In short: Fantastic experience everyone should do at least once! In full: (My 1st FLM) Incredible organisation and better than any other race I've run. Fabulous supporting crowd, great course, great day! Looking forward to next year already... Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed this one In full: Pretty good organisation - marshals & drinks station really supportive. Not the most scenic course, but the good weather helped. I'd definitely do it again if it was nearer home (Gloucester). Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Simply amazing In full: First time doing a marathon, it was just an incredible day from start to finish. How do they organise that many runners and spectators without the slightest hitch? Felt dreadful at mile 20 but when hundreds of complete strangers start shouting your name in encouragement, you somehow manage to keep running. I honestly think the crowd made the difference in me just making my predicted time (by only 1 min 30 secs). Thank you to all supporters Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Fantastic, beat last year's time by 1hr 20mins and collected my first ever blister!!! The hard winter training clearly paid off (eat your heart out Jade Goody!!). In full: Fantastic!! Pity about the pacing groups, would be better if they were allocated pen numbers reflecting the target times and had larger signs. Never saw them after the race started, which was a pity. I'll be entering for 2007! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Tough but what a buzz In full: First time I've done this one as it has clashed with the Frenchay 10k in previous years. A very testing course with a 100m climb in 1.6km but I will definetely put this one in my diary for next year. Well marshalled and organised. Thank you for giving me such a legal high and buzz. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Worth the 3yr wait to become 18 Physically challengin but worth every ache In full: The buzzing feeling inside was magical. Listening to the tannoy at the start when he was saying that we were part of one of the biggest marathon's in the world was the greatest feeling in the world. I felt at times like i couldnt do it but the crowd are amazing Especially when they are calling out your name and willing you on. Anyone wanting to do it should have their name on their top. Crowds should get medals for their encouragement. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: It ROCCKKED - Fantastic Day Out For Everyone In full: I was very moved by the crowds...unbelievable. And the spirit of those who knew they would not finish race in under 4.30 hours - but kept going, heros one and all. Some of the road conditions around Canary Wharf seemed abit iffy - but then that may have been me looking for excuses to go slower. My only tiny gripe was the finishers t-shirt..but thats it..well done to all the FLM admin bods, officials and volunteers....YOU RULE! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A tough race, but worth it In full: I fared much better this year, beating my 2005 time by 24 minutes. Last year was nothing short of a debacle: hitting the wall at 17 miles, walking for about 4 miles on and off, and it was too hot!
This year was far better, both in terms of pre-race preparation and the event itself, having had the chance to do a complete 15 week RW schedule, which included two half-marathons (the truly awful Sussex Beacon event and the magnificent "hilly Hastings half", where I got a PB). Carbo loading was better, and the Squeezy carbo gels certainly helped, I'm sure. I didn't hit the wall until about 22.5 miles, at which I decided to briskly walk for about 1.5 miles. I soon picked up the pace again and successfully completed the race. Had I run it completely I might have got a personal best but could have picked up an injury too, not good if one is going to run Edinburgh as well on 11th June!
Didn't give a damn about the rain, in fact preferred it to sunshine. No doubt I shall apply for 2007, mad fool that I am! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: It all went too fast In full: What an amazing experience. It was all fantastic! The friendliness of everyone at the start was brilliant. Superb organisation and light rain, fantastic! And then I saw Terri, my sports massage therapist just before the start. At just a couple of miles Graham (from Highworth Running Club) came passed. I only knew 3 people in over 34,000 and I had already seen two of them! Terri and I ran together for 10 miles but she was too quick for me so I did the decent thing and let her go. All through Greenwich, up to Cutty Sark the support was fantastic. I couldn't see my Dad at 7 miles so I was on a low. At 9 miles I was struggling but I gave myself a talking to and squeezed down a gel and all was well again. Over Tower Bridge, absolutely amazing cheers. Everyone was shouting my name and cheering me on. Once north of the river I was much better. Looking forward to the 15 mile marker because I thought Nev, Morgan and Imi would be there. Nev saw me which was great. Such a boost, a kiss and a cuddle and I was on my way again. When I hit 20 miles I knew I could do it. I saw my friend, Jo, at 24 miles, another hug and huge pat on the back. At this point I kept hearing "Kirsten you're looking so strong, have you been trying hard enough!!" Really gave me a lift. Turning the corner near Big Ben and I knew there wasn't long left. I was so excited! And the final bend in front of Buckingham Palace, 200 metres to go. I didn't believe I could do it and here I was just about to do it. The clock showed 4:31, it took 5 mins to get across the start so I did it. I beat 4:30!!! I am so chuffed. Official time 4:26. I finished in one piece feeling great, a little stiff though. The support was the best of British. Today I have been so proud to be part of one of the best running events in the world. A very humbling experience. I take my hat off to everyone who took part. Amazing. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: what a day! In full: I've never experienced anything like it. Thousands of people that you don't know calling out your name to keep you going, fellow runners helping one another when the going got tough. This is a definate for next year! My legs may ache but I feel great! Special mention to the people who helped me at Charing Cross Tube station when I felt a bit unwell. Thats what runners do... Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Amazing Crowds In full: I have done several marathons and what makes London so special is the amazing crowds. There seemed to be supporters everywhere, but around the Tower Bridge area is just incredible, I almost had tears in my eyes. When I was starting to struggle in the second half there was no way I could stop and walk. So many people were calling out my name. A great event. Weather helped this year, would not have fancied running in Saturday's weather. Although course is quick, it is not a PB course due to the number of runners. I started from Pen 5 and we came to a halt after only 500 metres. Several other places on the course you have to slow down. Organisation as always first class.
In short: First....and maybe last marathon..but WOW! In full: What a day...bit worried about the rain, but it helped stay cool..I was honest with my time on my entry so started in pen 9...way down the pack...and spent the rest of the time overtaking others. Impossible pace to get a good time if your at the back...so just enjoy the ride , thats what I did. High points..Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Tower Of London ...and Embankment to the end. If you could bottle the feeling as you turn into The Mall and see the finish you would make a fortune. Where the hell did that sprint come from too?? Low points? Some quieter areas...mile 15 to about 17, just when the legs turned to lead and I found the road from canary wharf to tower of london...very hard going.
Superp support from the crowds THANK YOU "Big Dave" on my t shirt and heard it called out hunderds of times...the organisation was faultless..would I do it again?? Would love to...just the thought of 3 months training is the hardest part...maybe its time for someone else to have a go! A massive thank you to everyone involved in this day..unforgettable. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Superb day - the experience of a lifetime because it will never be my first time again! In full: What a day! I have never experienced anything like that in my life.
Quick resume. First 13 miles went exactly to plan at around 10 mins per mile. At 16 I pulled a calf muscle. Tried to stretch it out. Adopted a walk one minute policy at every mile marker.
At 18 I felt my energy dip alarmingly - the wall? I'm not sure as I was gelling and lucosading like a gooden! Started to get slower and slower.
Seemed to run through the calf strain although it bloody well hurts now but the energy level became a big issue. At Tower Bridge with just that short run left I was beginning to get a bit desparate. And then the magical part of the day for me. I looked towards the spectators and there was little girl around 6 or 7. She looked me right in the eye, smiled, and said ' Come on Colin - you can do this.'
Well that got me going and there was a huge cheer from the crowd around her. I sped through the tunnel overtaking everybody that had been passing me previously.
Got to the final turn, saw the finish line and two things happened. I got an energy surge that allowed me a sprint(ish) finish and I started to cry! Pulled myself together for the photo but then spent the next 20 mins blubbing like a baby! I think I finished at 4hrs 50mins but I was that emotional I forgot to look at my watch!
It was the much talked about stuff that impressed me. The organisation was immaculate, the spectators just incredible and the route itself was amazing.
In short: I thoroughly enjoyed this even the coffin trail where i had to walk that was definately a killer. I bet the scenery was fantastic in colour all i could see was "wainwrightesq," black and white. Must pencil in more hills in my training !! Date of review: April 24, 2006