In short: Great crowds, very hot, chaos at the repatriation area. In full: 2nd time at FLM, first time was in 1998 in the rain. Was looking forward to not getting wet at the start this time, but at half way began to wish it was pouring down! It was so hot. Great atmosphere, fantastic support from all the people in the crowd, especially at the BHF supporting points. What a complete shambles at the end leaving the finish area and trying to get to the underground. Took about an hour to get through throng to Piccadilly Circus. Still didn't spoil my PB. 1 hour better than last time. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic! In full: My first marathon and what an experience, definitely one you run for the experience and the joy of finishing. The only criticisms I can levy are that the marshalls didnt keep the course clear of children until central london( bikes, skates, milling about) and the water and lucozade stations ran dry several times despite assurances there would be more than enough for all.It was a hot one and the organisers were caught short, It seems the concentrated on the later miles and underestimated runners needs in the early miles,
A wonderful event though which I feel very priviledged to be given a chance to take part in Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Unfortunately organisation was a shambles with confusion over route & mix up between 5k and 10k races taking place at the same time. This resulted in a signifcant number of competitors either giving up or adding unwanted distance. In full: A shame about the organisation. Assuming this is sorted out next time quite a challenging and low key race Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Organisation was excellent, route is fast and flat, crowds were brilliant this year, on a sunny day and the finish was just as well organised as the start. Children with Leukaemia held a superb reception and warmly welcomed all its runners. Thanks Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Probably the best race in the world... In full: Despite it being a bit too hot for me and starting off too fast I had a blast. This was my first marathon but I can't imagine any others topping the overall experience. The crowd were awesome! The only thing stopping me from doing this again is that I'd like to give other people the chnace to get in. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Excellent race,,terrrrrrrrrrrrrific crowd support In full: Very well organised, as it should be, but let down by the repatriation area being complete chaos and NO cheese and tomato sandwich to sit and eat near the finish (one of my fondest memories of previous FLM's) and Peperami / gelatine sweets were no substitute - particularly as I am not a meat eater. Moan, moan, anyway great race, great day, got a PB and Paula won. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Absolutely incredible!! In full: 1st marathon. Didn't really believe everyone when they said the crowds would carry you along but I got such a buzz from people cheering me on I hardly noticed the first 16 miles. Having your name on your shirt is a definite must. The atmosphere was electric - I don't think anything could top this!
In short: Best race ever In full: Despite the heat on the day which totally drained me I had a fantastic time. The support just goes to prove why London is so great and you could not fault the organisation - well done to all the volunteers. Would I do it again? Definitely. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: The disappointment of missing my target time was washed away in a flood of emotions brought on by the incessant crowd support and the kinship felt between all us runners. In full: The pain and the ecstasy. This was a 26.2-mile emotional rollercoaster that will live in the memory forever. Not because I had a good run - I didn't - but for the crowd support, the weather, the many forumites I passed and was passed by, but most of all for all the other runners out there. We were all united by one common bond. We had to get to the finish no matter whether we were fast and loose, or a bit slower with muscles tightening by the second.
This was my ninth London, but my first for six years. I'd forgotten the impact the event has on your senses and had thought that I would make this my last London for quite some time, and go off and find some other challenges. But it gets into your blood, and now, less than 24 hours after dragging myself to the finish, I want to do it again.
In short: My first London Marathon - thank you people of London !!! In full: Great weather (must remember sun cream next time), the crowds made it for me, lost count of number of bands, dancers, cheer leaders - what an amazing turn out. ran A PB by 17 minutes too. My jaw aches I smiled so much during the race ! One draw back and I dont think there is much that can be done is the congestion around the repatriation area. You may want to check out my pre race diary on www.justgiving.com/sean_whewell_london_2005 - another great race I would suggest is the Stockport 10 mile road race in December Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: My second FLM Must try even harder next year In full: Yet another fantastic day. I failed to beat my target 4 hours . Probably due to heat and starting too fast.However at 4h18m was 4 mins. faster than 04.Will just have to try harder next year. Date of review: April 19, 2005