In short: first marathon - will be back for more ! loved it!! In full: the crowd were amazing even for us slower finishers still people lined the streets 5:30hours after the start! AMAZING! - Well done London you did us proud Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Fantastic Experience In full: A brilliant experience for runners of all abilities. The crowds are awesome and the orgainisation is great. Well worth the training and will definitely be applying next year. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Awesome. What an experience In full: My first Marathon and as I had endured a multitude of injuries leading up to the big day I was just grateful to just be there. The race itself was an experience that will stay with me forever. The weather did not dampen the crowds spirits and what a secret weapon to have for the final few miles when you are running on empty. Just Awesomw. Said afterwards would not do it again but now I can walk again and think back roll on FLM 2007... Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: What weather? It was about the ony place in NE Scotland that wasn't knee deep in snow In full: Training injuries and a plastercast hand meant a PW for me, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Organisation was extremely good, with regular website updates on the weather situation (dicey until not many hours before the race) & very quick & helpful email replies from the organisers. T shirt not a patch on Loch Ness marathon one though. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Simply the best! In full: Quite simply the best organised event I have ever attended / participated in. From registration through to getting to the start, refressment, etc. throughout the route and the finish it is perfect.
The atmosphere is totally brilliant - London is a diffent place.
The only slight negatives are that the sheer numbers mean a PB is unlikely (unless you've had a major step change in fitness) and the route isn't that scenic - Greenwich to Tower Bridge could be any town / city, and I found docklands back to Tower Bridge horrible. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Gorgeous Scenery, Clockwork organisation, and its near Balamory In full: Fantastic race and a definite alternative to the London Marathon. Very well organised, from the efficient registration desks the night before, right down to the gift of a roll and cup of tea at the end. Scenery magnificent throughout the run and wether made it even more special. Very Veteran orientated, I'm 28 and felt like a kid (which is fab). Start was fabulous, 3secs over the line, and we stretched out into our small pace groups pretty quick. Only 2 faults - roads still open and I had to hop onto a grass verge to avoid a lorry plus a pretty late start time of 11am. Tortured myself watching the first 2hours of London marathon with 4 1/2 minute mile pace!!!! Definitely would do again and would recommend to any runner Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Truely inspirational and landmark race, with wonderful support. Only blott on this beautiful landscape, arrangements at the Green Start due to the organisers wish to pander to the 'celeb -non runners', causing hold-ups, falls and delays of 1 minute o Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: I can't believe how many people ran with iPods...I wanted to hear everything that was going on... In full: Seriously, using iPods (and mobiles) isn't big or clever, and resulted in some easily avoidable clashes with the blind runner I was guiding.
And the "runners" who walk 26.2 miles? They aren't runners...they're doing a sponsored walk...and taking the place of runners (of all abilities!) who train year-round. And having celebs like Jade Goody promoted by the media doesn't help either...
It's still a great race, but these are a few of the reasons why it isn't my favourite marathon in the world... Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: A day I will never forget In full: An amazing day, my first marathon and I finished in 3hrs 49. That time was due the fantastic support from the crowd. My timing chip fell off and I don't think the paper bands were strong enough to hold it on but luckily I was able to fix it on my laces and continue. Will be back for more next year! Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: PB ? Yes - if you were up front In full: Too crowded for a PB - too many stop start bottlenecks - great crowds - great drinks - I also noticed a lot of the clocks were way out - one showed 4 hrs 34 mins - but I still finished in under 4 hours...why not urinals for the men on the course - queues were too long to wait ........ Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Good flat course In full: Nice course in the grounds of Kinross House, by a golf course - although the laps let you see exactly how many people are ahead of you! Good food afterwards, especially the chocolate cake. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Magnificent event, but some problems for running! In full: Looking back I see this as something of an amazing event in my life, it was well worth doing, but I have some issues. The issues don't spoil my feelings for the event but theare issues as a runner. I fell at 11.5 miles and badly damaged my ankle, I was on for something like 3.40 but finished in 4.17. The issues for me are the pinch/compression points where you are surrounded by the slower runners, the slippery surfaces with bottles, bottle caps and those bl***y slices of orange. Now on crutches having been patched up/strapped up by St Johns (thanks guys!) and running 15 miles on adrenaline and a bad ankle ... stupid I know .... not the right thing to do ..yes I know that too ... but I finished, the charity will get it's £2,000 and I'll have a made a difference to some disabled kids life I hope so anyway .... plus ..my ankle will heal and I will run again ..... Overall, the scenerey and the crowds make this something to remember for the rest of your life ... if you get the chance ...do it! Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: Just as I was struggling at 20 miles I saw someone with a picture of a lost loved one tagged to their t-shirt. Made me realise what it was all about and managed to push on as a result. Great day - couldn't ask for more from a mass participation event Date of review: April 28, 2006