In short: A very good ten miler In full: First time I have done it. Very much enjoyed it. Excellent organisation and parking right next to the race village. I didn't mind the loops in the business park - it gets you geared up for when you are let loose on the countryside. Got a PB for this somewhat unusual distance. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In short: great if you want to cheat yourself to a pb In full: Chip time ??? the start was a yellow line on the road and the finish was chip timed - go figure! As the runners who started at the top of the hill some 200 mtrs past the start line how desperate are you to get a pb ? Date of review: April 18, 2014
In short: As well organised as ever, this year with perfect weather too! In full: Thanks to all the many marshals that made this event great. Toilets were very nice, but a few extra portaloos would really help to avoid the very long queues if you don't just want a urinal. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In short: Well organised, flat and PB potential. In full: Like a lot of people say, the first 3 miles are not that inspiring as you run them through an industrial estate. However, once you get onto the rural bit, the scenery is lovely as you run past farmers fields, over bridges and through a little village. The race is flat and I was very impressed with the amount of water stations. I think there were 6. The locals and the marshals were very encouraging. I really enjoyed this race and to top it all I got a PB! I'd definitely do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In full: Thank you so much to Folkestone AC for all your wonderful marshals and helpers. Your hard work is much appreciated. The only down side was the women's team prize being given to the wrong team! Should have been Paddock Wood, but the organisers have promised to rectify this. Thanks again Folkestone AC. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In short: As good as ever In full: First time for a couple of years at this race as not doing a marathon this year, and it was as good as I remember. Parking was efficient, number & chip collection was easy, the course is quick and the marshals were excellent. Just a couple of minor points - the PA system at the start was inaudible despite being only 10 rows or so back - the only bit I heard was the 5 second countdown as the runners finally realised something was happening and quietened down. And I'm still not convinced that the 4 mobile toilet units is anywhere near enough for the number of runners. Still an excellent race though and I will be back when it doesn't clash with marathon plans. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In full: Nice spring evening run round lanes. Friendly and competitive atmosphere. Good organisation with helpful email reply before the event. Fast route and nice finish. Date of review: April 17, 2014
In short: Exceeded my wildest dreams In full: I have wanted to do this for a long time and it lived up to all my expetations, it is busy and crowded and yes you can get blocked, but all this aside it is a fantastic event. The support is amazing and I thought the organisation incredible, 36,000 runners and I was on the start mat within 15 mins and I was well back. Unlike GNR where it cat take an hour! Date of review: April 17, 2014
In short: everyone has to do this at least once In full: Grew up watching the london marathon over the years and finally got to run it.amazing atmosphere,plenty of brilliant support and scenery.medal is a piece of beautiful heavy art.some races are good to do and get ticked off.this race has to be done and done over and over Date of review: April 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant. Everything you expect and more. In full: As my first marathon I don't have another to compare it to...as if you could anyway! Amazing crowds, stunning route (well most of it) and such a great atmosphere. My only ONE gripe was the width of the course on the Isle of Dogs. It was down to one lane and despite being in the front 20%, it was really, really tight and bunched up making rhythm difficult. Seemed a bit unnecessary.
That aside it was amazing. I really had no idea how fantastic it would be. London will never look the same again.
In short: Enjoyable In full: Enjoyable low key event with a pleasant relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and some great views near the end.
Signposting and information regarding the starting point could be improved, but I think everyone found it in the end. The course goes up or down most of the way, there are few flat sections apart from the start. However, it's mainly a pleasant up and down, though some sections are quite stiff and us slow ones at the back would resort to walking on occasion.
The views and scenery in the last half are very enjoyable, though, sadly, the first half is less pleasant. Indeed, after a few miles of dreary dried mud and dull trees either side, the consensus among those first-timers at the back was that unless the course improved we wouldn't return. The last half changed our minds about that!
Some sections of the course are clearly used by off-road vehicles, so there are deep ruts and frequent large mud puddles. If there has been rain recently, this could be quite a heavy going course - more of a mudder than a cross-country. Luckily the rain has recently held off, so the mud puddles were just about negotiable.
The finish is a steep drop, then one of those heart-breaking trudges around a field, mostly heading away from the finishing post. Oooh, I hate those. Do all the field circuits at the start, then let us head straight to the finish at the end!
Refreshing glass of squash at the end, and then told the engraved half-pint glass is yours to keep as a souvenir. Lovely! I do like a thoughtful souvenir rather than a medal or t-shirt.
We had an enjoyable weekend in Gloucester, so I wouldn't mind doing this again. Date of review: April 16, 2014
In short: Incredible, electric race! In full: My 2nd time running London and 7th marathon overall, it's just such an incredible race. The crowds are immense, the organisation runs like clockwork and the support is the best you can get. It is like being an olympic athlete for the roaring cheers you get along the entire route. Go for it if you can, a charity place is well worth it too if you don't manage a ballot place. I'm really hoping I can run it again in the future. Yes there are other fantastic marathons that are also well worth it and easier to get into, some with more beautiful routes, but there is just that something about London that really makes it stand out. It feels like the whole city is behind you that day. If you are wondering about applying, or thinking about doing a charity place as you haven't managed to get a ballot place, go for it, you'll never regret it. London will give you everything that you came for and a lot more besides. Date of review: April 15, 2014