In short: Fantastic experience In full: That was really good. The number of marshalls was outstanding. I was proper nervous about my first marathon but it went really well. Lots of crowd support in the villages but very little in Abingdon itself which was a shame. I felt like a proper runner doing the last 300m on the track and just managed to beat 4 hours. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! Thanks so much to the organisers Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: Very enjoyable marathon In full: The very fast course attracts some very fast runners (well compared to me anyway!) so I would agree with a previous review about it be lonely for the slower runners compared to a lot of marathons. The organisation was very good. Plenty of drink stations and supportive marshalls. The route was a lot more scenic than I expected. The walk back to the car was longer than you want after 26.2 miles! Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: Fast, flat and superbly organised. In full: If I have one gripe it is that I could have spent less time running through industrial parks. That said I realise that they might be hard to avoid and are easy to marshal - probably a significant factor in a race of this size. Big thank you to all the marshals and organisers! Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: chilly start - warm glow at thefinish In full: freezing cold start - soon warmed up, course was well organised with good support from the marshalls. Course is a little dull - going up and down the kerb on the footpaths was not my idea of fun (my usual races are x-country) but for speed this is a great race - having removed the hills from my usual races I chipped 30 minutes of my PB - so the race did what it was suppose to do.
In short: Fast course with great organisation In full: This is a flat course so definitely one for a PB- I managed to knock 15 mins off mine! The majority of the course is through nice countryside with a small section through an industrial park which perhaps isn't as nice but there was great support from the water/feed station to push you along. Organisation was fantastic- started on time and there were plenty of marshals along the entire course who did a brilliant job of cheering you on and controlling the traffic. Water stations were frequent- I think every 3 miles, maybe closer than that and there was bottled lucozade at around mile 14/23 (it did state in the leaflet sent in the post that these would be at miles 12 & 21 though). All in all this was a great race and I will definitely do this again. The only bad thing was how freezing it was but I can't hold that against the organisers! Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: I said never again lastyear. In full: All aspects of the organisation was spot on, the Marshalls were excellent and plenty of water stations. Its just the course doesn't do it for, I can't put my finger on it why but I run faster on much harder courses. It's just down to personal preference don't let me put you off, it's a great Marathon for first timers and vets alike. See you next year! Date of review: October 17, 2010