My third Abingdon and another sensational day. I'd say this is definitely my favourite marathon. Training hasn't been ideal, with flu and a back injury meaning I didn't do anywhere near as many long runs as I wanted. Decided just to run it to enjoy it, with no time pressure. I loved it. Felt really good for the first half, getting to half way in a shade under 3.30 pace (slower than my PB but I didn't care). Slowed a bit in the second half (but not by as much as it felt) and ended up with 3h32m41s. Really really tough, but absolutely loved it. Fantastic organization, amazing marshals and lots of brilliant support. I will definitely be back in 2016, and then a PB will be mine!! Thanks to all who made the event possible.
Legs still stiff as anything, but still buzzing from the race. It wasn't my greatest time, but probably one of my most enjoyable marathons to date.
Just regarding the headphone thing, I do wish that if races say they are banned that they'd enforce it. I personally prefer to run to music, but when races say I cant, I don't. At the Reading Half it seemed every second runner had an iPod on (despite being "banned") and lots wearing them on Sunday too. I know Abingdon follow through with the rule - but I guess in a smaller field it's easier.