In short: I came back for another go at this one!! In full: After last years excellent first marathon and my second one at the disgracefully badly organised Blackpool marathon,my third one just had to be back at ABINGDON! Yes, here they know how to organise things and i would encourage anyone thinking of doing a marathon to try this one first.I only beat my last years time by about 40 seconds (ran the first 18 miles too fast!!)but hey there is always next year! Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: A very friendly, well-organised race... In full: ... and if they could only shorten it by about 7 miles I would add "enjoyable"! An excellent run, fast and flat. Will certainly be back for more next time. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Superb organisation & course. Highly recommended In full: I think the girls on Mile 24 could start their own fan club!
Excellent race with great support all the way round and some lovely scenic villages and countryside. It was nice to run through the centre of Abingdon instead of round the outside which would have been easier to marshall but not as much fun for the runners. Even most of the motorists seemed pretty courteous!
Getting a medal and a photo are ideal momentos from any race and the cup of coffee and a biscuit afterwards was a nice touch. Geat showers too.
My only regret was that I wasn't quite fit enough to get a PB on what was a fast course. Thanks to everyone for their efforts in organising and supporting this - a brilliant race all round. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Big hill steep down worse than up! In full: Fantastic scenery, and doing a figure of 8 means that all of it is different. Although no time limit was given my spectators tell me they had to request that they leave the finnish in place! as they tried to clear it away at 2 hrs 20ish. They did however refrain when requested! Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: They have improved since last year...will be back In full: Better attendance and better organisation than last year. Distance markers were good, but marshalls stationed every 0.5km was not really true, but that was no hardship. Good all terrain run, challenging for all i would have thought.....usual loo comments but even if we all had our own we would still complain :-) Hope its back next year as I believe legoland has been sold? Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Another brilliantly organised Mara from Abingdon Amblers In full: Great Course. Great Marshalls. Great Venue. No complaints from me!! I'll be back in 2006 for a 3rd year. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race, brilliant weather and glorious scenery In full: Really enjoyed this race, I think the weather helped and the support was welcome too. Nice medal at the end, parking facilities good and changing facilities at the swimming pool very good, will do again. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Challenging cross country course but brilliant fun. In full: This course was a bit of everything. There was termac, grass and woodland trails to run on. There were hills, the first (2/3k in)was the longest, but there were enough downhills to compensate. The views and scenary were glorious and the bagpiper was a nice touch which spurred me on. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Abingdon 2006 - bring it on! In full: 3rd mara - 3PB's - 2nd consecutive one here. One small request - next year can we have the wind behind us for the end please? Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: First time I have done this - but it is one to go back to In full: Although it was unseasonably warm, the copious water (and water stations) made it easy to manage at a good pace. Despite still recovering from a muscle injury this summer - and from the previous weekend's hard 10-miler - I was within two minutes of last season's PB. Not too crowded at the start and the field soon thinned out. Most of the course is so close to flat that you couldn't ask for better! Great finishing half mile as well. Special congrats to all of the marshalls and helpers at the water stations, who all did a cracking job. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Well organised and marshalled, ran out of steam at 10 miles In full: Excellent race, well organised and marshalled, even though start was a little late. I was slower than last year, probably down to lack of miles on my part. It was all going well until 10 miles when my legs started hurting. The chicken on the quad bike kept me going till the end. Date of review: October 18, 2005