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
In short: Pleasant country lanes and a new PB In full: My second 10k and nearly three minutes off my PB, so have a positive view of this race. Undulating course but not too challenging. Unfortunately the organisation let it down a little - no map with the race instructions or confirmation of what race I'd joined. Still, I enjoyed the low key atomosphere and sunny morning, the start was good as well as we took over the road for a while. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Awesome In full: Memo to self - even if you've decided what to wear and how to run, allow for the fact that the weather forecast may be WRONG! I was expecting cold and planned accordingly so sweated and suffered all the way. Can't wait for next year though. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Nothing can come close - simply the best!! In full: After running London, I don't want to do any marathon other than this ever again! Fantastic in every way - what wonderful, supportive crowds, great course and faultless organisation. A day I'll never forget. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: great day my 4th London gets better every year In full: brilliant day out should be a must do for everyone. agree with other i wish people would put silly finish times downs i was in pen 6 on blue but spent at least the 1st six miles zig zagging around walkers. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Marshalling??? In full: I drove quite a distance to run and was on for a pb at 7km! What happened to the marshalling?? Myself and many other runners went the wrong way - I also witnessed another runner coming back from a wrong turn earlier in the race and there was a marshall on that corner - not sure how she managed not to direct him in the right way! Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: A little hot again this year but the crowd pulled me through... In full: Fantastic event!!
This year was my second FLM (previously ran in 2003) and I was really hoping for a little more cool breeze or drizzle given the forecast before the weekend.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be, and I think the heat played its part in my almost clockwork 10min miles falling apart at about mile 16/17.
However, this was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. When I realised that I wasn't going to make my 4:20 target time I eased back and felt comfortable it getting round under 5:00. I decided to run walk the later stages and found myself smiling almost all of the way in, especially after a 50m 'sprint' to the finish to ensure that i was under the 5hrs. The crowd were fantanstic, I just couldn't believe that so many people would stay around to watch the 5hr runners coming home!!
I finished in 4:58:43 and felt great, if a little emotional.
I'm already looking forward to next year, and my first outing to the snowdonia race in oct this year! Date of review: April 19, 2005