Published on March 22, 2016
The Abingdon Marathon
The Abingdon Marathon was first held in 1982 and, with the exception of the abandoned 2007 event, has been staged every year since. This late season marathon has an exceptional reputation for being fast and flat and regularly attracts a strong competitive field with some blistering times laid down (plenty of ‘regular’ runners enjoy it too though…)
Starting and ending at the athletics track at Tilsley Park, Oxfordshire, the course – largely unchanged for some years – heads out towards Didcot for a double loop before returning through the historic market town. The start is always a little too crowded but the mini-stadium finish with a half-lap of honour encourages a good burst of energy, as does the unfailing enthusiasm of the always-excellent race marshals. Crowd support is patchy, but always superb through Abingdon itself and the surrounding suburbs and villages.
Entry fee for the Abingdon Marathon is £40 for affiliated runners and £42 for unaffiliated. This popular 26.2miler always fills up quickly so enter soon if you want to test your PB potential. Details at abingdonmarathon.org.uk and take a look at the RunningMonkey video below from the 2015 Abingdon Marathon…
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