I agree Vanessa - The only thing I can fault.
GNR has more people and they can do it - thing is of all the things they organise, that would be one of the easiest things!!
It is the single complaint I ever had of the London Marathon. Good knows why but it is always the same issue and I doubt it will ever change. The t-shirt is for medium size men. Period.
However, everything else is just superbly organised, 2 goody bags, fantastic medal, etc...
agree. organisation is spectacular. the marshalls at the end should get a big cheer. getting my foil blanket out of my bag; wrapping me up in the foil blanket; re-wrapping me up in my foil blanket as i managed to un-wrap myself; sending me on in the right direction; giving me support when i was completely @&*%$"&!.
but the finishers t-shirt it shit.
I have always though that a good quality polo shirt should be available to order for all finishers - as well as the freebie
The polo shirt would be good quality and would have the VLM logo and be embrodered with your race number and finish time. Obviously this would be paid for but would be a big seller I believe
I'm a medium sized man and I am pleased with the t-shirt fits just fine
At least it better quality than previous years I hear
My wife and I run our own small T-Shirt printing company (when not training for marathons!!) and would be happy to provide an embroidered Polo shirt with logo and time and date on as '3.30 or bust' mentioned, but we would not be able too due to copyright I would think?. It's a good idea though, but it wouldn't be cheap as individual shirts, so I dont know how many would take it up?. Also If kept to one company with strict quality control and any profit shared with a charity it might stop the greed merchants trying to cash in on it?.
See, you should have run Brighton, I know London's over-rated. Even finishing over 5 hours, I was asked what size shirt I wanted - and then was handed the size I wanted! As a slowcoach, I find the small sizes have usually run out and I end up with a tent, but not there.
Not that I'll never wear it, but that's a different story.
Hey LB....good to see you at mile 17.......we've run side by side at DL in Warrington many times although you wouldn't know it was me because i didn't have the nurse on....lol
i loved the t-shirt for a change, of the 8 london marathons i've run this is the best t yet although that sdoesn't say much, i'd gladly pay a few quid more....
It's a good design, it's free, the race fee is very good value, and if you want something snazzier there's an Expo for 4 days and a permanent shop selling everything you could possibly ask for.
They have done technical t-shirts in the past and they are unpleasant to wear, they get easily deformed, and the printing is poor. Personally I'm delighted with mine, especially the absence of any markings on it suggesting it's a charity parade, which many in the past have been, or any sneering at non-runners, like the one three or four years ago with the toe-curling "that's the difference between me and you" nonsense.
A decent Technical shirt doesn't go out of shape and prints fine depending on the colour of the shirt. Not so nice to wear as a cotton shirt for non running, but for any sport they are so much better to wear than cotton due to the wicking ability. As for cost, they are about double the price of a cotton shirt as a blank garment but if they cut back on all the other crap most don't want/use, I'm sure they could provide one in at least two sizes and still make a decent profit!. More about greed sadly. Also it's nice to be able to wear an event shirt while training if your proud of your achievment.
It isw a bit disappointing it doesnt fit BUT I still wore it all day yesterday with my medal!
My 2010 T-shirt...the red Londone one I wear over my training kit when doing long runs if its cold...it means that people in the pubs I run past are always happy to let me use the loo! And that's what I'll be doing with this one!
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