Oxford Half Marathon.
Adrian Mason in his own words.
I finished just 3 seconds off my time last year, with an official time of 1:29:37 and i was just 12 seconds off my half marathon PB.
Considering the year I’ve had, coming back from Injury and the torrential rain we had on the day, this was a surprising result which I was delighted with.
Flippers may have been more apt than trainers but having battled through the rain, I was more than happy to secure another sub 90 finish.
Mental strength played a big part and I was certain the 1:30 pacer was not going to pass me. As always, it was a very well organised event by Virgin and the crowds and support music/bands were just superb.
Tom Horbury in his own words.
Oxford is a town normally full of students and cyclists but on the 13th October it was over run with 7000 runners who arrived to run the Oxford Half Marathon!
It’s 9.30 and the claxon sounds for the start of the half marathon, after 10minutes I eventually crossed the start (I was at the back with me old friends tinky winky, la la and po, yes the Teletubbies are back!) heading towards Summerton and past some of the world famous university establishments. We spent most of the time avoiding the standing water, tourists but strangely no cyclists!
As we headed out of Oxford the rain starts to pick up tempo…ok, this rain is getting silly, a snorkel and flippers would be more appropriate but the plus side is, it’s keeping us cool!
We headed towards Marston village where we encounter a hill, well it’s more of slight incline around the village, we then head back towards Oxford! The rain has let up slightly but a drowned rat would be drier than me at this point and to be fair I just don’t care!
We come back into Oxford, past the slightly over energetic water station and into the park.
It’s a bit muddy and a lot of puddles but the thing that got me is this : we are soaking wet, there is not a single part of us that is wet but people insist on jumping over the puddles or running around them, why? You can’t get any wetter!!
Anyway, the finish line is a welcome site, even if it’s just to get dry! OK, the medal was cool!! I crossed the line in 2:9.09 sec! That’s nearly 8 min quicker than my pervious PB.