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
In short: A supremely tough & charming oddity. Everyone should do this once! In full: The race is 1 mile long of which each & every yard is uphill - overall the course climbs 550' start to finish. Fantastic Tour-de-France style atmosphere on the big 1:4 by the Cheshire View pub. Great fun for spectators, and runners not afraid of severe oxygen debt and jelly legs. One of the most enjoyable and friendliest events I've ever taken part in but don't expect an average road-race and be prepared to run a VERY slow time! Beginners should not be put off by the climb - there are lots of barely-runners and doing-it-for-a-bet entrants as well as some hard-core hill freaks. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: A great first marathon - thanks in part to excellent RW pacer! In full: A very enjoyable first marathon. As an old, slow, fat runner I really appreciated the help of the Red start Pen 9 RW get-you-round pacing group. I felt good enough at half way to push ahead, and left the group, but the initial run with the pacing group really help set me up for the second half and the novel experience of the some what dreaded miles 20-26. Thanks. I am already planning next years training for FLM and hope to get under 5 hours. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: A superb day, amazing atmosphere, perfect conditions for running and a 4 min PB to boot! In full: Just one slight downer which has been griping away at me. I put on my application that I est a 3:45 but I was put in Pen 6 with runners aiming at 4:15 and I could see the 9mm pacer ahead of me!! I know we are advised to start slowly but it was a bit annoying. This is the second time this has happened to me.
Also . . . sorry to be grumpy . . . RUBBISH T SHIRT!! Must have run out of ideas for that one.
Otherwise a great day and one I will treasure forever. The noise on The Embankment was amazing and did make me go a bit faster there is no doubting that. Thanks to all at team FLM Date of review: April 27, 2006