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
In short: Superb experience. Forget London! In full: What a race. Friendly volunteers. They even run with you while you drink. Magnificent course. Very easy until mile 16. What more do you need. Date of review: April 15, 2014
In short: Pleasant race but needs to be 10k In full: I can't really add to the previous 2 reviews, the shortness of the race was a real disappointment. But there was a very nice atmosphere, and the course is a good one - very p.b'able, but not entirely flat and with some character. I didn't mind running 2 laps of it.
I was one of those who ran on the road for much of the race - if roads could be closed this would add even further to the race. Date of review: April 15, 2014
In short: What a fabulous day In full: This was my first marathon even though I've been running for years. London was the only marathon I was interested in running and a successful ballot place made it happen. My wife died of cancer last year so I ran in her memory & raised money for Cornwall Hospice Care. My target time was 3:30 and thanks RW pacer I managed to achieve it (just). A day to treasure forever - just brilliant. Date of review: April 15, 2014
In short: Fantastic to run the London Marathon! In full: This is a hard race to get into, but all I can say is keep trying! It is an unbelievable experience.. The support all the way around is amazing and no matter how you are feeling, the crowd are willing you on... Going around the Cutty Sark and over Tower Bridge after watching it on TV for years is amazing... and seeing the '385yds' marker and then coming on to the Mall is unbelievable. Keep trying and you will get in one year... It's worth the wait.. Date of review: April 15, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere, awesome experience In full: Bit disappointed to be put in pen 9 (last pen) with a predicted time of 4:30 and after training I thought sub 4 might be possible. One reviewer has already said they managed to get through the crowds and achieve their goal but for me, I found it impossible. I actually ended up running 27.1 miles according to my GPS and I was really trying to stick to the blue racing line and not go well out of my way to overtake slower runners. It seems to be something no one mentions, but in my opinion, if your in pen 7, 8 or 9, your very likely to run at least 26.7 miles as it's impossible to stick to the racing line due to crowds.
All that aside, the crowds were incredible. I've done a few of the big running events in the UK but this was on another level. I had earphones in but 90% of the songs were drowned out by the crowd who were fantastic.
Decent goodie bag at the end and medal to cherrish forever, but no tech t-shirt - I've entered races charging £10 which have provided them!
Overall, a fantastic experience and great day. Whether it'll be a one-off, it's a bit early to say! Date of review: April 15, 2014
In short: BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! In full: unbelievable special race! i did the great North run last year and was so disappointed,i think the only thing great about that race was the crowds,i was sceptical that this was going to be the same,how wrong i was! the crowds here are the best ive ever witnessed and i realise the nice weather helped that but the organisation is top notch for so many runners,so easy to get to the race and away from it. I was in a 4:30:00 pen due to entering 2 years ago but my estimated time was now under 4 hours so i was worrying that i would be blocked in all the way around,however this wasnt the case,there was the obvious odd bottle neck but nothing of concern and i weaved through the course to get home in 3.49 a new pb!I really dont think i can fault this race 1 bit, from the regular updates by email,to the bib collection,the expo(fantastic),race morning,the race itself and after the race, it was just all spot on, never heard my name shouted so much in all my life! I got my own place in the ballot and decided to run for the NSPCC and i would recommend it to anyone! they were fantastic with cheering points all around the course giving you a boost to food,drink and a massage after the race.A special special race and ive still not come down yet. So sad to hear about the runner who died though,my thoughts are with his family. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: All round quality - and great preparation for a spring marathon In full: Really well organized. Loads of pre-race info. Scenic route, undulating enough to keep things interesting. Plenty of noise and support in the villages en route. Water in bottles at regular enough intervals and a great bunch of water station volunteers. And a cracking goody bag full of lunch (even if I had to wait a while before I could manage the cheese cob). Thanks to everyone for putting on a top class event, I will hope to be back for another hoody next year. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: People of Brighton I thank you! In full: There are those that say there is no longer any community spirit in this country. They must be the ones who haven't run or watched the Brighton Marathon. Simply the friendliest race I have ever done both in terms of runners and supporters. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In full: This was my first half marathon. I enjoyed the route, it was scenic and just hilly enough, with some good gradual climbs, but nothing too horrific. There was a nice atmosphere as well, and the marshalls were all good.
There were some problems before the race with the baggage drop, we were queueing for 40 minutes, and still weren't anywhere near the front by five minutes before the race. This was resolved, but meant that I was more stressed before the race than I'd have liked to have been, and this could have been sorted earlier.
Lots of people were complaining about lack of toilets, but there were loads more toilets within sight from where everyone was queueing and complaining, so I'm not sure how they could have made this more obvious. There were even some proper indoor toilets, which I used without having to queue.
The goodie bag was dissapointing, and the medal was very generic. The goodie bag contained some lea and perrins sauce and some cooking oil, which is surely a bizzare inclusion in a half marathon goodie bag. The T-shirt was also pretty dissapointing.
I would definitely do this race again, purely for the route which I really enjoyed, and the cost which seems to be lower than lots of similar events. Date of review: April 14, 2014