In short: An excellant course makes the race In full: I personally really enjoyed this race having set a new PB on what is a super fast and pretty course through the parks; a long stretch of downhill from miles 7 - 10 and unlike some i found the final 3 miles down the promenade a great flat finish....you cannot blame the course for struggling at the end! Felt the atmosphere was decent, and the post race massage and medal are definately positives.
Like others my only real criticism relates to the organisation at the start, it will definately be a good idea to move it as planned next year - and incorporate different pens, it seems abit ridiculous that faster runners have to fight their way through the crowd to the start - i certainly didnt blame the guys i saw jumping the barriers to avoid doing so.
Having finished before the crowds came in, i didnt have a problem at the finish although i could see how once it got busier they'd struggle to deal with everyone efficiently. I dont expect much from the inappropriately named "goody" bags at races, but beef jerky and toilet paper did seem like an exercise in irony! I liked the t-shirt design but for £30 you expect a technical t-shirt.
Overall a great event, and with an improved start next year i'd definately expect to see it go from strength to strength. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Fantastic crowds make london what it is..... In full: Whilst i was disappointed with my own performance, i cant fault the race organisers for what was a great event. The expo was much better planned and laid out than the previous big city marathons ive competed in with total ease of registration etc. Ive heard complaints regarding the starting pens from others, but i had no probs from Pen 1 with target pace being where it should be within the first mile or so. The provision of water, toilets etc was perfectly fine, and the post race staff were very cheery and encouraging handing out medals, whilst baggage collection was faster than i could have expected. Only possible improvement post race could have been free massages, like in berlin/paris. Overall tho, the crowds made the event for me....incredible noise towards the end, and a steady supply of jelly babies helped me to the other side of the wall. Would definately do it again. Date of review: April 27, 2010