In short: I challenge anyone to run FLM and not enjoy the atmosphere! In full: Yes of course its going to hurt but its worth it. Not a PB marathon though as too many people but thats what makes it special. Go to enjoy it and you won't be disapointed. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Hellish sunburn but brilliant fun In full: First time marathon - in fact I have only been running for six months. Tore my hamstring seven weeks before FLM so wasn't even sure I was going to make the start line. I was advised by both doctor and physio not to run....but what do they know?....a lot as it turned out as the hamstring went again at twenty miles. Finished in four hours fifty five minutes with a huge smile on my face masking the enormous levels of pain that I was in....loved it! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: If it is this good for the Marathon, bring on the Olympics In full: The crowd deserve a Massive thank you, sweets, sandwiches and even offers of beer! as you ran around the course. The pubs with their live bands and disco music made it a real carnival event.. The supporters who cheered you personally on deserve a TV style thank you from all the runners, they certainly did lift you and eased the pain.! Only negative point that between 18-19 mile the water & Lucozade ran out (just when you needed it) Overall fantastic and the London Olympic bid should have been interviewing people there yesterday to capture the unique family event. Something my wife nor I will ever forget.
In short: One of the most fantastic experiences I've witnesses can't wait for next year. In full: This was my first marathon and whilst I found it heavy going from mile 15, the experience was second to none. The organisation was excellent and the crowds were fantastic. See you next year. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: I forgive the mess on the trains and the pile-up in the repatriation area because the race was truly amazing. Thanks to all the supporters; you made this a great race. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: It is what it is. If FLM sounds like your sort of race, you won't be disappointed! In full: Like I said, if FLM sounds like your sort of race then you won't be disappointed. It's a behemoth, but it's a highly polished behemoth indeed. If thousands of supporters, massive levels of hype, slick-talking charities, and the TV cameras are your idea of a great race, then FLM will exceed your wildest expectations. But if Abingdon (or the like) is your idea of a great marathon (committed support, fine local marshalls, great scenery, but overall a low profile) then run FLM once (because it's worth it for the experience) but don't expect to be totally won over or your life changed.
Every runner won't fall in love with FLM, but no runner should miss experiencing it at least once. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: every superlative used is true - magic, amazing In full: i didn't believe it could live up to all the hype, but it exceeded it - the most amazing experience of my life second only to giving birth! Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Excellent In full: What a race. Atmosphere again excellent and managed to improve PB by 5 mins. Not sure about the course changes though. Miss running past the tower even if does mean doing it on cobbles. Receiving a lucozade from Jonny Wilkinson made up for it though. Will definitely come back. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Fantastic fantastic, and did I mention fantastic, it really doesn't get better than that!! In full: The weather helped what was to be a fitting 25th race of the London Marathon. The crowds seemed to be loader as well as the music. There was no shortage of fancy dress who really make the spectators cheer. If you still haven't done London then what more do you want. Date of review: April 18, 2005