In short: Awesome race, awesome atmosphere In full: Where do I start? Superb crowds, iconic scenery, brilliantly organised, awe-inspiring. My first and only full marathon so far. You're made to feel like a hero by all the crowds and anyone else in the city who sees you wearing the medal afterwards. It may have hurt like hell but don't regret any of it. A must-do for all wannabe runners. Date of review: November 18, 2012
In short: I done it!! At last! In full: 4th attempt at a ballot place and I got in! Its not a hard course (he says, its a blooming marathon!) but the number of people put pay to any PB potential I'd say - GPS system picked up an extra mile of running due to the weaving in and out of slower runners that over-estimate their finishing time - but hey, it's the LONDON MARATHON! Biggest one in the world, the fun run, the one that 99% of runners want to do and I have! Would always do it again but wont under-estimate miles 21-25 which really are not my friends!!
In short: Huge event and experience everyone should try In full: My 2nd LM, last one was back in 2005. I trained very hard for this race and overall greatly enjoyed the experience and atmosphere, once I'd written off and accepted I wasn't going to get a PB.
There was some pretty bad congestion in the first mile or two coming from Blue pen 4 and I was forced to stop and walk a couple of times, very frustrating. Took a long time to get into a settled rhythm because of the frequent stop/start nature; I'd suggested the course has probably reached it's maximum capacity and it would be great if they could vet entrants a bit better somehow, far too many people in faster pens that shouldn't have been there.
However, the support and atmosphere generated by the great UK public blows other big city marathons I've done out of the water (Paris + Berlin). I will keep applying to do this run - maybe one year I'll get a clear run at it as I'd love to do my PB here, but if not I will make sure I enjoy and savour the atmosphere. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Totally lives up to the hype In full: As far as atmosphere is concerned, I never expected any race to beat the Great North Run, but I was wrong. Absolutely amazing atmosphere from the start to the finish. I loved everything about it, the camaraderie, the crowds were spectacular, Tower Bridge, the pacers were great too. To top off a perfect running experience, I finally broke 4 hours so a marathon PB as well. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Best sporting event I've ever done In full: Fantastic day and very well organised. Brilliant support from the crowds. My third marathon but first London and loved it. Only small negative was having to go to the Expo to collect running number and chip. Got a pb and will be back next year! Date of review: May 3, 2012
In short: Great atmosphere but too overcrowded to pace properly and what about a technical t-shirt in a variety of sizes. In full: My first time at London and my 6th marathon overall. I found it so crowded at the start that my pace plan fell by the wayside in the first couple of miles. The lack of ability to run at pace or with my usual gait meant my legs were sore at 6 miles in. So I decided to ignore my time and just enjoy it and after the half way point things eased. The support was fantastic the whole way round. The expo was good but so large I felt I hadn't covered it properly. The goody bag was OK but what about a technical t-shirt or at least a shirt in a variety of sizes. The large size means a small woman like me now has a cotton nightshirt with London Marathon on the front. Date of review: May 1, 2012