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Last updated: Thursday, 14 September, 2017 at 01:16pm

The answers to a list of commonly asked questions relating to the Abingdon Marathon can be found below.



A01. This race is run under UK Athletics Rules of Competition.

A02. The date and time of the next Abingdon Marathon has been confirmed as Sunday, 22nd October 2017. The race is scheduled to start at 09:00hrs.

A03. The race entry limit for the Abingdon Marathon is 1,200 places. Facilities at Tilsley Park are limited and there are several narrow points on the course which limit the size of the field.

A04. In accordance with British Athletics (formerly UKA) Rules the minimum age is 18 years of age on race day for marathon participants.

A05. Race registration will open after midday on Monday, 6th February 2017.

A06. You may enter the race by going to the Race Entry page on this website and clicking on the link provided to the Run Britain website. There is no additional charge for entering on–line.

A07. The 2017 entry fee for affiliated athletes is £40.00 and the fee for unaffiliated athletes and Army entrants is £42.00.

A08. No, headphones are banned by England Athletics. Please refer to Rule 240 S 5 UKA Supplement – Headphones in the UKA and IAAF Rule Book 2016-2018 available on the England Athletics website. Any runner seen contravening this rule will be immediately disqualified.

A09. In order to meet the requirements for the race to go ahead, there is a 5–hour time limit for this event. If it looks as though you will be unable to complete the course within the stipulated cut–off time, you will be advised to stop and withdraw from the race at the discretion of the Race Director. Should you wish to continue, you will be advised that all marshalling and support personnel will be stood down once the 5–hour time limit has been reached. If you decide you cannot complete the course the sweep vehicle will return you to Tilsley Park. Should you wish to continue you do so at entirely your own risk. No results will be provided for any runner whose finishing time exceeds the 15–minute tolerance over the stipulated time limit of 5 hours. In any such event the Race Director’s decision is final.

A10. Approximately 75% of the net proceeds go to local charities with further donations being made to the local running clubs and organisations who support the event. In the last 5 years the sums donated to local charities have been upwards of £50,000.

A11. Please refer to our Places to Stay page for some ideas of where to stay.

A12. Please visit the Marshals page on the website, click on the Volunteer button and complete the contact form to register your interest. You will be contacted shortly.

A13. All entrants will receive a confirmation email upon completion of their online entry. A list of entrants will be posted on the website (Check Your Details and Championship Details) after a couple of weeks of the opening of registration and will subsequently be updated on a weekly basis until race registration closes. Thereafter updates to the entry lists will be updated on an approximately monthly basis.

A14. It is not possible to defer your entry if you are injured or unable to take part.

A15. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued.

A16. Yes, it is possible to transfer your race number – there are two methods of doing this:
If you have found someone who wants your place, email the Race Entries Co–ordinator with the name and race number of the person transferring their place along with the name and email address of the person taking the number.
Or, if you don’t have any one to pass the number on to, email the Race Entries Co–ordinator with your name and race number and he will offer it to someone on the waiting list (if it exists then). An entry form will then be sent to the person receiving the race number to be completed and returned for the transfer to be accepted. You will have to sort out reimbursement of the entry fee between yourselves. Once the race packs have been sent out (around the end of September) no further transfers will be allowed, so please don’t ask!

A17. If any of your registration details need changing please email the details to the Race Entries Co–ordinator.

A18. Race packs, including race day instructions and timing chips, will be sent out around the end of September and a notice placed on the website confirming the dispatch. If your race pack fails to arrive after 1 week, please contact the Race Entries Co–ordinator including your name and allocated race number.

A19. If you did not indicate your t–shirt size it will have been guessed at and there should be one for you to collect at the end of the race. There is also a range of other t–shirts, hoodies etc which you can buy from our t–shirt supplier on the day.

A20. Bag storage is available. There are also 120 lockers, but you will need to get there early to ensure you get one.

A21. Yes, post–race massage will be available courtesy of Sarah Mead’s colleagues at ProMotion Sports Therapies. The charge will be confirmed in due course.

A22. The race starts on the athletics track at Tilsley Park, Dunmore Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1PU.

A23. The race will start promptly at 09:00hrs. Please try to arrive at least 45 minutes before this time.

A24. There are no parking facilities available at Tilsley Park on race day.

Parking facilities will be available from 07:00hrs at the Abingdon and Witney College, on the junction of Northcourt Road and Wootton Road, Abingdon, and at Dunmore Court, next to the Golf Store and Fit2Run. Please refer to the map on the Venue page. These locations are about a 15–minute walk to Tilsley Park.

Please do not park in the residential areas close to Tilsley Park.

A25. Drinks stations are provided every 3 miles with Lucazade at miles 14 and 23 and sponges are available at the water stations at miles 7 and 16.

A26. The course remains largely the same as that used in recent years. The course details, map and profile can be viewed on The Course page. In addition a printable version is available to download here.

A27. There will be mile markers to mark each mile point on the course.

A28. No, road closures are only in force for the first two and a half miles and last mile, and the B4016 between Drayton and Sutton Courtenay (between the Drayton Road/Milton Road junction and the Brook Street/High Street/Church Street junction in Sutton Courtenay) but other than that all roads are open to traffic. However, stop/go boards with qualified staff will operate at all points where runners have to cross over busy roads.

A29. Toilets (in the sports centre) and portable toilets (in the car park) will be available at Tilsley Park before and after the race. Out on the course the toilets at The Park Club, Milton are available to use shortly after mile 10 (on the first loop) and just before mile 19 (on the second loop).

A30. Yes, this is allowed, of course. However, please take into consideration the weather conditions on race day and make sure you take on the appropriate fluid to ensure you avoid de–hydration.

A31. If you have to drop out, for whatever reason, please advise the nearest marshal and hand them your race number. The marshal will advise Race Control and if you are injured or unwell they will arrange for medical backup. Alternatively, the sweep vehicle will pick you up.

A32. The best places to watch the runners on the course are approaching the 5–mile mark in the market square opposite the museum (– formerly the County Hall), and outside Café Metro in Milton Park by the roundabout where the runners turn north approaching the 10–mile mark. The course involves a 9–mile loop so watching from this position will give you two opportunities to see your family member or friend run passed. You will still have plenty of time to drive back to Tilsley Park and watch them finish in front of the grandstand. There is also available to view and download a Spectator’s Map.

A33. Whilst there is nothing from stopping supporters wishing to ride round in support of a family member or friend please bear in mind that the initial part of the course is closed to all traffic (– including bikes) until the runners have passed.

The British Athletics Rules of Competition also forbid any runner to be paced by a cyclist. Anyone who deemed to be paced will be disqualified.

Cyclists should try to avoid getting in the way and obstructing runners and remember that they must obey all the normal rules of the road whilst following the race.

The British Athletics Rules of Competition also forbid any runner to be paced by a cyclist. Anyone who deemed to be paced will be disqualified.

Cyclists should try to avoid getting in the way and obstructing runners and remember that they must obey all the normal rules of the road whilst following the race.

A34. Please note that no cash prizes are awarded. Trophies/medals are generally awarded as follows:

Oxfordshire Championships: Trophies/medals are awarded as above.

Army Championships: Queries relating to the prizes awarded for the Army Championships should be referred to the Army Championship organisers.

Berkshire Championships: Trophies/medals are awarded as for the Oxfordshire Championships above. Note: These prizes are not presented on the day.

 

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