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
In short: Not for the faint hearted or beginners. The hills can be very tough. Suited to club runners. In full: The race is well organised and friendly, but is damn hard. I struggled with the hills and only manged to avoid last place but out sprinting the bloke in the Superman custume and the two asthmatic women in baggy tracksuits.
Someday I'll go back and do it....... Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: shocking start/finish organisation In full: Really need to sort out the start..waiting at Reading station for 45 minutes to get to the start was hideous-the return journey even worse. Nice finishing in the football stadium but after that chaos-won't do again simply because of the start/finish problems. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Proud to be a Brit!! In full: Excellent crowds, organisation, water stops, St Johns Heroes, great freebies, made me proud to be a Brit. PS Slight whinge to other runners - Please, leave the mobile phones at home:-) Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: a must lifetime experience In full: A fantastic day out, from strolling around greenwich park before the race to crossing through the finishing line. My first marathon and cant wait to return for more. Date of review: April 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race, Organisation, Spectators....Only marred by some water stations running out In full: My first marathon, was trying to run all the way but had to walk from mile 21 after nearly blacking out. Bit concerning and dangerous that water stations ran out, especially in that heat. If I'd managed to run all the way It would have been a dream come true. So now I guess I'll have to try again Date of review: April 18, 2005