In short: Super Flat In full: Very well organised and marshalled course. Super flat course with some very slight gradients. Ideal autumn marathon for an assault on your PB. Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: Great Race In full: A great race and a pb to boot for me. Many thanks to all the organisers, marshalls, those that helped at the water stations and the loud supporters in Preston Road.
Very different atmosphere to London as it felt more runner orientated. Everything catered for, good setup at the start and throughout the course, although handing the bagage in could have been speedier. Marshalls offered great support and controlled the traffic well which can be a difficult task with impatient drivers.
Goody bag was a bit sparse, personally I would have liked a banana at the end.
In short: Top race In full: This marathon really ticks all the boxes for me. Fast,flat course, superb organisation, excellent marshalling and great weather :-) Not quite as scenic as I expected (but perhaps that was just me), but really would recommend this to any potential marathon runner.
In short: Another awesome event. Thanks and congratulations to all involved. In full: For me, Abingdon marathon exemplifies everything that is best about running. A jewel in the UK's marathon crown. Do it do it do it. Date of review: October 18, 2011
In short: Just a brilliant day In full: No wonder that this Marathon is a favourite and entries close within days. The organisation is exceptional and they even arranged for the weather to be cool. still and dry with the sun only coming out near the end! The only downside is the double passage through an industrial estate but if this is the cost of keeping the flat, fast course so be it. The marshalls were most supportive and made up for the small crowds by the intense enthiusiasm and noise that they generated. Well done Abingdon, more of this please. Date of review: October 18, 2011
In short: Excellent organisation, marshalling and support In full: I can only agree with the previous comments. Mention must be made of the writing on the pavement at around mile 15 - Paula, Haile, etc - very inspiring. I did this marathon 29 years ago and had forgotten the delight of Didcot Power Station (twice). Date of review: October 18, 2011