In short: Well organised, great support, interesting course In full: I found this a great race. There are inclines and twists and turns but it did give variety to the course. Crowd support was great and the only fault I can think regarding the organisation was that I couldn't hear what was going on at the start. The stadium finish was icing on the cake. Not too crowded so didn't feel at any time that I was hemmed in. No queues for the loos at the start, now that doesn't happen very often! Plenty of water stations (bottles - yippee) and the people manning them were very efficient. A friendly race with a big marathon venue feel. I hope this marathon has many more successful years. This was meant to be my last marathon, but I managed to beat my Abingdon time and may be just maybe if the weather wasn't quite so hot I could just go a little bit quicker.... tee hee! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: The best marathon I've ever done! In full: Excellent facilities at the start Really enjoyed the varied course with lots to look at Superb marshalling and organisation Fantastic spectator support Lots of drinks stops + gels Loved the stadium finish - goose bumps! Quality goody bag and finishers t shirt This event is sure to go in popularity Loved it!
In short: Good organisation, undulating, not flat In full: What would have been a very nice run was made challenging by the 21C heat. Lots of parklands and excellent support / enccouragement from locals. However, the 2nd half of the race did seem quite undulating - I train (up to 22 miles) with 3 x Grade 5 climbs and this race ended up being not far short of that (in terms of overall climbing). However, I'm sure it felt alot worse than it should have as a result of the weather. Woudl I do it again - yes, if the wife allows me... Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Hot but well organised and great support! In full: Even though it was a horrible hot day (which normally I would love) , the race was well organised and all the volunteers were brilliant especially the volunteers at the water stations. It was great finishing in the stadium and what I personally liked was at the start there were loads of toilets and therefore no queues. So I could go to the toilet 10 mins before the start not worrying about queuing up etc. I have done London so I thought the support would not be that great but I was totally wrong and there was loads of support and people were really encouraging especially towards the end when I debating whether to stop and not finish but they keep me going. I am not going to do a marathon again but I would highly recommend this marathon to anyone wanted to do one
In short: A great overall race in my home town. In full: A great race that can be taken seriously or just have fun and enjoy the atmosphere along with the huge support. This race has had a huge improvement on last year and i would recommend to anyone. Date of review: May 10, 2013
In short: Good course for first time marathon finishing in the stadium In full: Really enjoyed this for my first marathon although wasn't thinking that at the half way point, mixture of town running ,housing estates and country side with 2 or 3 lakes to run past well marshalled and plenty of water stations, great finish running into the football stadium . Date of review: May 9, 2013
In short: Hot , but a first class race, still buzzing 3 days later. Go For it 2014. In full: Top Race in my eyes should be in uk marathon top ten list 2013. First class support all around the course, said i would only do Mk Marathon once , but know i will be back in 2014, so get your entry in from June 1st,Well organised, like clockwork. Date of review: May 9, 2013