Storm Brian may have done his worst on Saturday but he was still causing extremely windy conditions for runners on Sunday. The autumn marathons continued with the 35th running of the Abingdon Marathon. This race is known for its mainly flat course which starts and finishes on the Tilsley Park athletics track. The race is the County marathon championship for Oxfordshire and Berkshire and also the Army Championship race. Nicole Smith managed to break the 4 hour mark knocking 6 minutes off her pb to finish in 3:55:01.
Closer to home John Warne and Andy Wilmot did the Chelmsford Parks Marathon. This relatively new race is only in its 4th year and raises funds for The J’s Hospice. The course starts outside Shire Hall in the City Centre taking runners along the High Street, through to Chelmer Village and then on to Writtle College, the villages of Roxwell and Willingale before finishing in Central Park. Warne finished in 4:15:57, his second fastest marathon this year, with Wilmot not far behind in 4:18.
Simon Humphrey did the Thruxton 10k on the Thruxton race track, near Andover. The circuit hosts a number of large motorsports events including Formula 3 and British Super Bikes. The course was more undulating than it looks on the television and offered no shelter from the wind. Humphrey was pleased with his time of 43.35 in the conditions.