In short: Great and the best one for a few years. In full: Fantastic day, fantastic race. I was desperate to break 4 hrs & my projections had me to just sneak inside. In the end I ran 4.08 but had no chnace of 4 hrs.
Crowd are always great but were better than ever, I never seemed to go a yard without spectators. Water stops seemed more frequent than ever which was handy. Weather was ideal and the Blackheath start (2004 & 2006) is a million miles better than the Greenwich Park one. Volunteers & crowd made it one of the most special days of my life.
Criticisms & suggested improvements (some minor). I was after 9 min miles - the first mile took me 14 mins, the 2nd 11 mins. The rest were all 9 minutes. Like 2006 you spend more time walking the first mile than running. I don't know why some roads have both sides available to run and other do not. The first two miles could have doubled up. (I have asked a question about this in a thread)
I also passed Jade Goody (struggling after less than 2 miles) which made me wonder how she started at the front. Narrow Street (15 miles ish) always seems to 'narrow' to cope with the size of this event, but all in all the goods massively outweighed the bad.
The big criticism (which didn't effect the runners as such) were 1) Along large parts of the Embankment (Temple Station) there was an entire two lane road between the spectators and the runners (where any other year they are on the verge in the middle). I cannot think of any reason to suddenly deny spectators on one side of the road the chance to pass items or talk to their family members running. 2) the BBC coverage which gets more absurd each year, barely a mention of a fun runner in the first two hours. If Paula, John Brown or a stack of Britons were among the leaders then fair enough, but do the public prefer 2 & 1/4 hours of a group of largely unknown Africans or the fun runners? I think we know the answer. At least divide the coverage 50/50.
I'm back next year & every year though! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Organisation to perfection! In full: First marathon, and definitely my last! However, I would not have missed the experience for all the world. It is true that the crowds do support you - the like I have never seen before in any half marathon. Simply the best! Any one serious enough about running should try the London Marathon, just once, rather than miss an experience of a lifetime. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Some hard ascents mixed with fast,rocky descents. Loved it! In full: Makes me wonder why I bother with road races. The mixture of the scenery, the organisation, the great camaraderie and the route make for one of the best races going.
Yes, there are some hard ascents and some fast rocky descents. But it's that challenge that makes trail running such fun. If you want flat, level, good surfaces stick to the roads ... and leave more spaces on the trail races for me :) Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Wow In full: My first, probably not my last and more than anything I could have expected. Har originaly hoped to go under 4 hours but the pain at 21 miles gave me 4h22 but do I care..no! Simply fantastic, I nearly cried after crossing the finsihing line. Thanks to all the support..London you simply are the best! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A life time experience and to do again and again.... In full: I really did not have any idea ... everything is so well (no..perfectly) organised but despite that, being one of 30,000+, with I don't know how many people in the crowd and all the organisation of the event supporting you it is ultimately just about you, your training and how you cope mentally with this distance. But if ever there was everything set up for you so perfectly then this is it - Thank You! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: What a day! In full: You couldnt put in to words how good this race is. I loved it all, There was pain and lots of it but not for one second did I think I dont like this. If I could have I would have shaken everybody who helped in any way with this race by the hand it is that good. The support of the crowds is incredable, the noise they make if you start to slow down or start to walk is remarkable. If your thinking of doing it get the training in and some more but most of all enjoy a fantastic day. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: AWESOME!!! In full: Probably the best distance race in the world - supreme organisation, great crowds (despite the rain this year), fast flat route all through the finest city in the world, even the weather was perfect with the light rain - for the faster runners at least, who could ask for more? A big thank you to the spectators at 200m to go, when I had to stop with serious cramp, their encouragement got me going again and made sure I finished in under 3:15 and guaranteed my place for next year. Thank you also to Tim from Manchester who kept me company until 9 miles - hope you got round with a decent time. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Wow! In full: My first marathon ever - delighted with 4.29 having been ill three weeks before. Just an incredible experience - the crowds were so fantastic it made running 26.2 miles actually easier than the 20 mile training run on my own! Amazing memories...might even do it again one day! Thanks to all who contribute so much to make such an uplifting experience for so many. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: What an awesome day! In full: I cannot speak highly enough of the whole event. My first FLM, unfortunately my knee completely gave way at 22 miles but thanks to the fantastic crowd and fellow runners, I practically crawled the last 4 miles! Finished in 5:18, I will be back fitter next time! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Challenging but beautiful terrain In full: Beautiful run through farmland, forrest and next to the canals. A couple of steep hills and a fair bit of navigation make this one a toughy, dont expect a PB! Thoroughly enjoyed it all up. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: If only I could take my eyes off the ground in front to look at the scenery. Much hillier than expected but many of us at the back walked up them. In full: Rough terrain underfoot at times - didnt notice the lake beside me until I'd been running next to it for quite some time! A thoroughly enjoyable race. I recommend you make a weekend of it and camp / youth hostel. (the people going the other way at the start were the fast people finishing the challenge - stick to the right is the rule and its not a problem). Date of review: April 24, 2006