In short: I have never had so much fun In full: Put your name on your shirt. At the front. The whole race passed by in one happy blur even though it actually took quite a lot longer than I'd hoped :-) Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Fantastic In full: Loved it, have watched it on TV every year and have always wanted to give it a go, boy am I glad I did. Running over Tower Bridge is just amazing. You cant put into words the buzz that it gives you taking part. Hips were playing up at 14 miles but support from the fantastic crowd just keeps you going. Organazation is awesome thank you to everyone that helps in making the event what it is. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: The Best Race in the World - EVER! In full: London does it again - superb, utterly faultless organisation, and the best supporters in the world! HUGE thanks to the wonderful volunteers, St John's Ambulance staff, and everyone who came out to cheer us on - couldn't have done it without you! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Really hard but rewarding and emotional In full: This was my first marathon and at the end I said "never again" ... but now I am waiving and will probably apply again next year!
The organisation was awesome from the marshalls at Blackheath Station to the kit bag handlers on the common right through to the chip collectors at the finish.
The hardest bit of the race was around docklands. Not too many people round here and i found it hard going, especially because I picked up a hip injury around 14 miles. The crowds thickened again at 20 miles and seeing my wife at 23 miles though was very emotional and spurred me on. Not finishing was never an option.
I followed the Runners World schedule for 4.30 but with the injury completed the race in 4.54. I think I will try to get back next year just to see if I can beat this time without an injury, although I suspect it will be on a charity bond as I got in on the ballot this year. You never know though...! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Best experience of my life! In full: So much fun! Amazing crowd! In so much pain now, but all worth it! Would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to do my next one! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: wow!! In full: This was the most amazing experience of my life!Crossed the finish line and said "never again" but am now planning next years!! I ache in places I never knew existed but wouldn't have missed it for the world! I know everyone says it, but the crowds truly were amazing and if I'm not successful in getting an entry next year, I'm going to be one of those amazing supporters instead!! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: The Greatest sporting event to Hit Britain each year just gets better and better In full: This was my 6th time running the London and my first time running the new course. I have to say I found it easier running round Docklands this time round and what a joy not to have to run, trip, somersault over those cobblestones outside the tower of London.
I don't mind admitting that with 3 miles still to go I was on the verge of bursting into tears of joy because the crowd support on such a wet day was the loudest I have ever witnessed. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for all your support round the course. Us runners could not have acheived what we did without you.
A big thankyou must go to Runners World as I followed their training plan for running 4 hours 30 mins and finished in 4 hours 17 mins 57 sec and in the course of 4 months solid training following the runners world plan to the letter have also lost a staggering 25lb in weight.
I am no longer classified overweight but am now normal and as an Asthma sufferer have found that my Asthma has virtually disappeared.
thankyou thankyou thankyou Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Something never to be forgotten In full: Alright, so perhaps it's an event, not so much a race for 95% of the field, but how many of the smaller races which give you space and room to run also manage to attract half a million spectators? You pays your money and you makes your choice, and if you choose London you won't be let down.
I ran 4hr 54, finished my first marathon, and got cheered as if I was a hero for coming just a fraction better than 25,000th place! For those of us that will never win the Olympics or compete in a stadium full of people, it's a must, because it gives you an insight into what that must feel like.
The organisation runs on rails - I gave my bag in, get into the pen, and for 26 miles got offered water, Lucozade and a million sweets whenever I started to flag. Yes, there are a lot of people running, so it gets crowded, but I don't think they tried to keep it secret - we all knew about the crowds when we entered.
It's a chance to feel like a hero, run through the world's greatest city and be treated like a champion, whether you finish first or last. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough... Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: WOW - 2 days on and can't believe I've done my fist marathon In full: Certaoinly one of the most amazing experiences of my lifr, I loved it. Emotional afrewards when I met up with my husband. It is REALLy tough to keep going round the docklands but so worth it when you get to the 20+ miles. Well done everyone. I will be back next year...... Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Goal was just to enjoy it, I did that alright! In full: Training interupted due to injury so I knew there would be no PB....I went for the atmosphere, the crowds and high fiving the kids. It was painful but in a good way. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Yet again, THE BEST RACE ON EARTH!!!! In full: Good weather this year - the drizzle helped wash the Lucozade off the roads so the course wasn't like fly-paper! Docklands seems hilly-er this way around but when there's that much suppoort out, who cares?!?!
In short: A fantastic, must do, once in a lifetime experience! In full: Spent most of the last few miles thinking never again, but now two days later I can't wait for next year. This could become addictive. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: What a fantastic although painful race In full: This was my first marathon. Was aiming for 4 hrs 20 and managed 4hrs 32 mins so really pleased with that. Exelent organisation right from the start to the finish. Weather damp but perfect for running. First half went well and at mile 20 I really started to hurt everywhere especially my knee. Even now I don't know how I ran those last 6 miles as they were the hardest. The crowds were amazing and at times the cheering was deafening. I have never experienced crowds like it before. There were loads of water stations. At times I had a lump in my throat looking round at the reason people were running and my hat goes of to the blind gentleman who I overtook at around 20 miles. The best feeling has got to be coming round the corner at Buckingham palace and seeing the finish line. I have nerver felt so exhausted in all my life and my first words over the line were "never again". However upon reflection maybe!! This was an amazing experience and one I shall never forget. A big thank you to the crowds, the marhalls and all the unseen helpers you were great!! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: I found it too frustrating at the start (to slow) and towards the end with the many, many walkers. In full: The atmosphere must be like playing in a world cup football match or taking part in the Olympics. It has as much to do with the organisation and participants as it has with the setting and the crowds. Well worth doing at least once never mind the weather (this is England after all). I also managed to raise over £600 for charity, something I was always weary of doing which makes it extra special. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: First ever marathon-FANTASTC In full: Two days on and still smiling. All the amazing support and encouragement - feel like a celebrity. Back next year? I think so. Date of review: April 25, 2006