In short: My first marathon but after this, the first of many!! In full: Yes there were thousands of people, hard to picture unless your there and it was difficult to gain and keep a pace going. This was nothing compared to the crowds who'd been there for hours but who still cheered us runners on, again and again. As this was my first I was kind of on my own planet thinking of paces etc so next year I will be able to enjoy it even more.....Hopefully. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A fair test with a few climbs. Oh and that downhill finish peps up your time but hammers your joints!What IS the actual race distance though? Quarter marathon or 10k ? I hope it's the former 'cause then I'm quicker! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Very welcoming and a great atmosphere. Will do again! In full: It was my first race and 10K! I found it a good challenge although that monster hill really tested my endurance and I'm very proud to say that I didn't walk once! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: I can't walk today, my knees and feet are agony - but I loved it!! In full: The most amazing experience - the crowds were absolutely the best, so friendly and supportive. My knees and feet were agony by the 23rd mile but the crowd kept cheering me on and I hobbled to the finish!! Superb organization too - a thoroughly amazing experience. Thankyou London Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Much better option to running London on 25th April. In full: Great course, tough hill in the middle, but the selection of home made cakes at the end is a good incentive to get round quickly! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Top day out! In full: I really enjoyed this race, Ok it is very crowded but the atmosphere and all the spectators make this a very special event. A big thank you to all the marshalls and helpers Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Great race. In full: The whole race is very well orgaised, but if you are looking for a pb you need to get to the front and pace yourself.I found you will be frustrated if you try and push in the 2nd half of the race as you will end up weaving all over the road and you you get boxed and you cannot just get into a settled pace and run free. And please could you just give out a unwrapped space blanket, life is hard after the race and this just shouldn't be that difficult. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Very scenic but rather tough if it is your first 10k.Would recommend In full: Well organised race,plenty of marshalls all wishing you well as you run past.Rather dissappointed that there was no medal or badge at the end.But I suppose I knew that from the start.The atmosphere was great and people made you feel welcome.Will do it again. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A DREAM COME TRUE In full: Well its was the best day to do a marathon even though it was raining 90% of the time that didnt damped anyones spirts,the crowds were really amasing and help me on my tougher miles,i thank all of the runners that helped me too when i was struggling. loved every minuite see you all next year. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Oh my God!!!!!! In full: Felt good up to mile 13/14. Had put in the training and really didnt expect to find it sooo hard so soon. Atmosphere, sightseeing, other runners and the fantastic crowd kept me going from then on. Told myself 'never again' as I crossed the line, but of course as the day wore on and a new day brought back all the great moments, amazing people and masses of compliments from friends and family a thought is beginning to creep in.....maybe next time I would know what to expect and could do it better??? Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: The Great British Public Do Us Proud Once Again In full: Fantastic organisation, the best support in the world (what is it about the British, rain seems to make us even more determined to enjoy ourselves!) and the most fantastic race.
A real shame that I was knocked flying (and bruised badly) by an over-zealous official photographer on Tower Bridge. Missed my time but met two lovely ladies running for Shelter who picked me up and got me back on my way - to St John's Ambulance!
I did finish - in a lot of pain - and it was the support that got me there. This race has its detractors, probably because it is so big and commercial but for slower runners and those who really need supporters there's no beating it. Amazing.
I've said I'd do this again but don't tell anyone, last night I sowre I'd never race again! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Fantastic atmosphere, scenery, organisation and generally everything! So glad I didn't get into FLM as couldn't have wished for a more lovely (if that's the right word!) first marathon! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Tough race for my first 10k - those hills are unbelievable,good organisation,great marshalls,altogether a good intro to 10k running. In full: First ever 10k race,wow those hills , really wasn't prepared for them. Everyone was most helpful,organisation was good,running conditions were perfectthink my next race will be a PB - this was tough! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Wow what a day In full: The atmosphere of this race was brilliant. All those people standing out in the rain cheering, shouting and in some places screaming us on. What a day. A special mention to runners world for the talk at Excel aimed at us slower runners, really calmed my nerves and prepared me for the day. THANK YOU Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: My favorite race so far and will be doing it again. Good atmosphere - lots of fun. Nice and flat albeit one or maybe two small but steep inclines. Excellent if your a beginner/intermediate runner. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A day I'll never forget In full: This race is a race I will never ever forget. The organisation was superb, the atmosphere was electric, the course was fairly flat and enjoyable, and the medal/goody bag/foil blanket were all worth running for! Date of review: April 24, 2006