In short: Superb scenery, a little hilly in places (nothing major, but there are several gentle(ish) inclines). In full: The start and finishing point and the facilities, medal collection and goody-bag area, were all crammed quite closely together and could have done with being spread out a bit more. The water stops en route were great (from memory, they were every 3 miles). Lastly, the runaway horse/pony incident raised a smile (anyone who was roughly at the 3-4 mile point 20 minutes into the race will know what I'm on about!) Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: This was my second race and the hills made it very challenging. Had to walk some of the last hill, but still managed a PB - so not a disaster. Will definately race next year and run the last hill - even if it kills me !!! In full: As a whole the race was well organised. However, i agree with other comments regarding the 5k marker and Water Point. The water point was very far back and stationed right by the muddiest part of the woodland area. So muddy in fact that i temporarily lost my Right running shoe. Also find that Cups were half filled and by the time you grab one without trying to stop completely you are only left with a 1/4 of a cup !! Also think that Medal was very cheap looking - goody bag was good though.
Those points aside, the scenery was magnificent and everyone that i came across was very friendly. One gentlemen even shared his water with me at the finish line.
In short: Undulating? The liars! In full: Great scenery, but let down by the organisation. Not impressed with water station at 5km, had to wait for water to be poured! It would have helped if there had been distance markers over the last km given the size of the hill and the fact you could not see the finish line. Also it would've been nice if there hadn't of been such a long queue and wait to get your 'raffle ticket' for your final position, then check in, then get some water and sit down, it would have been better to get some water sooner. I nearly collapsed and set of a domino effect in the queue! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: VERY HAPPY In full: First time at this event, and I can not wait till next year. Well worth the 3 and half hour coach journey from Liverpool. Can not fault it in anyway. The T Shirt is the best! That stadium is just fantastic. See you next year. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great race, great place. Some find the final loop disheartening - if you can get past the finish before the first runner is home it's a challenge to see how far you can get before he does! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: As my first 10k race I could not quite manage the hills, but I have a great sense of achievement! In full: My ankles are now killing me, due to twisting all the way through the woods on the mud and wet grass (being near the back I expect it got a bit churned up by the time I got there!) However, I still beat my personal time target despite the massive hills, so although I can't now move, I am really really chuffed I did it! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Senic tarmaced course, Friendly supportive marshals, Good atmosphere. In full: When the race instructions arrived I almost pulled out of this race as the route looked like it was along really busy roads, so I was pleasently surprised that the route was largely on fairly quite roads and along the river.
It was a tough race for me this year as following an injury in August I hadn't really built my distance back up enough for 10 miles so although my photos are absolutly fantastic and show the effort I put in on the day I was disappointed to find on finishing that there were only large or X-large t-shirts left. The L shirt is too big for me to wear even as a night-shirt which is where most of my race-shirts end up. As the race sells out early (6 weeks before the race) it seems to me that they could have ordered enough Small & Medium T-shirts for all the women (No woman running 10 miles is going to want a large one) (I can say that as I was probably the largest woman running on the day.) Sorry to gripe as generally the organisation was very good - but I would really love to have a race t-shirt that fits me. (The entry form could even specify size)
Overall though I would recommend the race and it will probably be on my list for next year. The marshals were brilliant - really supportive and friendly. Nice Course with good scenery and no hills. Good mile markers (I only missed seeing 2 of them) Good water stations Friendly atmosphere Good Organisation Good spread of abilities of runners Fantastic weather Could do with a few more loo's at the start(as always) A long sleeved t-shirt. Good Race Photos Easy Parking (the multi-story was free on Sundays) Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: One of the better races In full: Plenty of everything - parking, changing rooms, showers, scenery, a stadium start/finish, cheering crowds, water stations, runners of every ability, pubs (for after), a castle, town centre nearby, great marshalls and first aiders, gold medal and a PB likely! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great run In full: Despite 6 pints the night before, I managed a PB. I am not sure what that proves but the run was very well oraganised, the weather was superb and there was a good pre-run atmosphere. Cannot wait to the next one in the Spring 2006 Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: I'd heard alot about this race and it definitely lived up to all the praise! In full: What a day! The marshalls were excellent all the way round. I didn't dare walk past the girls at 24; if they could be so enthusiastic and motivated that far into the race, so could I. A big thanks to all the runners along the course with whom I shared a smile and word of encouragement. We did it! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: 2nd go for me and it helps knowing you will have to run up MANY hills In full: A great day, organised, friendly and fun. I beat my personal best and ran the whole way and no walking. It helps knowing what to expect as it is hilly. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Blimey ! That was tough but so so enjoyable ! In full: Not being a country boy running through fields of sheep and cattle was interesting...unlike the SNAKE ! Great event, however some facilities (i.e. toilet?) would be good. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: my first marathon and a perfect event to begin on. In full: Crocked with cramp at 19 miles but made it to the finish. To all marshalls- thanks for the encouragement to get me through the final 7 espeially, as others have mentioned, the girls at 24 miles. Now I know I can do it, I will be back next year for a much better time. Well done Abingdon. I can only repeat what others have said: excellent organisation and facilities, well run and stocked water /feed stations, superb marshalling, nice medal and shirt. 10/10. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: A nice flat course In full: This was my second marathon and I knocked 18 minutes off my first, so you've got to be happy with that. The marshalls were great and the inclines steady, but the traffic was a bit unfriendly in places. The things that made it for me were the other runners who were supportive and encouraging all the way round. I'd recommend this race to anyone thinking of running their first marathon. I must admit however that I nearly fainted at 23 miles when I saw a sign saying 18! I thought I'd made a wrong turn. That cup of tea was a godsend. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: The bell Ringers of Pattingham have hit all the right notes again. In full: Who pinched all the mud? The course has changed somewhat since the early days but it is still a great event.It is a perfect race for anyone who wants to try out multi terrain for the first time.The one thing that never changes is the wonderful tea and fruit cake at the end. Date of review: October 17, 2005