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
In short: Got a PB so of course I'm going to be positive about this race! In full: Great camararderie amongst the runners! A real mix of people who knew they were getting home in half an hour and those who just hoped they got home! Scenery is not something you would shout about, but it's a good race with not too many scary inclines, and you've a good chance of achieving that PB. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: Awesome race, awesome crowds In full: Mostly people mis-use the word "awesome", but this race truly filled me with awe. First, the amount of money and care taken into its planning. No plastic cups here! Then there are the crowds: only the runners know there are actually 26 miles of them (as I reckon there were 0.2mi of tunnels!). And the people and the causes they run for: I felt selfish running it "for me". An unbelievable experience all told, and the most special race I have ever had the privilege to run in. Thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: To all involved - THANK YOU! In full: This was my first ever marathon, and I ran for the Leukaemia Research Fund. I was expecting it to be great, and knew I'd feel emotional, but the crowd really had to be seen and heard to be believed. Only the British could stand in the pouring rain for hours on end handing out food and shouting encouragement to complete and utter strangers, calling out to us by name when they could see us flagging. Organisation - flawless from start to finish. The marshalls did a superb job and it was very much appreciated. The Flora London Marathon is truly an event for everyone. Whether you're an elite athlete or walking the course dressed as a giant banana, you'll be made to feel like a hero. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: Incredible. Absolutely amazing day all round. In full: This was so well organised and I absolutely loved all of it. The crowd support was amazing. My first ever marathon, I'm already tempted to say yes to next year's. Well done London you've done us proud. Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: Wet and wonderful! In full: Sing with me... "oh, such a perfect day..." Can take a bit of time to start properly if you're towards the back of the field, but generally excellent. With the right training, a PB would be easy, save possibly for people walking around 22-25 miles. If Felix etc can run 2:06, why can't I get a PB?!!!! Date of review: April 27, 2006
In short: Amazing atmosphere considering the grey and damp conditions. A very special race. In full: This was my first London marathon and what an experience it was! The crowds were brilliant throughout and certainly kept me going in the tough last few miles. I would love to do it all again next year if I can get a place! Date of review: April 27, 2006