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
In short: The weather helped make up for some inadequacies. In full: The squeeze gate after 300 metres was never likely to work and caused problems I measured the course as 10.3km The water station was under-manned and the hosepipe was not the way to do it There were not enough marshalls The 2km fun run was actually 2.7km and inadequate provision was made for those at the back of the field. The car parking organisation was poor.
Now I may sound like a misery. I'm not. I'm hoping to point out areas that can be considered for improvement.
In short: An amazing experience, thanks to the crowd support In full: This is my third marathon, but my first big event and it is difficult to imagine going back to empty, quiet roads. Great route, well-organised race and magnificent support. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: The atmosphere makes it so worthwhile In full: This was my 3rd FLM and easily the best! London isn't all about times and PB's, its about the occasion, the fantastic atmosphere and raising money for the charities. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Fantastic day and a great atmosphere. In full: A truly memorable day. From the weather to the crowds, everything was ideal. Definately coming back next year although I doubt that it could be as special as this time. Date of review: April 18, 2005