In short: Great small race In full: A challenging course, with a great hill to start off with, not as steep or long as some i've raced up, but a good way to start a race, gets the pulse racing. Part of the course is the same as the Ridgeway 15Km, which was nice as I knew part of the route. Very scenic, with some great veiws. And tea and sandwichs after very nice. And it raised £500 for a good cause. I will be back.
In short: Was my 1st marathon, was a bit worried, needen't have been. Excellent organisation and great support from start to finish. Got round in 3hrs 05, can't wait until next year! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Shame I missed the first 25 of these ... In full: My first marathon and hopefully not my last. Fantastic organisation, crowds, weather and emotions. A very different experience when compared to watching - needs more concentration! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: The best marathon in the world no argument In full: I have done marathons all over the world, this is the best no question. Having done this I have realised we will do an excellent olmypics. To all those who slate the UK and particularly London be there on marathon day and you'll have a different view afterwards. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Fantastic In full: As a first timer I had no idea what to expect. I was very nervous but felt more settled when I reached the start. Everybody was helpful and willing to talk. The organisation of such a large event was faultless. I could not belive how quickly the first ten miles went,the crowds were unbelivable I felt famous for four and a bit hours with everybody calling out your name and geeing you on. Drinks stations were excellent although as stated in some other reviews were congested when on one side of the road. I ran for 20 miles without stopping, then I saw the wife, kids and my training partner John and his wife. It was so good to see them so I stopped and gave my wife a big kiss and then got on, I still felt very fresh at this point. Not long after this I is started getting megs pain in my left knee and desided I should slow down, rather finish slower than I wanted than not finish at all. Coming along the Embankment I realy started to feel tired, no thoughts of giving up though. Once on the Mall the energy just seemed to come back and the emotion of crossing the finish line forced me to grab hold of the first person I could and hug him (sorry if that was you). From a spectators perspective my wife and kids enjoyed the day as much as me, and if I am not fortunate enough to get a place next year I will be one of the cheering thousands that made my day. Thank you to everybody, the oganisers, the runners, the volunteers, and the crowd for all the sweets and support. One thing that I did find distressing was to see a runner being given CPR by the road side, I do hope that that person is well and my thoughts are with you. Thanks for a marvlous experience, hope I will be back next year.. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Incredible! In full: Everyone should run the FLM at least once in their lives. The whole experience is beyond belief - from the pre race nerves to the screaming crowds to the people weeing in the streets - it is absolutely a must do, once in a lifetime event. Cant wait till next year. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Great challenging race. In full: Bit surprised at the fast start but managed to maintain my postition at the back quite well. First trail race, will be doing more. Really enjoyable weekend, great atmosphere, loads of stuff going on, fantastic food in the little wagon. Well done Graham and Claire.
Hills were hilly but isn't that why we entered in the first place? Roll on Garburn... Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: very hard, but very worthwhile In full: Good course for a pb but only if you are fast enough to be in the front view pens i think. Ran this race also in 2004 and if anything, the organisation had improved even on the very high standard set previously. All big race organisers should look to this to see how it is done. Lacked some fitness for this this year due to ups and downs in training and had a tough race. Crowd were fantastic with their support and fellow racers helped also with their encouragement. Very friendly worthwhile experience. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A very special and emotional experience! In full: My first FLM, and won't be my last! The support was extraordinary, especially those in the east end celebrating St George's Day - made me feel very proud to be English. Still can't quite believe i did it! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Great small field marathon - well organised, scenic and flattish In full: Excellent race - even the weather was fairly kind this year - sunshine and showers.
Start and finish much better in front of the stand on Fort William shinty field than on the road in front of the NEvis centre.
Organisation is excellent - good support from local volunteers - did see a problem at the second sports drink station with a runner waiting. Otherwise really good - remember voluteers don't need to turn up!
Missed not having a sports massage this year - but taught me to take nothing for granted.
Support is a bit thin on the ground - but everyone I passed was very encouraging - and remember the population of the area is about half a percent of that of the city where another marathon was being run the same day!
In short: Outstanding - the views and the organization. Could London be better ? In full: 1st marathon & I got so much wrong, went off way too fast & paid dearly for it on the 2nd half. Other runners gave support & thanks. Seemed a quite serious race for many & would have appreciated more local support on way in. Excellent organization, loads of drink stops (perhaps an extra one around 21,22,23 ?)and felt very safe (first aid). Don't hesitate - Just do it. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: just brilliant In full: this was my 3rd flm and what a day even though it was damp the crowds were just fantastic from the start to the finish i will never forget it Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Just about perfect In full: Great race - well organised, with the years of experience showing. Fast flat course with great views out over the loch, and on the way back spectacular views of a snow capped Ben Nevis. Surprising amount of encouragement along the way, plentiful well stocked drinks stations and the facility to leave your own drinks at the start to pick up at 7 and 16 miles. Good facilities, nice T shirt, generous prizes, tea and rolls afterwards. The organisers had even sorted out some decent weather this year - what more could you ask for ? Date of review: April 24, 2006