I'm a Londoner born and bred, so it is with shame I admit this is the first year I've been to view the FLM in person. Many thanks to Meerkat and the URWFRC for organising us at Mile 17! It was great to meet so many other Runner's World forumites, both trotting past (pausing only for a chat and a handful of jelly babies), and lending voice to the cheering.
I spent a joyous race handing out baggies of jelly babies and various chocolate goodies to grateful hungry runners. It was all I could do not extend my cry to "Jelly Babies. Mars Bars. Wine Gums. Jaffa Cakes. Larks' tongues. Badgers' noses. Ocelot spleens..."
I'm no athletics journalist, but I can report on the trend in marathoning wildlife. I am sorry to report the Womble population is on the decline, with only two making an appearance. Maybe the WWF should be notified and capture a breeding pair at the finish line. And although rhinos may be increasingly rare in the wild, they are thriving on the marathon course, with over half a dozen spotted. (Though they were all male, which doesn't bode well for the next generation.)
Pantomime quadrupeds could have held their own race, but I think the camel had the edge, possibly due to the unexpectedly sunny weather providing ideal desert conditions. Scooby Doos are on the up, though only one Shaggy made an appearance, so provision of Scooby Snacks may prove a nutritional black hole. Superheroes are still big. Neither new- or old-style Batman managed to catch up with Superman, and Robin was way behind. Neither Wonder Woman was female. And it was great to see Mr Incredible staking a claim for the next generation of heroes.
And gents, please, do not underestimate the power of jogger's nipple. I'd never seen it in extremis before, always assuming it was a mere mild chafing. But having seen a couple of fellas looking like they took two bullet wounds to the chest, do NOT forget your plasters or Vaseline in future!