In short: One of the best days out in the Lakes! In full: Superb - everything was right, from the perfect organisation, friendly atmosphere, good turn out and even good weather! Tougher than expected for a "trail race" but this was a superb challenge, some steep climbs but some glorious downhills. Highly recommended. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: Great run, enjoyed every minute (and there were plenty of them!) In full: Really good run, well organised. I would have appreciated a second drink station, especially if it had been any warmer (the following day, for instance). Easy to follow, friendly marshalls, great atmosphere. We enjoyed the whole weekend and will be back for more! Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: UnMISSABLE - but in a slightly uncomfortable way In full: Hoped for 4.30 Got a cold on the Wednesday. Found myself in Pen 9 of the blue. HOW DID THA HAPPEN? Had to stop for the loo 4 times en route. Didn't know we had passed the tower of london & London eye until I saw the highlights Wife ran 3.36 and was on TV Got my first black toenail and need a hip replacement after all the swerving needed to avoid slower runners (Yes- they exist). Garmin registered 27 miles and it felt every bit. No - I didn't enjoy it. But just like many unsavioury things you find yourself wanting to go back for more. Each of my 4 marathons have been improvements so I just hope this continues. Must have my name on my shirt next year. The New York marathon seemed far superior but perhaps that was just the t-shirt and expo. Bring it on in 2007 - I will make 4.30. Even as a sad arthritic! Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: It gets better every year. In full: This is the 4th time I've had the privilege to take part in this amazing event and it gets better every time I do it. Lucky enough to record a PB of 4:17 this time. Everything has already been said about the crowds on the course but I can feel the hairs standing up on the back of my neck just thinking about it. Would love to be back next year but maybe I should give someone else a chance to experience this unique occasion. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: If you only ever run one marathon, this is the one to do In full: An atmosphere that it is too incredible to describe (even in the rain). You have to experience it for yourself.
First two miles were very slow to congestion. Last 3 miles were very slow due to tiredness. The 21 miles in the middle were fantastic. The crowds really are something special -a cliche, but true. Organisation of the drinks stations was superb.
Achieved the Holy Grail of a sub 4 run (3:59). Made all of the 18 weeks of training seem worthwhile. Even being passed by a man dressed as a stick of Pepperami on the Embankment could not take the shine off the day. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: The best race ever. The only draw back is now I have done it I want to be able to do it even more next year! In full: I would like to say all that was great about it, but it would take to long. A funny thing I keep thinking was about the amount of food that you could get on the route. I need not have worried that my belly would be empty! Amazing day, amazing crowds! Just a shame it had to end! Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Brilliant, superbly organised and wonderful scenery In full: Moved to Scotland a year ago and first Marathon here. Fed up with London and not being allowed to run own race, this race corrects all that and no concrete jungle to gawp at! Would run this instead of London every time. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: BREATHTAKING RACE In full: As this was my first Marathon I was really pleased with how it went. Everything from getting your number at registration to being at the start was fantastic. Coming down that Mall at the end was the best feeling in the world and one I would love to sample again. All in all and excellent day for Runners and spectators alike Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: My first marathon, what a way to break in! In full: The 2006 FLM was my first marathon, and was meant to be my last as I never thought I could do another. But now i'm looking for the next!
The organisation of this event was first class and the support received from the crowds was superb. People shouting you name and egging you on, simply superb. It was tough, and I resorted to walk/jogging after 20 miles and only once did I consider pulling out but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Only those who finish can explain the emotions that overwhelm you when you turn the last corner with 200m to go. I turned to the grandstand and got a rousing cheer when I shouted "COME ON!!!" Simply amazing. And the first this to come out of the goody bag was the Wagon Wheel - hhmmmm delicious!! Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Very scenic route around grounds of Arlington Court. Dry & not as muddy as expected (didn't have to wear off-road shoes!). In full: Would have benefited from km markers, 800m to go marker, etc. just to help orientate the runner. Also, directions to the venue would have been helpful. Otherwise, this is definitely a race to look forward to on the race calender. Date of review: April 28, 2006