In short: Lovely marshals, PB course, access, parking & parking good. In full: This could have been my marathon pb by miles. Abingdon did everything right - I just blew it! Will be happy to come back and try again. Date of review: October 21, 2010
In short: This is an event that every marathon runner should do at least once In full: An excellent event - no wonder it fills up so quickly. Simply a must do event.
Fast, flat course with plenty of parking, good facilities once you got to the starting & finishing areas. Cheerful & helpful marshals, excellent goodie bag, teas & coffees afterwards, hot showers & a good viewing area.
Thanks for a good event. Date of review: October 20, 2010
In short: Quick friendly race. In full: Lovely flat course with friendly helpful marshalls. I had to drop out at 19 miles with an injury and was really well looked after by the marshall there plus the sector leader who got me back to the finish.
The supporters, although spread along the course, were all very enthusiastic. Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: A very friendly, well organised race In full: Thank you so much to the organisers and all the marshalls who did such a fab job on sunday. I was expecting less marshalls and perhaps a few little holes in organisation compared to bigger events but I was so wrong. I think it's the best marshalled race I've ever done. I would definately recommend it. The scenery is beautiful in places, mostly lovely, although the industrial bit is a bit dull but there was a great little crowd there to cheer us on. If it's your first marathon and you're a nervous runner or you need cheering crowds lining the course to get you round then this probably isn't the one for you. Otherwise go for it! Thank you to everyone once again for making it such a great day. Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Perfect day for it! In full: Big thanks to all involved, esp some of the marshalls who were getting flak from drivers - I saw 2 incidents, so there must have been many others. The race wouldn't exist without you, so thanks for giving up your time.
The course was a bit twisty turny at times I thought, for pure speed, but provided some variety of terrain to break things up. This was my first 'road' marathon, having done a couple of off road ultras and the Clarendon Mar. last year, and ran a PB of 3:25. The mile markers for lap 2 on the loop South of Abingdon were a bit demoralising first time round, but the marshalls with souped up ghetto blasters were most welcome! Finishing in the stadium was a nice touch that my children enjoyed too. Not my fave race ever, but a good one for first-timers and those chasing a PB. Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Brilliant Marathon! In full: I don't normally comment too much on races, but had to say thanks to the organisers of the Abingdon Marathon. Fantastic marshalling, I crossed open roads of traffic and didn't have to break stride once. Being a two lap system is good too, you get to see your own supporters at least twice. A P.B for me too, well chuffed! Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Well organised race, can't fault it. In full: If you are planning an Autumn Marathon next year do Abingdon. Flat course and perfect organisation, lots of marshalls, get in quick cause it fills up early Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Fast and flat In full: This is definitely the marathon to do for a PB - although I did find it so flat my legs ached more than usual as they had no variety of terrain to shake them up a bit! The marshalls were fantastic especially as they could see I was struggling with cramp and they all offered support and encouragement. Highly recommended if you want to get a good time at a friendly race with a great atmosphere. Thanks guys! Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: My first marathon, but not my last In full: A really well organised race. The marshalls in particular were absolutely great - every single one of them was encouraging despite having stood around in the cold for the first hour or so of the race. I really didn't mind the industrial estate. In fact, it was good to be able to spread out across the road without having to contend with any traffic and the Milton water station crew were some of the noisiest support on the day. There was, in fact, a good variety of road, country lanes, housing estate, town centre and then the grandstand finish on the track. Brilliant stuff! And then, on top of that, a goody bag that one or two big city races could learn a thing or two from. (Bristol half organisers, take note!) The best Mars bar I've ever eaten. Date of review: October 18, 2010