In short: Very easy marathon to run, you just turn up and everything is pretty much organised for you In full: My third marathon, after doing the London Marathon twice in 2006 and 2009. I can say that this race is much easier to run and easier to get in and out of the event than anything I experienced in London - to such an extent that I doubt I will do London again.
The organisation was superb, the runners were helpful, friendless and, where required, motivating.
Yes, as many have said before, the scenery is dull, but I challenge you to find anyone with 23-24 miles in their legs to look up and say "what a wonderful scenic panorama and look, my leg pain has disappeared and I don't feel tired anymore"... perhaps not.
I didn't train as hard for this as I did for my last marathon, and yet I got a PB by a significant margin!
No downsides at all really. I didn't jump up many pavements or have any trouble passing anyone or get stuck in a bog, or mind the refreshing dip in the cool puddle in the stadium path or find the narrowing of pathways too insurmountable an object to have any effedt on my time.
Thumbs up Abingdon - I'll be back. Date of review: October 22, 2012