VLM - Toilet!

Tips about the best places to go on route please

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20/04/2012 at 17:50
It's my first London Marathon on Sunday.  Any tips about going to the loo on route?  Do the toilets have long waiting times? A bit of a worry for someone like me...  Any tips please? Thanks.
20/04/2012 at 17:55
Better to get tips on how to make sure you don't have to go
20/04/2012 at 17:59
M or F? There are lots of loos at the start, with a decent sized urinals 'pen' for gents, then plenty on the course, but as you can imagine the early ones are more popular. Last year the bushes on the left just after the red start were hugely popular. As was the barricading leading up to the start line which was just plain disgusting....
20/04/2012 at 18:04
F and Blackheath start.  Happy with a bush if desperate....
20/04/2012 at 18:08

Good questions!

F and Red start.

Quite frigthened of using the loos on route.  Not only in terms of how clean they may be, but how to squat/hover with muscles that no longer work. I foresee issues......

Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
20/04/2012 at 18:10
there are loads and loads of loos at Blackheath - and some female urinal things as well. There will be queues but get there early and join the queue, when you have been, join the queue again.

There are plenty of loos on route, but depending on your pace, there may well be queues at them.

There are some bushes on route, but not many.
M...eldy    pirate
20/04/2012 at 18:11
I used one on route .. round about Docklands  would think .. didnt have to queue and I have to say the ones at the start were fine too
Dont rely on getting in to one of the early ones tho would all I would say
20/04/2012 at 18:12
Maybe there is some some of thing you can do to make you not have to go at all. Just ran my 9th marathon and never had to go once on route. Or any other race come to that.
20/04/2012 at 18:13
Now what exactly is female urinal?
20/04/2012 at 18:13

Thanks. Probably won't need one for the first few miles but knowing me definitely will a bit later on...

20/04/2012 at 18:16

Female urinals? I got a leaflet about it when I picked up my pack at the Excel yseterday.  Never used one before.....

20/04/2012 at 19:09
I just ran into a pub and used theirs. Nobody seems to mind on marathon day.

Have a great run.

20/04/2012 at 20:08
Good idea! Thanks limper
20/04/2012 at 21:55
Type Runnersh... into Google. Do not ever do this.
20/04/2012 at 22:51
Yes - wot limper says - pubs on way just love runners coming in to use the facilities - at one place they even cleared out the men's loos for me as there was such a queue at the ladies.
20/04/2012 at 23:07
i have got my shee wee, so if needs be i will use that but yeah i do worry about where the toilets will be too, it says they are every couple of miles, at least i can pee standing up with my shee wee lol
20/04/2012 at 23:54
Ask Paula!
21/04/2012 at 00:53
I thought I'd need to go, but didn't stop for the loo in either of my marathons (5 hours and 4:40). I could have gone during both, but didn't have to. I did look at the queue (which actually wasn't very long) when I  did London, but I reasoned if I stopped I might not get going again!
21/04/2012 at 08:01
female urinal for you curious ones lol
21/04/2012 at 08:52

There were female urinals at the blue start last year.  I started a thread on it cos i saw a bloke peeping through the gaps round the back.

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