In short: We ll Done Abingdon Amblers! In full: 3rd year running and Abingdon still flicks my switch. Good flat course with smiley encouraging marshals. Only down side was that Paddy the overall winner by 3 minutes was disqualified for wearing the wrong number - the majority of runners would have given him the win, afterall he did beat everyone! Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: A fair number on the course to keep you going due to the majority of runners being relay team In full: Only real gripe is the last mile in the park where runners had to fight their way through families and other runners who had finished strolling along the path - not what you need after 26 miles! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Entered last year and the fact that we came back (from Northern Ireland) to do it again shows how good the race is! In full: I captained a team from the CHESHIRE Regiment based in Northern Ireland to run in the Army Marathon Championships. After a hard fast race we emerged as eventual winners which is no mean feat given that two of my soldiers were running their first marathon. A big thank you to all those who supported the "22 Runners" on the way around. Only thing is we have to do it all again next year. Excellent to see the green ribbons at variuos stages on the course. Date of review: October 20, 2005
In short: An excellent race that is suitable for all standards In full: A big thank you to the Spartans for an excellent race. The weather was blisteringly hot with many runners diving off into the rivers along the way to cool off. The decision to sight checkpoints at local pubs was a bit cheeky if not cruel as we arrived hot, hungry and dusty to see Joe Public tucking into their Sunday roast and the marshalls wearing gloves as apparently the beer was just too cold to hold! The atmosphere throughout was fantastic and I learnt heaps from the ten or so 100 marathon club runners taking part and the BBQ at the end gave the chance to pick their brains. All in all an extremely well run event worth travelling up from Salisbury for. Date of review: July 20, 2005
In short: Couldn't have asked for a better run for my first time over 26.2 In full: The weather was atrocious but did little to dampen spirits. The scenery is absolutley glorious especially the views over Pewsey Vale. A big thank you to the organisers and cheerful marshals who stood steadfast in the driving rain to dish out the welcome jelly babies and bourbon creams! Well done Marlborough Running Club. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: A tough course but such glorious scenery reminds me why I run! In full: Any marathon is hard but cross country marathons especially so. This is a tough course with some challenging hills along the way so only a course PB is in the offing.
The event is to raise money for Witshire Wildlife Trust so the run is combined with walkers who set off up to 3 hours before the marathon begins giving plenty of support along the route. The organisation was first rate with frequent water stops and sponge stations and cheerful marshalls to kep you going (A big thank you to Vera and Joyce for the cheese bap at mile 21).
And to cap it all what better point to finish than Stonehenge! Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: What makes this race stand out from the rest is the crowd - The atmosphere gives you shivers down your spine In full: The organisation was fantastic especially the volunteers dishing out the water and Lucosade - couldnt fault it. Only one gripe and that is for people to enter a realistic expectation of finish times - Spent first five miles stuck behind 9 minute milers starting in pen 3 of elite men who should have been doing 7 minute miles or less and some who started walking after 3 miles. Date of review: April 19, 2005