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
In short: Enjoyable race, fantastic marshalls, great weather In full: Enjoyed my third marathon - although i struggled more than in the two previous ones i had done in London. All the supporters and marshalls were enthusiastic and friendly Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Nice Venue, great marshals, nice first Marathon In full: Would say this is an ideal marathon to start with. No real hills of any sort, plenty of encouragement by Marshals and even the locals of the surrounding villages!!
Did like the feed station with the Lucozade Sport drink; I needed that! Pity not all of the 'feed' stations had snacks to keep me topped up.
Loved the medal and the goody bag!
A special thanks to the guy of Winbourne A.C (didn't catch his name)who kept me going with his encouragement through the last few miles of the race! Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: enjoyed the day In full: Good points:- flat course with lots of great marshalls at feed stations including some with Mars Bars!! nice touch that! Some fantastic scenery along the river and nice to run the country paths off road. Stadium start and finish
Less favourable points:- needs better signage for the parking when arriving in the town, some boring scenery around a trading estate,
In short, enjoyed the day, pleased I ran the race, but not on a list of "must do's" for next year. Date of review: October 19, 2009