In short: Ideal for a PB attempt and for first timers In full: Well organised, with lots of hard working marshals and volunteers. I thought the new, two lap, route was better than the one used in 2006 (with the bridge over the A34 at around 18 miles and the long loop around the airfield). The laps also give spectators the chance to see runners a couple of times. A few bits were challenging, particularly the underpass, but then there will also be challenging bits in a 26 mile course. Starting at the stadium helps to avoid too much bunching and overcrowding, while finishing at the stadium is ideal. I would recommend this race, particularly for first timers and for those looking for a PB. One suggestion is that perhaps the race pack should include a detailed map in future. Finally, my thanks to everyone who organised this event.
In short: Very well organised with great PB potential. In full: Excellent signing and marshalling. Course is not dead flat, but rises are so gentle that I was able to run a near constant pace for a PB without worrying about them. Always good to finish on an athletics track with a grandstand. Though technically not traffic-free, it was never a problem. Majority of scenery is OK but uninspiring, but a few really nice bits such as through the historic town centre and past sailing boats on Culham Reach. Plenty of water/drinks stations were welcome, but not sure why they did orange squash rather than proper isotonic energy drinks. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Stadium start & finish, brilliant first time marathon course, superb support,t couldnt have wished for a better race. In full: As a first time marathon runner, this is i think the perfect event to start with, I faded badly from mile 21 but this wasnt the course or organisers fault and there was constant support from marshalls and a small but vocal crowd to keep me going to the end. Sense of camaraderie is i think summed up by one runners story on the forum of a marshall kicking a care and telling the driver to f*** off when he drove too close to runners. Also there is a great threadn the forum with loads of posts to support you through training and a series of "trains" arranged with runners to take runners to planned times sub 3, sub 3:30, sub 4 etc.
This is not the most picturesque of courses but for anyone who is used to running in and around cities nor is it the worst. It is predominantly but not exclusively flat. Ideal as a first marathon or for PB attempt my advice would be - GO FOR IT. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: A superbly-organised and friendly marathon. In full: A great race, really well organised and marshalled, with plenty of water stations and support from the various people involved. Thank you to everyone for putting on such a great race. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Thanks for In full: A really enjoyable race, even though my shin splints rared up after 23 miles!! Really well organised, with a seemingly endless army of marshalls, all encouraging and supporting us. A lovely mix of country and town - didnt realise Abingdon was so picturesque - and very flat, though it is nice to have some downhills as well! The route is quite confusing, ever increasing circles spring to mind, and jusy when you think you're done, a lap of the park, and one of the track!
Despite cramp and the shin splints, still ran a PB, and will be back one day to do it again.
In short: Well organised event, thanks to Abingdon Amblers In full: Good friendly atmosphere to take part in, more support than expected on the way round but still some long sections with no-one around.
Found the 2 lap course mentally challenging, also too much up and down on pavements which was a nightmare with fatigued legs later on.
Facilities at start/finish were good for runners, not so good for spectators - needed to be more laid on for refreshments.
Overall though very well organised and thanks to the many volunteers who gave up their time for this to take place. I will have to return in the future to make up for blowing up at 22 miles this time though..... Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Great race, well organised, flat, great supporters, In full: My first running of this marathon, and my goal was to not walk. and i din't walk. The course is flat, yes there are a few inclines and thus some declines (other than my running form) Nice friendly people and a cuppa at the end was great. And everyone was very supportive and friendly.
This is better than the big city marathons as there are enough people to make a great atmosphere but not too many to make you fell like a number.
I missed the first cut of numbers but got put on the waiting list - what a great idea, and i got 999 so had some extra support from people on the course - lets be having you, etc..... Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: very good course for first timers - as it's flat and not too busy. In full: Great if you need lots of support - my friends were there running alongside me at mile 23/24 when I really needed them Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Loved it, PB by 15 mins. Great Stadium finish In full: Fast course, no excuses not to run a PB. Course was mostly scenic, with just the odd bit in an industrial state. Plenty of water stations and good support at times. Only gripe is a the stretch at 24m, when your most tired and have to negotiate a steep windy subway and also pedestrians through the town! But really thats just nit picking. Date of review: October 20, 2008