In short: a truly uplifting event - but do need more loos along the course In full: My first full marathon, and a truly memorable day. High points, the crowds cheering, the sunny start. Low points, miles 21,22 along the embankment - pouring down with rain and getting cold. They need to put more toilets for the runners along the way as nearly all of them had queues at them, not good if you're looking for a time to finish. I managed 4hrs 50 which I am dead chuffed with. Would I do it again, ask me that in a few days time when the aches and pains have died down. Steve
In short: Nothing really compares for the atmosphere. In full: Wish the Expo was easier to get to and the changing tents a bit closer to the finish, but they're the only gripes I can think of. Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: Thank you organisers, helpers and crowds!!! In full: What a phenomenal experience, so many brilliant memories to keep. The sights and sounds of 35,000 people pitting themselves against the distance (and the elements!) and thousands more encouraging us along the way. I have never felt so lifted by human spirit before as I did crossing the iconic Tower Bridge with tears in my eyes (of joy thankfully) and running into the horizontal rain along the Embankment hanging on for dear life for the finish. Thanks to the organisers, the marshalls, the drinks stations people, the police, St Johns, the bands, clearer-uppers and to the hoardes of people cheering us on - you were incredible! Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: FANTASTIC HAVE SIGNED UP FOR 2009 In full: 4th london,best one yet,despite the weather.thanks to rw pacers took 20mins of by best marathon time,this was my 11th marathon. EXCELLENT ALL ROUND FROM REG TO FINISH. MUST DO AGAIN. Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: Superb first time marathon experience. Crowd were amazing at times In full: Being a first-timer i was hoping for a time of 4:10. I took one carb gel too many at mile 19 and i found it very hard to digest. I was stop-start for the next 5 miles but flew through the final 2 miles when i finally felt better. Definately going to do it again to achieve my target time or sun=b 4:00 Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: If you're going to run a marathon - run the FLM In full: Although I had a few problems with my race number (no zone number printed on it so had to start nearer th back) the organisation in general was excellent. To backup a previous comment - £28 to close central London for the day with thousands of marshalls, st johns ambulance, police etc - great value for money.
The course itself is mostly flat (a few small undulations) but the crowns (especially over the last 4 miles) make it a fast course. You can't help but get a lift with the suppor they give you.
Plenty of drinks stations, excellent t-shirt + medal (more than you get a Robin hood marathon for a similar price) Great goody bag, free transport on the day for runners (take note BUPA Great North RUN).
To top it all off a massive pb. Great day out and will be back next year (or when I next get accepted!)
In short: Narrow roads, screaming, so bloody British In full: The first time I could run 100 paces unimpeded was after I went through the finish! Why funnel the roads every half mile? Very frustrating, noisy, unpleasant. Just like driving these days - some cut you up without realising, some apologise, nobody really tries to make allowance for others - it's all me, me, me. Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: It's the LONDON MARATHON In full: BEEN THERE DONE IT GOT THE T-SHIRT LOOKING AT SOME RATINGS SOME HAVE KNOCKED VALUE FOR MONEY ?! £28 TO RUN IN THE LONDON MARATHON, HALF OF LONDON ROADS SHUT 100'S OF St JOHN'S 1000'S OF PEOPLE IN THE CROWDS !!?? 100'S OF POLICE ETC ETC £28 !!?? THIS IS THE BEST VALUE DAY OUT YOU WILL EVER GET .