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Cento percento the bus service to and from London is pretty frequent and relatively cheap, I use for the London marathon though not sure about buses to the Kassam.
look on Oxford Bus Company or stage coach for time tables.
anyone know if it will start as in other larger races do ..ie: two gates/points , one for sub 2hr, one for over 2hr?
do you like your paper chip timer? look like a wrist band lol...bit flimsy if you ask me..ive always had the credit card style ones before.......hope we dont have bad bottleneck situation thn........
have to say its a new one on me never seen these ones before ,they certainly would,nt fit around my wrist lol
does anyone know how many people have entered
Thanks for all the advice on getting to Oxford. I think that the bus will be the best choice for me as I live in central London and I don't have a car, so hiring a car just for me could be rather expensive.
Getting excited about the race now and looking forward to racing for the first time since London in April. Fingers crossed for good conditions and good luck to everyone for the final week of preparation.
wishing you all well for this HM
we shall hopefully be there to spectate and cheer you all on,
i wont be running as i've been off sick and have personal problems
hoping to return to the curquit for Abingdon marathon - it is only hoping
wishing you all a super run and day
Anete - email:
he should get back to you
Can anyone tell me what sort of time the runners will be going down Morrell Ave?
I know some people who live there who will be wanting to spectate
From the map is it at about 5 miles in?Map on web site not showing mile markers which is a bit odd
dalli wrote (see)
if you get the bus cento you can get off at headington which is just before oxford and taxi it to the kassam for about a tenner or carry on to oxford town center and get another bus to blackbird -leys, then a 10minute walk to the stadium
Not the original person talking about the bus, but thanks for the tip about getting off in Hedington. Will there be somewhere in that vicinity that will be easy to get a cab from, or do you know of any companies that would be best to have the contact number for?
Just got back from local BBQ. Just recovered from injury!
Good luck everyone!! See you all tomorrow!!
really disappointing. Utter traffic chaos approaching the Kassam meant many runners leaving their cars (if they were lucky enough to have someone with them) and walking a mile. There were hundreds of cars behind me, so God knows if they got to the start on time. We were at the turn-off by 8.45, but not into the stadium till 9.20. Then an enormous queue to drop bags off - massively understaffed. Locals told me for OUFC games (with coaches etc) the traffic is awful, so why this was not foreseen and warnings given, I don't know.
The big tempter for me was the stadium element, but unfortunately we started on a side road outside (I;m sure starting inside would have been chaotic, to be fair, with the numbers involved).
Stewards at the stadium were OUFC and didn't know much about the race at all. Start delayed till 0945, but I had to shove my pre-race fruit & choc down very quickly, no time to warm up, and then get in the queue. Couldn't hear the starter with his small megaphone, then walked through the start because of a tiny funnel.
Lack of signs for expected finish time meant wading through hundreds of guys running a bit slower to start with, although a nice wide road meant it wasn't too bad.
Unfortunately with all the stress & rush beforehand, I never digested my food really, and rapidly ran out of energy. Combined with a very dull first 6 miles on the bypass/factory with little support (honourable exception for one little village area), many stewards not talking, clapping or smiling meant I stopped at mile 6. I'll be running 20 next weekend, and could have done with the half, but I'd lost interest & heart, tbh.
I could have plodded on, but also I was just - bored really. No buzz to the race at all. I asked the steward where we were "I don't know mate." Do you know if there's a quicker way to jog back to the Kassam? " I dunno mate". At least he let me borrow his phone so I could get picked up from where I was at.
I guess this highlights when local clubs don't get so involved with the stewarding etc, and lack of local knowledge at the start, gives big problems. Poor volunteers at water stations couldn't get bottles out quick enough. Fair play for trying this, and maybe with significant modification, it will work in future, but more was bitten off than could be chewed today.
I hope the stadium finish was good for the rest of you, and maybe many didn't have such a bad experience. But without a doubt the worst of the 7 half marathons I've done.
Went to provide some vocal support on Old Road as I couldn't run this race but ended up helping man the water station which was massively understaffed. A further 3 passers by also helped to hand out water but this was still not enough for all the runners. I feel very sorry for those running who had to run through the chaos that was the water station, but big up to the random volunteers off the street who just decided to help!
What a great first Oxford Half Marathon. Flat I am not so convinced on that! Support was good all the way round with cheering and even some jelly babies,
As for traffic chaos at start. What do people expect. 3000 entrants probably most going in separate cars. If you have rituals to go through before your race start leave earlier.
Thanks Oxford for a good local half marathon. Will be back next year.
PS Thought medal was well designed. Spires and a mini. True Oxford.
I can see where soe of the criticism is coming from but I think this was a good race, and I enjoyed it. Support from local clubs would definitely help, espeiclally with marshalling and the water stations.
I didn't use the baggage drop so didn't see what happened there and with the car parking, when I arrived at 8.30am there was only a small queue and it was easy to find a space. Having done other city HMs I expected it to be busy and arrived accordingly.
Some bits of the route were really dull, but then how do you avoid that without doing laps? The town & gown route is quite pleasant but very twisty and turny and would not be suitable for a larger race. I do think they could do with more road closures if it's going to become a bigger city HM.
Well done to all those that finished.
How can a Half marathon be boring ??
whether it be rural, industrial, by pass , residential -
surely it's alway a game of mind games ahh -