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
In short: My first marathon In full: What a great day - ran this race with my daughter neither of us having ever run a marathon before both of us crossing the line together at 5hr15m . organisation was spot on and the support from all was a credit to our capital .We ran for st john ambulance and would like to thank them for their amazing support ( Katharine and Rachel ) I would also praise all the st johns crews in attendance (too many to name ) Tony and Kathie Gates Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Excellent day for a run, great crowd... a pity about my result time In full: I was keen to beat last year's 5hrs 44, but ended up with 6hrs07, which I can't explain. Was it the heat? Did the rain last year make me run faster? Was it virus infection 6 wks ago upsetting things? Was it the 20 minutes loo queue at mile 15? I felt better running, had prepared better, enjoyed the crowds, the support (although one supporter nearly had my precious water thrown at him around mile 22 for calling us runners lazy b******, but I decided I would need my water more), the weather was glorious, I had more supporters with me... It's a marathon miracle?! Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: excellent weather and good conditions In full: this was the first time i have done the London "IT WAS BRILLIANT" and hope to do it next year + i also found a pound coin near the 23 mile mark and it has brought me good luck as i finished the race in 4hr.24m.35s Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: What makes this race stand out from the rest is the crowd - The atmosphere gives you shivers down your spine In full: The organisation was fantastic especially the volunteers dishing out the water and Lucosade - couldnt fault it. Only one gripe and that is for people to enter a realistic expectation of finish times - Spent first five miles stuck behind 9 minute milers starting in pen 3 of elite men who should have been doing 7 minute miles or less and some who started walking after 3 miles. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Great achievement. Wonderful crowds and support. Something I'll remember forever In full: Where was the rain? Probably the hottest day of the year so far. My first marathon and found it really tough. Managed to complete it inside my target of 4h, coming in at 3:50 mainly thanks to the crowd and support over the last 3 miles. The st. John's guys got my legs going again at 24 when I thought they were done so a big thankyou to everyone involved. Great run and definity worth doing if you are looking for a marathon to run. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Marvelous London ! In full: For a first time marathon event I have never been moved by the support given my thousands of people! Londoners have something to be very proud about and I would love to do this every year..... despite the fact I still cant walk ! Thank you to all the vlounteers on the day, they are also remarkable in their efforts ! Date of review: April 19, 2005