In short: Wow what a day In full: The atmosphere of this race was brilliant. All those people standing out in the rain cheering, shouting and in some places screaming us on. What a day. A special mention to runners world for the talk at Excel aimed at us slower runners, really calmed my nerves and prepared me for the day. THANK YOU Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: My favorite race so far and will be doing it again. Good atmosphere - lots of fun. Nice and flat albeit one or maybe two small but steep inclines. Excellent if your a beginner/intermediate runner. Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: A day I'll never forget In full: This race is a race I will never ever forget. The organisation was superb, the atmosphere was electric, the course was fairly flat and enjoyable, and the medal/goody bag/foil blanket were all worth running for! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: absoluteley knackered but see you next year In full: It never gets any easier, not apparent problems with the organisation except for early drink stations having removed and apparently diosposed of all the tops of the water bottles! I like to carry mine between mile markers and then get a new one. Felt sorry for some runners - I had the fluorescent name of Big Nose on my St John Ambulance tee shirt and there were some poor sods who beaks were bigger than mine hearing the shout of "Come on Big Nose" and thinking the crowd were being rude to them!! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Boy it was crowded today In full: Struggled to get any space to run for ages, not stopping but held up far to many times for comfort. Not sure if the new route was a help or a hindrance. Brilliant organisation and atmosphere but not a pb course for anyone running over 3:30 Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Good pace race, undulating, don't understand why only 545 listed on the results list, seemed like many more on the day.... last year is quoted at 820 ? got the urge to do it again ! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: There is a god - nice weather for the runners and a new PB for me - 3:51:47 In full: It was absolutely fantastic - and the crowds standing in the rain were unbelievable. High fives, bananas, oranges, sweets ... ..and lets not forget all the marshalls, drinks station staff, St. Johns Ambulance, Police etc. without whom it would just not go on. Roll on 2007!!
The only thing that spoilt it for me (as last year) was the poor organisation on the trains. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: One of the best organised races Ive been to. Secure bag storage a great bonus, as I was on my own at this race. Engraved glass at the end was a nice touch too. Results came out pretty quick too. So well done organisers!! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Flawless organisation, amazing crowds dispite the rain - fantastic race! In full: After a very tough 20 miler 3 weeks ago and a previous small marathon 2 years ago that both left me sore and were a real struggle to finish, I was expecting more of the same today. But apart from a brief tough patch in the middle (which was cured by an energy gel), I felt on top form today and not finishing was never an option. The crowds were amazing, encouraging everyone on the whole way even though it must have been miserable for them in the rain. It was so inspiring to see so many people running for causes that were obviously close to their hearts having lost loved ones. But it seemed that every time I started to feel a little down about the tragedies that had brought people to the race, Buzz Lightyear or Winnie the Pooh would go past and bring the smile back to my face. It's a race about laughing, crying, sharing and celebrating the human spirit - something I've never encountered in a race before. I had the most incredible time and will never forget what I saw and experienced today Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Tough climbs and technical descents, good race. In full: Almost everything was excellent the course, the set-up, the marshalls, the water station and the finish. BUT there were a about 40 to 50 people running the wrong way down the course while the steady masses were trying to climb the first hill over slate and tough terrain. Very off putting. Needs to be reviewed! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Life-affirming first marathon In full: A glorious struggle around the world's greatest city. I found myself completely overwhelmed by the whole thing and any pacing flew out of the window from the very start. I couldn't believe the sheer size of the field and the enthusiasm of the crowds. As a result I just couldn't get going and dig in to try and get under four hours. Flawless organisation made the day so special, and the friendliness and commitment of the marshalls was second to none. Well done.
I don't think I would do it again, I'd like to give a 'smaller' marathon a go, but am so, so glad that I have done it. I would recommend it to anyone, you've got to do it just to experience Tower Bridge. Awesome. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Beat my last year time by over three minutes but still cannot make it up final hill without stopping!!! In full: Well organised and freindly race that seems to be growing in popularity each year but managing not to loose the plot. Course a real challenge with no chance of setting distance PB but worth coming back each year to try and beat PB for course. Shame no goodies at end but suppose that's why price reasonable and hopefully the school still gets a few pounds. Well done, hopefully I will be missing next years race as have defered place for London but will be back again the year after. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: A fantastic first Marathon! In full: If a marathon is your running aim,then London simply has to be the first one you do. OK, all subsequent venues will pale into insignificance but the race, the supporters, the views and organisation make your first marathon the most special of achievements.
A huge thank you to all the supporters who stood in the rain for hours, the musical bands and the fantastic marathon helpers, you're all stars and made the day one of the best in my life. An incomparable experience.
Will be back again, for sure. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Unbelievable. One of the best experiences of my life!!! In full: What an incredible day! By far and away the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Every inch of my body hurts but it was worth every second. I hope you all had a great day Date of review: April 23, 2006