In short: First Marathon but hopefully not the last In full: As a marathon virgin, I had only other peoples word for it about how fantastic the atmosphere would be, but it was all true. The crowds were just amazing and really helped me through some difficult stages. It was so unexpectedly hot that I was far slower than I had hoped but it has not put me off trying to get in next year. 10 out of 10. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: WOW - exceded my first time out in 2004, amazing day, fantastic experience, excellent atmosphere and a new PB!! In full: Second year running and the atmosphere exceeded the first time out, the words of encouragement and cameradery as I struggled with a cramped up thigh from 21 miles was absolutely incredible. Finished with a pb of 3:48:20 knocking 25 mins of my previous time even with cramp! New course was a vast improvement on last year, only criticism is the unecessary narrowing of the course around the isle of dogs, why only one lane for runners and a full lane for specatators? Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: What can I say a a brillent day out in the best capital in the World In full: One slight bug bear with this race however is I still dont know why they make us all treck up to central London a few days before the race this is a realy pain in the neck and if they think they are stop the transfer of numbers they should think again Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: An unforgettable day In full: First ever marathon. Great day, smiles all the way round. Overwhelmed by the the amazing spectator support at Tower Bridge and up the Mall. Hobbling like Mrs Overall today! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Felt great for 14 miles on course for a PB,Got a stitch at 17 miles,begged for a paracetamol at 22 miles from St.john's ambulance lady after suffering severe headache from the sun, finished 1hr 15 mins outside PB but loved every minute of it!!! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: A fantastic day - managed to knock 41 minutes off my previous time, down to 3hrs 45. The crowds were amazing, expecially in the last 3-4 miles went it really started to hurt. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Wasn't expecting the sunshine but a great race! In full: I wasn't used to running in such warm conditions so came in slower than I had hoped but was an excellent day, one which I will never forget. The crowds were fantastic especially along the embakment and nearly made me cry near the mall! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Great day and weekend! In full: A fantastic day and overall weekend, the crowds were unbelievable and has been said elsewhere they deserve medals too. Absolutely gutted in my 1st marathon to finish 3 seconds outside 4 hours but suppose thats an incentive to do it again!!
The organisation was generally very good. However some of the roads were far too narrow, sometimes this was unavoidable but other narrowings were unnecessary and led to quite big problems.
Finally, best wishes to the few people I saw at the side of the road getting treatment, especially the guy near 9-10 miles. I really hope you're all ok. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: My first race, as such a guaranteed PB! In full: Started with serious misaprehension! Booking via RW brill. Support from 'NICK' fabulous. The gate at the start was a pity and a bit chaotic, my satelite thingy had the markers as quite a bit out, liked the hosepipe arrangement for water!! I Loved this, training is not much fun but if all proper events are at least as much fun as this then I am in for a long running career. Thanks to all. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Fantastic experience! Sun burnt shoulders! In full: My first marathon and it exceeded all expectations. The crowds were phenomenal, weather unbelieveable. Hard work if chasing a time, I spent more energy weaving and trying to get some space. People stopping or going very slowly kept taking away any rhythm. If walking should definitely move over and not spread out across road. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: A life-changing experience! In full: Definately one of the top 3 days in my life! It was my first marathon and i couldn't have asked for better surroundings, encouragement or atmoshpere! It's a must for everyone - what an experience! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: A rollercoaster ride! In full: My first full marathon! Was a bit disappointed with my time, finished in 4hr 48 min after I hit a mental brick wall on 21 miles, nasea & stitches! Said 'never again' yesterday, but will definitely do it again. Great atmosphere and wonderful crowds. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: A schorcher!!! In full: Enjoyed it again last did it in 2003 in nearly identical conditions but really enjoyed all the support. May never again want to drink another Lucozade Sport. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: THE BEST In full: First marathon for me. The crowd support the whole way round was unbelievable. The Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge crowds were deafening. The last 4 miles I was carried by the sheer noise - BRILLIANT.
I will never forget the feeling of running along Birdcage Walk and around the corner to The Mall and the finish. The crowd deserve medals too. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Fantastic weather, fantastic crowds, fantastic day In full: Had a great first 20, feeling good keeping up with Jane the Runners World 10 min/mi pacer who was doing a great job and all going very well and then had a painful stitch and had to result to a fast walk, but still finished in just under 5hrs, not quite the time I wanted. A paniful finish also suffering with sun burn but still had fantastic day. The crowds where out of this world. Date of review: April 18, 2005