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Have you tried parking in Oxford recently?
Seems to me that the major problem will be getting council permission for the road closures in the Cowley road Iffley road area.
As for the scenery, I usualy do all my long runs around the ring road and apart from the bit around the mini factory it's not as ugly as a lot of places.
Will wait until the end of July before making a decision but I hope it goes ahead.
Parking is brilliant at the Kassam Stadium - right at the start/finish. It will accommodate many 1000s. Good access from the Southern/Eastern bypass. This is the ideal way to arrange a city marathon, run from a carpark at the city edge, through the city centre and return to finish by your car.
Route looks pretty good as well. Only steepish hill is downhill - the uphills are very gentle!
waccyracer wrote (see)
Evening all, my name is Paul, I was raised on Blackbird Leys, I have Lived here all my life. Imagine my surprise when i came in tonight from a couple of hours hard digging in my allotment to see a couple of people on here having a slight dig at the Leys.
oooh! Sensitive! Posting like that will get you nowhere.
The issue can be regarded as factual or steotypical.
Factual: in 1991 there were extensive riots with poilce getting stoned and people being stabbed after the police tried to crack down on joy riding. Where I come from we don't regard this as the normal behaviour of "Good people". (I come from High Wycombe where our good people are involved in regilously mislead bombings and shoot kids at point blank on the door step.)
Stereotypical: I don't take the steroetype seriously and if you think others do then you have a problem.
If you segregate the working class to peripheral areas with poor access to amenities and then downsize or remove a major source of employment whilst promoting an elite in more affluent areas of the same town, then you will get the odd social disturbance. A lot of effort has gone into rejuvenating the area south of Oxford with varying degrees of success it's just a shame that it took a summer of civil disturbance to get it.
I don't come from or live in BBL but alot of my collegues do, of whom some are more pleasant than others, and I don't thionk it's reputation of lawlessness is entirely deserved.
I hope this race does come off if only to introduce people to a more realistic version of Oxford that isn't university dominated.
this is all getting a bit dithery for me..if they dont give a straight answer soon a lot of people will sogn up for alternative runs that weekend
It sounds as though they have indeed said how they stand right now.
Councils are rather like hippos, large, difficult to get to move (particularly in the desired direction), bad-tempered, and prone to squashing you first and asking questions afterwards. So you have to have some sympathy for anyone having dealings with them!
Fido2Dogs wrote (see)
Councils are rather like hippos, large, difficult to get to move (particularly in the desired direction), bad-tempered, and prone to squashing you first and asking questions afterwards.
The events website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk opened online entries on Friday 24th June, just for your information and closing date is September 11th or when 3000 participants total is reached.
Tells me all I need to know
Dave Box wrote (see)
Hi Guys,The events website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk opened online entries on Friday 24th June, just for your information and closing date is September 11th or when 3000 participants total is reached. Tells me all I need to know
Exactly, it tells you all you need to know and theT&Cs say:
No refund can be given if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.
I am not commenting on if I think it will go ahead or not, I am just saying that they are covering their backs. Do I think it will happen? Yes. Do I think it will happen as advertised today, same route etc? No.
I drove by this morning: typical Sunday morning, and traffoc was heavy. I can't see the council approving the road plan suggested.
My name is Dave Box and I am one of the organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon. Would just want to give you an update on the event. The race is going ahead, we have a permit, the route has been approved, sponsors on board, and we have complied with all regulations and we have been ahead of schedule on this.
Robert has very kindly pointed out that I quote "the organiser claimed he was seeking a UKA licence and they obviously realised he would not get it" which is totally untrue. We do not need a UKA licence as we have an ARC (Association of Running Clubs) permit which is legitimate and at no point did we seek a licence from UKA, lets be very clear on this! I believe,(and this is only my own opinion) that ARC represents "grass root" road running and we are very proud to be associated with them.
To address Miranda's issue, Andy Heyes is also one of the the organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon and when " unfortunately anyone who asks this guy any questions gets accused of being negative" is totally an incorrect statement to make. We would welcome any person to join Oxford Half Marathon facebook and see for themselves this is not the case. Guys, all we ask is please be careful about making inaccurate statements. Of course, we totally accept feedback both positive and negative as organisers I personally believe you have to embrace this.
If you have any questions, please do contact us at www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk under the enquiry link and we will answer all questions.
Also thank you for all your comments on this site, really value the feedback. Just to state again the Oxford Half Marathon IS going ahead and online entries opened Friday 24th June and we have already received nearly 1000 entries. Closing date is September 11th or when limit of 3000 is reached. Please be aware of this and we are just so excited about this event, especially with the history of Oxford and for me personally Sir Roger Bannister breaking the mile record in 1954. Hope to see you there,Dave