Spring/Autumn Marathons with PB Pontial in South of England

Hi, All

After 4 London Marathons, looking for a flat (ish) course in order to try achieve my ambition of a sub 4hr (current PB is 4:13:25). Don't fancy Brighton as I've had enough of large, busy events, and I think I'd find the course a tad dull (all along the seafront and then back again!). Really interested in the New Forest Marathon but opinions seem divided as to its PB potential. Anyone with any opinions on this or any other races? Ideally looking for Autumn/Winter/Spring events as I hate running in the heat.

Thanks in advance.


  • Milton Keynes could be an option for you as it is pretty flat.

  • Autumn - Abingdon Marathon - very flat and seen as a PB course by many.

  • definitely Abingdon.............but it fills up quickly when it opens......

    or if you broaden the defintion of South.Llanelli in South wales in april is flat and fast

  • Thanks, Guys . . . . going to check out the websites of these races.


  • theres the new Bournemouth one in October image

  • Max's Mum wrote (see)

    theres the new Bournemouth one in October image


    I like their incentives for faster runners, but I'd always be wary of signing up for an inaugural event (unless it was very local, maybe.)  Will be interested to read the reports to see how this one goes next year.

  • Definately Abingdon in October, usually opens 1 Feb and fills up ealier each year. About 1000 max and very well organised.

  • Thanks to all for your replies.

    Had a look at Abingdon and Llanelli but discovered they're two-lappers, and I don't really like multi-lap races (fussy git aren't I? image).

    MK looks good, but straying into May so might be a bit warm? Moray sounds good but probably a tad too far for me to travel. 

    Still interested in doing New Forest as a few hills would be ok and I could cross my fingers that the weather might be pants (as it was this year apparently), but may also now consider travelling a bit further afield and doing Chester (looks good).

    Has anyone out there got a PB at New Forest (having done other marathons e.g. London)?

  • Abingdon really isn't bad as a two lapper.

    For New Forest, have a delve through the results on PO10 :


     e.g. the winner in 2012 ran 2:37:25, compared to an April PB marathon of 2:28:37. All PB's on PO10 for the top 100 runners were for first time runners of marathon distance (at least for marathons on PO10).

    Comnparing with London is difficult due to potential congestion depending on where you start

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