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Nov 21, 2011

Almost Athletes at Abingdon Marathon - 16th October 2011


After a chilly but bright start on the athletics track of Tilsley Park, the Abingdon marathon got underway with close to 800 competitors. A good representation of Almost Athletes were in attendance, including 6 members of the same running family putting sibling rivalry to the test.

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After a chilly but bright start on the athletics track of Tilsley Park, the Abingdon marathon got underway with close to 800 competitors. A good representation of Almost Athletes were in attendance, including 6 members of the same running family putting sibling rivalry to the test: Karen and John Galpin, Mark and Anne-Marie Willicott, and Ian and John and Bailey. After following a figure of 8 route through The town centre and through the villages of Drayton, Milton and Sutton Courtenay, the race finished back on the track at the stadium, after deviating through the adjacent park. first home for the club in a time of 3 hours 26 minutes was Karen Galpin who managed, by pushing hard through the latter stages of the race, to gradually catch up and overtake team mate Ingrid Harris who was delighted to break the 3.30 barrier for the first time in a personal best time of 3.27. Hot on her heels was marathon newcomer Paul Thomas who had a cracking run, well paced throughout, to finish in 3.28. Next to appear on the track was Mark Willicott, fresh from his marathon success at Leicester the week before, finishing in 3.32. Newly wed John Bailey's personal best time of 3 hours 50 was testament to his consistent training and focus. Anne-Marie, however, suffered with sore knees from early on but still managed a sub 4 finish (3.57), closely followed by a delighted Pete Twinning. Julie Bridge's recent training and hard work paid off with a 4.05 finish, some 15 minutes quicker than her last Abingdon race, John Galpin followed up in 4.07 and less than a minute later, Claire Cook surprised herself with a strong finish, just 2 seconds behind Dave Elliott.