In short: A very fast marathon! In full: A great race with some good support in places. Not the most interesting of routes at times, but if you're looking for a fast course this is one of the quickest. Special thanks to the marshals who did an amazing job keeping the runners safe and offering support. Nice t-shirt, and a very shiny medal! Many thanks. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: A Flat and maybe fast, but not easy course - In full: I hate to be critical as I can only imagine the huge amount of effort that must go into organising any road race; let alone a marathon that has adequate toilets at the start, showers (although they were too scaldingly hot to use) which doesn’t involve running 6 laps of a trading estate. But I found the Abingdon course to be a bit too narrow in too many places (and this was near the front end of the field), with footpaths that you couldn’t overtake on and pavements that were both narrow and interrupted with driveways every few meters. The section through the town was also quite twisty and on the way out (at 5 miles) with the number of runners around there were a few too many bollards to negotiate. Support was good through the town and at a couple of patches on the course, but the run into the finish was quite lonely – I guess everyone was waiting in the stadium. On the plus side: the marshals were copious, friendly and helpful – advising on rough patches of pavement and aforementioned bollards, as well as offering general cheer and encouragement. Water stations every 3 miles were great – meant you didn’t have to worry about missing your mouth with the contents of the cup. Toilet queues some of the shorter I’ve encountered – although One final point, that I’m sure many will think if not greedy, just churlish – but a small prize (vouchers from a sponsor would suffice) would be much appreciated for what was literally a marathon effort. – Oh and maybe be a bit more realistic in the race day timetable about when the prize presentation will happen. I missed having a much needed massage as I thought the presentation was imminent.
In short: Great marshals, great support, and flat! In full: Had a really enjoyable run.... This race is flat and greatly organised. It had a lovely atmosphere and everyone was very encouraging. Great PB and I achieved mine... Would recommend this enough runners that you don't spend miles on your own. Date of review: October 21, 2012
In short: Twisty bendy route flattish In full: Well organized run. Course is ok varied route and is flat but still feels like you running slightly up. lots of crossing of roads and some of the surfaces very hard on calfs. Great support from locals and great marshals with well organized water stations. Nice medal and excellent t shirt. Nice cryotherapy showers at the end.my third marathon of the month so fell short of a PB but well worth it. Date of review: October 21, 2012