In short: It was my first off the road and up a mountain race i found it very challenaging, I enjoyed the scenary but the one main problem that i had was that there was not enough water stops, one is just not enough for the length and difficulty of the race. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: O.K. if you don't mind running in a crowd! In full: ... I think I would do better in a smaller field, and made some classic mistakes, like setting off too fast on the downill bit at the beginning. A calf injury at mile 14 didn't help and I was 48 minutes slower than my PB :-( Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: An excellent alternative to FLM offering superb scenery and a reasonably flat/quick course. In full: Although I personally had a difficult race, I do rate this event very highly. Efficient registration, reasonably flat course (although even minimal undulation caused me alot of discomfort on the homeward half), although the crowd support was sparse, those that were there were wonderfully enthusiastic (especially the woman that yelled out "nearly halfway!" when I reached 12miles, and "less than halfway to go!" at 14miles! which really lifted my dwindling spirits, and the guy playing the really loud rock music at 5 and 21miles!), more than sufficient water stations (although needed in the second half as it got quite hot), and generous with the post race food and drink, nice t-shirt and medal.
Although the course isn't demanding in terms of hills etc, the out and back is the case literally which makes this event mentally tough. Even though you stay on the same road, you do get a very different view of the scenery (snow-capped mountains) on the homeward run back.
The only downside is the remote location which means that many competitors had long journeys giving the perfect excuse for a weekend break!
Many thanks to the organisers, and that kind runner that gave me a jelly baby which saved my life late on! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Great views and atmosphere, I would highly recommend. In full: It was really nice to see the FW castle and other parts of the town as well as Ben Nevis. We were very lucky with the weather, the sun made the snow capped mountains look amazing. Well organised with good water stations. The supports were few and far between but fantastic, making the effort to cheer everyone and to move along the route. Thank you. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: As a first time marathoner i had the time of my life. I will always remember this day as being fantastic. Organisation and friendliness of staff and supporters was brilliant. Getting the medal put around your neck and a finishers photo is superb. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Jelly Baby CRISIS In full: Where were the Jelly Babies ?? Forget the pretzels, apple and biscuits...I ran this for the Jelly babies. Bertie Bassett has let us all down. I need guarantees before doing this again, it has rocked my confidence...No wonder Paula pulled out. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: I have never had an experience like it In full: I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I am now a marathon runner, let alone just completed arguably the biggest and best marathon event in the world ! Everything just seemed to work on the day, and we plodded along at a very even pace for the whole 26 miles. A few low points, but nothing like the highs felt during the day. The spectators were fantastic, and even though I won't run next year I will be there to spectate !
I am over awed by my achievement, I can run 26.2 miles !
Thanks to all of the supporters, all of the marshalls and helpers at water/lucozade stations etc. etc. etc. you were great.
In short: *add your superlative here* In full: Well over 48 hours on, and I'm still flashbacking the event in my mind over and over, and what I will say is believe the hype! There were more than a few occasions when I simply lifted my weary head and just looked around as I ran, gaping at the immensity and intensity of the crowds that lined the route. I simply could not believe the passion that poured from the spectators throughout what was typically English weather. Other reviewers have said it before me - if you ever doubt the UK from all the negative news we are given, come stand in the crowd or run this race and you'll see the Great side of Britain. From little toddlers who delighted at being given high fives from the passing runners through to little old ladies struggling to keep their arm up high to offer boiled sweets from their handbags, the spirit and feeling of a people as one could not be better reflected in such a simple way. Strangers become friends for a day, and that small talk we refuse to do to our fellow man every other day, suddenly comes back to us naturally.
My run involved me hitting the wall hard at mile 16 (I'd never ran further before - thanks to training injury), but thanks to the support of the crowds, my determination to get that darned medal, and the thought of seeing my family at mile 24/25 drove me on to the finish against the better judgement of my mind screaming 'STOP! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING BOY?'.
I think like all of us who have written on here we could go on all day about it, spending more time describing it than it took us to run it. Apologies to the guy I ran in front of to get a sweet, I was dazed and confused at that point, and thanks to the Jaffa Cake man - tip for you runners, do not eat them on your way round unless you want all moisture to be soaked up sponge like out of your mouth! Blessings to all those other sweet givers.
Thinking of doing it? Don't think. Just do it. That sounds familiar...
One Day, One Run, One London Marathon. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: One of the best days of my life! The best race in the world and I was in it!! The crowds were something else. I had goosebumps all the way round and for one day, I felt famous! In full: One of the best days of my life! The best race in the world and I was in it!! The crowds were something else. I had goosebumps all the way round and for one day, I felt famous! Maybe a big "finish" banner and a bit of music would have finished me off with a tear or two. All in all a BRILLIANT DAY! Thank you FLM team! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: What a day: First rate. We are still buzzing. In full: VickynJon ran the Marathon side by side and finished hand in hand in 4 h 08 mins 24 secs, which given Jon had had nearly a month off with injury, we were very pleased with. We had a totally wonderful day. The atmosphere was electric, we spotted most of our supporters in the crowd, the RW support team provided us jelly babies, the light rain was actually very refreshing, we passed wombles, rhinos, a couple of male nuns and eventually overtook a 9 foot Bob the Builder at 24 miles. Bit miffed about being out-run by a Pepperami though! We finished seconds away from Olympian Matthew Pinsent who had also been targeting ~4 h! An amazing experience overall. FLM 2007? Bring it on! Date of review: April 25, 2006