In short: Well organised nice quick marathon In full: Very well organised with lots of marshalls. A real bonus is that the marathon starts and end at running stadium. Hence there are lockers, showers and a bar!
The course is flat (a few minor slopes). The course loops through Abingdon a couple of times so it is spectator friendly. Can't say the same a few motorists who we complaing in the Town Centre that they were being held up. If the busiest streets in the UK on London roads can be closed for a marathon then I don't think it should really be an issue for motorists in the 'metropolis' of Abingdon to suffer some minor delays on a Sunday morinng. (I guess he was irate as he was delayed in picking up his copy of the Mail on Sunday from the newsagent 200 yards from his house). Rant over.
The course had definite PB potential. There are some frustrating twist and turns in the last 800 metres but apart from that it is a great course.
If you are looking for a UK autumn marathon, then your search ends here.
In short: well organised marathon in a nice town In full: The marathon course follows a 2 loop. After the half marathoners filter off then the field slims down. This can mean spells of running alone but you are always in view of other runners. The course is fairly flat with 2 hills. There is a downhill section that is on a 14% decline, which can be hard work on 2nd lap. There is a longer section along the dis-used railway (greenway) on 2nd lap, where there is little support and the straight featureless chalked based path can get boring.
The marshalling is excellent and the general organisation is great. It would be better still if there was isotonic drink available on the 2nd lap. It would also help if there could be some attempt to organise the mass start so that runners line up based on estimate of how long it will take to do the first half.
In short: Good, fast marathon wam up In full: Regular emails leading up to event with news etc. Race was well organised (pity about queueing for car park for 40 mins). Early start makes it difficult to get public transport to event. Long toilet queues but then again when are there ever enough toilets at a race? The mug is ok but nothing flash but too me honest I prefer this to a rather cheap tacky medal.... though a t-shirt would be prefereable. Drink stataion well stocked, especially with isotonic pouches and bottles.