In short: A magical and humbling experience.... In full: I pulled out of last years race with injury, a fairly typical knee problem but it left me absolutely distraught at missing out. I had more injury concerns this time and in the last 7 weeks I've run 3 or 4 times, but I was determined not too miss out this year.
However, my previous disappointment, concerns and nerves were soon put in their place by the FLM experience from Greenwich Park all the way to the finish.
The camaraderie and determination amongst the runners, the support all the way, the fantastic event staff and scale of the event is truly inspiring. Thank you to all of you!
My highlights have to be The Chariots of Fire tune on the church bells after about 2 miles, the chorus of Boo's when the other Green and Blue starters came into view, Tower Bridge and the fantastic last mile.
In short: Awesome. Simply awesome. In full: How is that I ran 32 minutes slower than my only previous marathon and yet came out with a bigger grin than at any other race ever? Ahhhh London! Perfect organisation. Perfect support, ALL the way round. Wall schmall - who cares. I shuffled-jog-walked 6-7 miles and it doesn't matter a jot. Being overtaken by a pepperami and outsprinted by Tigger didn't even dampen my spirits. I recommend this race to EVERYONE. You have to do it. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Organisers need to think more about those trying to achieve a fast time In full: If your planning to do this in the future and want a sub 2.45 time, AVOID THE GREEN START. For some god forsaken reason the 'Celebrities' (if you can call them that)were placed on the START LINE. A calamity waiting to happen. Found myself trying to get round Sunday joggers/walkers in the first mile! Maybe the organisers should show some respect for those trying to achieve physically NOT FINANCIALLY. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Magical In full: I was concerned about my pen number and was right to be.I planned on 8 1/2 min miles and found myself in the pen behind the RW 11 minute mile pacer. The congestion meant it was mile 23 before I hit my target pace for the first time...but none of that matters. it was my first marathon, I managed under 4hrs, the crowd were amazing and I think I've begun a life long love affair. Well done to everybody concerned and thank you for an amazing day. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Want to do a marathon? Then do this one! In full: Fantastic place. Lochs and snow capped mountains. Great race. Flat(ish) and not crowded. Everyone very friendly, helpful and encouraging...even the slightly crazy guy at mile 5 blasting out rock music. Tea and sandwiches afterwards. Get your entries in early - it fills up quickly. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: I have never had so much fun In full: Put your name on your shirt. At the front. The whole race passed by in one happy blur even though it actually took quite a lot longer than I'd hoped :-) Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Fantastic In full: Loved it, have watched it on TV every year and have always wanted to give it a go, boy am I glad I did. Running over Tower Bridge is just amazing. You cant put into words the buzz that it gives you taking part. Hips were playing up at 14 miles but support from the fantastic crowd just keeps you going. Organazation is awesome thank you to everyone that helps in making the event what it is. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: The Best Race in the World - EVER! In full: London does it again - superb, utterly faultless organisation, and the best supporters in the world! HUGE thanks to the wonderful volunteers, St John's Ambulance staff, and everyone who came out to cheer us on - couldn't have done it without you! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Really hard but rewarding and emotional In full: This was my first marathon and at the end I said "never again" ... but now I am waiving and will probably apply again next year!
The organisation was awesome from the marshalls at Blackheath Station to the kit bag handlers on the common right through to the chip collectors at the finish.
The hardest bit of the race was around docklands. Not too many people round here and i found it hard going, especially because I picked up a hip injury around 14 miles. The crowds thickened again at 20 miles and seeing my wife at 23 miles though was very emotional and spurred me on. Not finishing was never an option.
I followed the Runners World schedule for 4.30 but with the injury completed the race in 4.54. I think I will try to get back next year just to see if I can beat this time without an injury, although I suspect it will be on a charity bond as I got in on the ballot this year. You never know though...! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Best experience of my life! In full: So much fun! Amazing crowd! In so much pain now, but all worth it! Would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to do my next one! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: wow!! In full: This was the most amazing experience of my life!Crossed the finish line and said "never again" but am now planning next years!! I ache in places I never knew existed but wouldn't have missed it for the world! I know everyone says it, but the crowds truly were amazing and if I'm not successful in getting an entry next year, I'm going to be one of those amazing supporters instead!! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: The Greatest sporting event to Hit Britain each year just gets better and better In full: This was my 6th time running the London and my first time running the new course. I have to say I found it easier running round Docklands this time round and what a joy not to have to run, trip, somersault over those cobblestones outside the tower of London.
I don't mind admitting that with 3 miles still to go I was on the verge of bursting into tears of joy because the crowd support on such a wet day was the loudest I have ever witnessed. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for all your support round the course. Us runners could not have acheived what we did without you.
A big thankyou must go to Runners World as I followed their training plan for running 4 hours 30 mins and finished in 4 hours 17 mins 57 sec and in the course of 4 months solid training following the runners world plan to the letter have also lost a staggering 25lb in weight.
I am no longer classified overweight but am now normal and as an Asthma sufferer have found that my Asthma has virtually disappeared.
thankyou thankyou thankyou Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Something never to be forgotten In full: Alright, so perhaps it's an event, not so much a race for 95% of the field, but how many of the smaller races which give you space and room to run also manage to attract half a million spectators? You pays your money and you makes your choice, and if you choose London you won't be let down.
I ran 4hr 54, finished my first marathon, and got cheered as if I was a hero for coming just a fraction better than 25,000th place! For those of us that will never win the Olympics or compete in a stadium full of people, it's a must, because it gives you an insight into what that must feel like.
The organisation runs on rails - I gave my bag in, get into the pen, and for 26 miles got offered water, Lucozade and a million sweets whenever I started to flag. Yes, there are a lot of people running, so it gets crowded, but I don't think they tried to keep it secret - we all knew about the crowds when we entered.
It's a chance to feel like a hero, run through the world's greatest city and be treated like a champion, whether you finish first or last. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough... Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: WOW - 2 days on and can't believe I've done my fist marathon In full: Certaoinly one of the most amazing experiences of my lifr, I loved it. Emotional afrewards when I met up with my husband. It is REALLy tough to keep going round the docklands but so worth it when you get to the 20+ miles. Well done everyone. I will be back next year...... Date of review: April 25, 2006