In short: Excellent day out, lovely scenery, friendly marshalls and plenty of water points. Baggage/medal collection needs improving In full: Overall it was a good day out. I was pleased to do 4:04, and really enjoyed the route, which as very well-marked too. Despite the rain at the beginning the paths and trails weren't muddy and the weather was perfect. Plenty of water points, some with much appreciated jelly babies, and helpful, friendly marshals. It was very hard work though getting through the back of the half-marathon field - on the narrow paths with many walking in small groups, and especially people wearing ipods who can't hear someone coming up behind them.
But there surely has to be a better way of handing out medals. The scouts did a good job with the bags, but I waited for about 1/2 hour on very sore tired legs, feeling very shaky, in that stuffy, crowded hall, for the t-shirt. Rather have medals only or t-shirts only and hand out at the finish. Same with the registration at the beginning - why not post the race-number out with the bus pass/race info and do away with that process at the beginning. And then there was the 1/2 wait to get out the car park ....
Despite the negatives I would do it again as the lovely route itself makes it worthwhile. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Excellent race and organisation, nice scenery, quiet roads, In full: I'm a bit biased as this is a local race for me, but I thought it was an excellent race in all respects. It was the first 5m race I've ever done - although I've done 11 marathons, so I found it quite hard from a speed point of view ! Still I'll definitely do it again. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable day out, great scenery, organisation, value for money. Not a fast one though . In full: Overall very enjoyable (I did the marathon).
Best bits - the yew tree forest with the blue string, going through Clarendon estate, Longford Castle, the Cathedral at the end, great organisation for an event like this - with all the different distances on offer, low-key start and finish, friendly checkpoints with jelly babies.
Bits that could be improved - a few mile markers would be nice - or indicate the checkpoints, with their distances on the map, a bit less road.
I found the route very well marked and didn't need the map or instructions at all. The last bit from Wilton to the Cathedral seemed to go on forever on the road and passed the houses - a mile marker round there would've been nice. Not an easy one, but very enjoyable. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: The toughest, but probably most enjoyable marathon so far In full: Very tough, but very enjoyable race.
If I had to find fault I suppose it would be having to stand around at the start for 1 1/2 hours with nowhere to sit, but the rest of the event more than made up for that. Great scenery, organisation, nice t-shirt (even had the right size), plenty of water/energy drink. Date of review: June 17, 2007
In short: Can't fault it in any way In full: The second time I've done this race and it won't be the last. As before the organisation was brilliant, marshalls friendly and supportive, ok local crowd support was a bit thin but that didn't make much difference to me. The stadium start and finish is great too.
I'm not one for huge crowd events and this is perfect - not too crowded and not too small that you're on your own at times. Selling t-shirts - great idea too. And I really like the names on the back, nice touch. I have so many old race t-shirts I've never worn, much better to choose to buy one if you want to - and keep costs down. Oh yes - no problems with parking either.
Abingdon really ticks all the boxes. Date of review: October 23, 2006
In short: The perfect half-marathon - not crowded, flat, scenic, excellent organisation In full: Pity about the wind, but then it affected everyone and no-one can do anything about it. I still managed a PB by 3 minutes though so I was really pleased with that. A great race and I'll definitely do it again, regardless of weather. I think the marshalls had a worse time in the wind and rain than the runners ! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent event - scenic, well organised, sweets at the checkpoints! In full: I did the 20 - my first off-road race and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great scenery, well organised. I live in the area and do lots of running on the roads around Compton so it was nice to see the area from an off-road point of view. Date of review: March 25, 2006