In short: The best in the World but could be better. In full: There needs to be a look at the repatriation area, when i finished it was complete chaos getting to it. not what you want when you have just finished a marathon. Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: Fantastic crowds and great scenery In full: Very well marshalled with excellent regular drink and sponge stops - even had markers telling you that they were coming up so you didn't miss them. This was my first half and it was good enough to make me go on and (so far) do two more halves and a full marathon. Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: horrible weather, great race -well worth it! In full: Yet again, the weather was awful with strong headwinds, rain and mist. However, the support was excellent and the organisers treat you very well from start to finish and beyond. The hills weren't as bad as I was expecting as most of them were very short. The post race goody bag was the best I've ever got and the (free) evening buffet were outstanding. Having Bill Bryson present my medal was the icing on the cake. Well worth it! Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: bad if you want a pb, though absolutely awesome otherwise In full: not good if you want to run fast time - unless you can make championship start (maybe next year??) but absolutely awesome run. amazing crowd support. some pretty spectacular views - running over tower bridge was pretty amazing. very well organised. overall pretty special Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: Fantastic event more loos at start please In full: A great race and enjoyed every second, even having to queue for ten minutes for the loos at mile fifteen and then when I got in it wondered if I should have waited. Weather was a bit hot later in the day for us slower runners but nevertheless fantastic event. More toilets at Blackheathe please and then I would not have had to stop at fifteen. Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: A great challenge In full: After training for months in the cold, wind and rain, having to run in glorious sunshine was very draining. This was great for the event but punishing for the runners. Overall a great event and wonderful experience. Date of review: April 20, 2005
In short: Virgin Marathoner up for another In full: Immense. Wanted 4hrs 30mins, but heat only made 5hrs 13mins 27secs possible, but when muscle soreness took over at 25miles and reduced me to a walk I took in all the crowds and scenery and enjoyed and forgot about the times.
Will be applying next year! Date of review: April 19, 2005