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
In short: A brilliant day - I wish I'd run slower!!! In full: For me there were three parts to the race. First, 18 miles of jogging alongside runners of all shapes and sizes being encouraged by an unbelievable number of people. Then there was 7 miles of tough running - teeth gritted in a fixed smile for the crowd who seemed to sense the growing pain. The last mile and a bit was a doddle. As the volume of the crowd increased to fever pitch, the pain dissolved and the smile was genuine. I was whisked along on a tide of goodwill. Only just in time did I remember what I was there for and what this meant for me. The last 200m was all my own work and the best reward for all the training and sacrifices. For me the best bits were being able to stop and give a sticky gel-flavoured kiss to my wife and daughters at three different parts of the course. A day not to forget. Date of review: April 28, 2006
In short: I had the time of my life.....would've been even better with more loos! In full: First marathon and definitely not my last although beforehand I always said it would be! I had such a fantastic time. I listened to every bit of advice I could and I managed to enjoy every minute.
As a novice I took it really, really easy and still managed my hoped for sub 5hrs. The crowds were amazing and kept spirits high.
I can't believe how crowded the course toilets were at every stop and so I nipped into Deptford McDonalds where 3 ignorant women felt the need not to let any runners queue jump them, but hey it still only added 5 mins to my run time and I'm sure if I'd queued on the course that would have been 10 mins +. Date of review: April 28, 2006
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