In short: Fantastic atmosphere for my very first (and maybe last!!) marathon In full: It hurt! A lot! But I'm so pleased to have done it, the crowds are fantastic, the organisation amazing for such a big race, and it really was a very special day. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: What a fantastic day!!! In full: My second FLM. Last time did it in a heart costum and this time went for a time and managed a sub 4 hour (3:54). Excellent. The atmosphere realy is somthing else. Well done again to the organisers. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: First time, great experience and fantastic atmosphere In full: Enjoyed the whole day from start to finish. It was a hard slog, the crowds were wonderful, 17-21 the most difficult but the home stretch was fantastic - I doubt I'll be eating another jelly baby!
Definitely an achievement...never again? Will have to see.. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: A VERY HOT DAY, AND TOUGH COURSE FOR MY FIRST EVER RUN AT 10K. THE FINAL RUN UP THE PLOUGHED FIELD NEARLY KILLED ME!. HOWEVER ONCE RECOVERED ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE. WILL RETURN. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Some of the hills are a bit challenging, runners and walkers are very much respected In full: This year will be my third run in the race for life, I love the atmosphere and the organisation is very good. This race converted me from a non runner, to someone who wants to race as much as possible now. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: exellent race to take part in In full: i really enjoyed this race,atmosphere was good, managed a PB, T-shirt and medal were exellent will definately be doing again Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: At the finish line that was definitely my 1st and last marathon, but..... In full: Thought the whole event was extremely well organised, crowds were absolutely fantastic, especially in the last 6 miles when people are hitting 'the wall', and other runners make the day very special. Swore yesterday I would never run a marathon again, but now my legs feel like my own, I will most likely enter next years event. One minor niggle was the lack of toilets at Blackheath as the queues were unreasonable. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: A fantastic experience and one I would like to repeat In full: My first marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The crowds were amazing and really encouraging. Finished in 4:09 and still felt reasonably energised. My only advice would be to not be too conservative with your predicted finish time on application if you want to get a good start. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: unbelievable experience In full: First time marathon and found it truly a hard slog.
We travelled down on the Friday, to beat the crowds for registration and then just to chill out. But unfortunately on the Saturday, ended up "going for a walk" and after about 5 hours I realised I hadn't a rest.( stupid, very stupid!
I suffered yesterday for it, I hit the wall a bout 13 mile, and struggled the rest of the way.
Crowd lived up the expectation of being brilliant and the other runners were supportive. All in all great day, and after saying I would never do it every again... roll on 2006.
In short: An unforgettable experience for a first-time marathoner. The FLM is a race that everybody should try at least once. In full: The support from the crowds is far greater than I imagined. Their cheers kept us all going through every mile. My only suggestion would be to put on loads more loos at Blackheath at the start - the queues were huge. Other than that it was a fantastic event. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Never felt pain like it but running 4.28 and getting that medal around my neck made everything worthwhile. In full: Thanks so much to everyone who shouted my name and cheered me on. I wasn't up to thanking them at the time but it dragged me around. Amazing atmosphere, superb weather, I avoided the runners trots (just). FANTASTIC. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: i swore yesterday i'd never do it again but my slow time is beggining to bug me - probably again :) In full: they need to sort the re-pat area out but the atmosmephere makes it a must do race. as for a pb forget it zig zagging must add a mile to the race. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: brilliant day - made complete by RW supporters at mile 17 In full: personally a hard race - my first marathon will be back for more excellent support along the way don't forget to get your name on your vest! Date of review: April 18, 2005
I did the first race in 1981 and waited 25 years to repeat the experience. Organisation like clockwork, crowds brilliant and the contribution of the army of volunteers magnificent. Don't think I'll wait 25 years to do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2005