In short: Great race - loads of marshalls - well done to Abingdon In full: My first Abingdon (2nd Marathon). Good race. Negatives Car Parking a bit too far from the start and a bit un co ordinated around the start / finish in the arena. Positives - Once on the way the first few miles were on roads to stretch the field out before the narrower paths. Very scenic for much of the course. Loads of Marshalls and plenty of well stocked water stations. Mileage markers well placed too. The local people came out in their numbers to support all runners, which help me get around in a pb time. great day! Date of review: October 20, 2009
In short: Nice road race In full: Excellent organisation. parts of the course were a bit dull but the support from the crowds was great. I did wonder where we were going at the end before the finish on the running track. I did not enjoy the weaving in and out of the shoppers in Abingdon around mile 23/24. Date of review: October 20, 2009
In short: Great race In full: First time at Abingdon and really enjoyed it, you can sense this race is put together by people who know what runners like/need in a marathon. Marshalls were excellent - well done Abingdon Amblers Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation, great marshals, quick course In full: A really well organised marathon, on a fast and flat course with definite PB potential. Mile markers were accurate throughout - apart, possibly from the first mile, as every mile from there on came about 250m past the mile point on the Garmin.
Marshals were brilliant, very well organised and helpful. Great to see the iPod/MP3 ban as the roads were open around the course, but was less impressed to see one runner from the host club being cheered on by marshals wearing a blaring pair of headphones knocking out banging dance music. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Nice flat course and excellent weather conditions this year meant a lot of PBs. I liked the track start/finish and chip timing too. In full: Bottles of Lucozade sport at two drinks stops were really good for getting some decent hydration in without slowing down. The only teensy slowness in the course was a pedestrian underpass about a mile from the finish. Organisation seemed excellent, though the website doesn't get updated much. Definitely one to go for if you're chasing a PB. Date of review: October 19, 2009