 – about 1:20 a mile slower per mile than the previous 22 miles. Dave is hoping to learn some lessons and improve for the Paris marathon in 2011 in the words the inimitable French duo Daft Punk "harder,better,faster stronger" well at least the last three!
Neil Parry produced a further improvement in his marathon running to post a 03:02:02, a 3 minute PB. the agony being wondering whether he could have gone under the magic 3 hour benchmark.
The introduction of speed work into the training schedule may be helping, but I am sure he won't cut down on the mileage! Further improvement is undoubtably possible.
A side story to Neil's race with some agony involved local runner John Holland from Severn AC, he passed Neil early in the race but then broke down with an ankle injury, after some hobbling he paced a friend round to a 4:16PB John running 30 minutes slower than his previous slowest time.