In short: If only I could take my eyes off the ground in front to look at the scenery. Much hillier than expected but many of us at the back walked up them. In full: Rough terrain underfoot at times - didnt notice the lake beside me until I'd been running next to it for quite some time! A thoroughly enjoyable race. I recommend you make a weekend of it and camp / youth hostel. (the people going the other way at the start were the fast people finishing the challenge - stick to the right is the rule and its not a problem). Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Ow! In full: Absolutely fanatstic day. An hour outside my target and probably the reason you are told not to run with flu but with lots of sponsorhip what do you do. If someone had offered I would have accepted a lift at 10 miles but glad they didn't as I would have missed that fantastic tasting black wine gum at about 22 miles and that glorious sense of acheivement as you turn the corner up the mall.
May not have acheived anywhere near my target but Bananaman and Mr Tickle were beaten quite convincingly - thanks for the motivation chaps!
Just have to return a bit healthier and fitter next year.
Thank you everyone!!! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: I can't thank the organisers enough.... In full: Well - I made it!! What an incredible experience the marathon is. Despite the dreadful weather and near constant rain, the crowds and support were simply fantastic. It really is a unique and moving experience that makes you realise just how great most people are... and if that sounds cheesy, it is inevitable when tens of thousands of people stand in the rain to cheer your name as you run past. 5 hours 2 minutes isn't bad for a bloke my age (56)doing a first marathon - and I beat Steve Redgrave by over 25 minutes, even if a Womble and a Rhino overtook me!!
In short: Fantastic,a must do race In full: Even if you don't get a London place,do this instead,a small friendly race with a wonderful view. It made the trip up from Surrey worth it. Plus tea and sandwiches afterwards,a huge thank you to the organisers. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: First Marathon (in 4h14mins) and I thought the whole day was stunning - of the 10 races of so I have completed in the last year this was out of this world! Well Done London!!! In full: Looking back on the race 24 hours after finishing I find it hard to believe that I have actually completed the London Marathon! I have been watching this race in awe for many years and the TV just does not do the atmosphere justice. I was told that Docklands would be hard because there is no one to cheer you on - I cannot believe the amount of people on the entire route who made the race, dare I say it, easy... For once, I wasn't thinking about the mile markers, I was enjoying the race and ran from start to finish. Although I announced my retirement from running at the post-race celebrations, I am now wondering whether I can beat 4 hours in 2007... WELL DONE LONDON - THAT GOES TO THE ORGANISERS, THE RUNNERS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE SUPPORTERS!! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A fantastic experience which will stay with me forever. In full: This was my third FLM and just as awesome as my first. The crowds were, as always, superb. I couldn't have done it without them, especially the Macmillan supporter points. I wanted to run with the RW pacers but couldn't see them at the start - too many tall men for 5ft 2in me! However, I knew they were there and kept trying to catch them up along the way, which kept me going!
In short: the best marathon in the world. In full: the best marathon in the world on any day but why do the celebritys keep getting to the front got to keep running round them jade goody front row i don`t think so. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: What a great race, but... In full: OK, everybody has commented on the atmospherer, the slick logistics etc, so I won't do it. However, one thing really bugged me : water and lucozade stations really need to be on both sides of the road. It is dreadful trying to come across to the correct side when the course is so congested. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Oh what a day In full: Had a great time hope to get in for 2007 now. Enjoyed the distance and as a marthon virgin was pleased with 4 15. Well done to everyone else who did it! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Organisation, atmosphere and support so amazing I now cant wait till next year. In full: As a first timer whose training had been a very far way from ideal I was very nervous about doing this, the big one. I'd hear the expo was zoo as I was registering on the Saturday (Northern lad). I entered the expo expecting to spent the next several hours queing. 6 minutes later I had my number, chip and had registered with the photo people. I spent the next 40 minutes resisting the urge to buy everything in sight and then joined the huge que for the pasta party. Within 4 minutes I was seated and eating very nice and excellent value food. My next worry was getting to the start, again no worries, free travel on the tube and the train to the start then just follow the other runners, I even met up with a nice chap to run round with. Next worry, the dreaded toilet que. As I'm a bloke I was able to use the urinals and went twice before the start with no que both times. Next the dreaded start, after a couple of big 10K's I know the routine gun goes and nothing happens for a while. I was in pen 5 and crossed the line within 3 minutes of the start how the organisers managed such a fluid start I don't know but it bodes well for 2012. The water stations were very frequent and both them and the lucozade stations were manned superbly. The support along the route was awesome. I had my name on my shirt so people cheered for me by name which gave me such a lift. The jelly babies and opal fruits handed out by the spectators provided the extra energy I required to keep running. The crowd seemed to get louder and more encouraging the more tired I got. Coming up the mall and crossing that line was the best feeling ever. My woobly legs prompted the medical people to check if I was ok and I was even helped on with my space blanket. Within 5 minutes of finishing my photo had been taken, I had my medal and goody bag and recieved my baggage back. It would be hard to imagine how such a wonderful event could be improved. I cant wait till 2007. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Fantastic race, fantastic day! In full: My second London marathon and definitely not my last! The crowds were absolutely awesome, they brought a lump to my throat on more than one occasion. Saw my hubby at mile 13 which was great, totally missed the Runners World supporters at mile 17 (I was concentrating on trying to hit my mile splits at that point though so think I must have been concentrating on my watch!) and then saw all of my family at just after mile 25 which gave me a huge boost right at the end. The Runners World sub 4 schedule delivered me a pb of 3.43.15, taking an hour off my effort last time. Can't ask for more than that - thank you RW! HUGE thanks to all those involved in the organisation and a special mention to the lovely staff at the end helping us all through to the baggage buses. If you only ever do one marathon, make sure its this one - its truely the most inspiring race I've ever had the good fortune to compete in. Bring on 2007! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Wow, I'm a marathon convert! In full: I've never attempted a marathon before and spent a year getting ready for this one. I must say the training runs have become part of my routine and I don't know what I will do with all of my free time now!
The race was run to perfection with loads of water stops, showers, friendly marshalls and the best part of all ... the crowds. Bless them. They were stood out in the rain and cold and were so supportive and generous (big thanks to those with the jelly babies and opal fruits!).
A truely fantastic experience that will stay with me a lifetime. I might even do another (but not for a while). Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: As a spectator following my wife and handing out gel's, it was a surprisingly moving experience even as a non runner In full: I think everything has already been said and I will be entering again next year but hopefully I'll get in this time!
My only criticism is the registration system. Why on earth 40,000 people need to make a unnecessary journey to pick up a race number rather than receiving it in the post is beyond me. Well actually its not, I'm sure it is entierly to do with sponsers stands, despite it being dressed up as others reasons.
Other than that it was a truly fantastic day and the spectators, helpers etc were marvelous. As I was running around trying to get in the right places to hand out Gels, I was even passed water at some of the stations, even though I was running with a rucksack on the pavement and clearly not in the race!
One other less positive note - more loos are needed at Blackheath station (anyone who was there will know what I mean!) Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Brill Marathon - Don't do London, do this one In full: Fantastic scenery and a great event. Great PB potential as essentially flat. Weird how you think you're running downhill on the outbound half but you don't seem to run uphill on the way back! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: In short 26 miles of tears, elation, pain, joy, disappointment, pride and unforgettable memories In full: I've done a fair few half marathons and other races but nothing can prepare you for the experience of running in this race. It was a day where so many strong emotions and vivid feelings are concentrated in a period of less than six hours. There were times when it brought tears to my eyes, some were of joy like when I ran across Tower Bridge with the crowds cheering my name but some were of frustration as I hit the wall at 20 miles and my dream of running 3 hrs 40 mins disappeared. There was elation at crossing the line in under 4 hrs (at one stage I wasn't sure I was going to make even that goal) and having run the whole 26.2 miles without stopping. There was the pain that came with hitting the wall at 20 miles and the feeling of helplessness as all power and effort left my legs. There was the joy of interacting with the wonderful crowds and sheer joy of taking part in such a life affirming event. There was the disappointment that came with the realization I had ran the first half too fast, hadn't conserve my energy and blown the time I had hoped for during the long winter months of training. There was the pride that came with taking part in probably the best marathon in the world with the best runners in the world and 30,000 other mortals who had raised a serious amount of money for charity. And finally there are the unforgettable memories of many special moments I experienced throughout the whole day. To anybody considering running in this event, you may experience a lot of different emotions and feelings, but at the end of the day you will have no regrets in taking part. I can't wait to do it all again next year.