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|2old||Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers & AC||3:00:27||3:21:02||3:26:50||65.70|
|a.k.a Billy||Dunstable RRC||3:29:33||3:39:48||3:39:48||56.86|
|Adrian||Town & Country Harriers||3:33:40||4:03:06||3:40:00||4:03:06||54.01|
|Albert O Balsam||Mid Essex Casuals||4:06:00||4:47:00||4:47:00||43.52|
|Alf Tupper Tough of the Track||Cumbernauld AAC||2:59:32||3:01:46||3:01:46||69.38|
|alf_chac||Colchester Harriers AC, Trail Running Association||2:33:23||2:35:37||2:35:37||81.01|
|Always Injured||Ware Joggers||3:52:09||4:06:53||4:00:00||4:06:53||50.60|
|andy from embsay||Ilkley Harriers AC||3:07:19||3:48:13||3:48:13||57.50|
|Anna Finn||VEGAN RUNNERS UK||3:40:54||3:55:11||4:21:49||51.73|
|Badly Drawn Bloke||Unaffiliated||3:15:55||3:32:11||3:30:00||3:32:11||58.96|
|Becfleck||Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC||3:51:54||5:23:54||5:23:54||41.81|
|beders||Ilkley Harriers AC||3:54:39||3:57:44||3:55:00||3:57:44||58.17|
|Ben B||Newmarket Joggers||2:48:51||3:06:30||3:06:30||67.01|
|Bettsy||Norwich Road Runners||2:47:50||2:54:21||3:00:00||2:54:21||71.68|
|BigG||North Yorks Moors AC||2:44:31||2:49:09||2:45:00||2:49:09||73.89|
|BigJohnson||Hermitage Harriers RC||3:57:20||4:47:58||4:47:58||43.40|
|BigMac9||Scottish Veteran Harriers Club||3:48:42||4:21:41||4:22:04||61.02|
|Billy-Whizz-Haining||Colchester Harriers AC||3:10:26||3:17:00||3:17:00||70.83|
|Blackers800||Southampton AC, Southern Counties Veterans AC||2:54:35||2:54:35||3:15:00||3:12:13||66.08|
|BlueWombat||Cambridge & Coleridge AC, Cambridge University Hare & Hounds||3:28:13||3:36:13||3:35:00||4:38:37||47.12|
|bob hopeless||Twemlow Track Club||2:43:14||3:19:55||3:19:55||62.49|
|Born to run||Unaffiliated||3:14:16||3:17:29||3:17:29||63.35|
|BryanB||Bellahouston Road Runners||2:52:40||3:14:39||3:14:39||65.79|
|Burdock||Cambridge & Coleridge AC, Haverhill RC||3:17:41||4:02:10||4:02:10||56.60|
|C-Cat||Northbrook AC, Warwick Uni Triathlon & Road Cycling Club||3:45:32||3:52:34||3:52:34||60.59|
|Chaz||Wootton Road Runners||2:54:17||3:58:41||3:58:41||52.36|
|Cheeky Chappy||Woking AC||3:01:47||3:47:10||3:59:59||3:47:10||55.52|
|Chrisbeachrunner||North Norfolk Beach Runners||3:33:21|
|clairster||Stockport Harriers & AC||3:53:47||3:55:23||3:55:23||59.04|
|clare1976||Spa Striders RC||3:16:51||3:54:53||3:59:59||3:54:53||57.66|
|coach26.2||Reading Roadrunners, New York Road Runners Club||3:43:26||4:16:36||4:16:36||49.89|
|Colinzealuk||Barnet & District AC, Watford Harriers AC||3:09:09||3:26:48||3:15:00||3:26:48||60.71|
|Cormorant||Cranleigh Tortoise & Hare Runners||3:24:41||3:24:41||3:45:00||3:24:41||67.56|
|cramp23M||Wrekin Road Runners||3:37:09||3:52:32||3:00:00||3:52:32||53.72|
|daniel the spaniel||Unaffiliated||3:52:46||4:30:09||4:30:00||4:30:09||46.25|
|dave the flower||New Forest Runners||3:46:05||4:28:48||4:30:00||4:28:48||47.23|
|Dave01||Rochford Running Club||3:20:47||3:33:46||3:33:46||68.31|
|Dawnp||Billericay Striders RC||4:32:07||4:46:48||4:46:48||48.15|
|Dickie York||Pocklington Runners||2:41:35||3:11:59||3:20:28||62.41|
|Dips||Brighton & Hove Women's Running Club, UKnetrunner||4:14:22||4:28:13||4:28:13||58.16|
|Dobbo||Launceston Road Runners||3:48:25||3:48:25||3:48:25||60.01|
|Dudie||Trail Running Association, LDWA||4:40:10||5:39:28||5:39:28||40.46|
|Ellioski||Louth AC, VEGAN RUNNERS UK||3:18:07||3:18:07||3:00:00||3:18:07||63.08|
|Eynsham the Red knows rain dear.||FERC||3:57:10||4:55:03||4:55:03||46.84|
|Fat Man Runs||Unaffiliated||4:42:42||4:42:42||4:00:00||4:42:42||44.21|
|Fifi Le Pew||Springwell RC||5:17:07||6:09:17||6:09:17||39.03|
|frisp||Manx Tri Club||3:05:54||3:05:54||3:15:00||3:14:20||65.36|
|frizzle||Yaxley Runners and Joggers||4:23:24||4:58:00||4:30:00||4:58:00||46.62|
|garyacarney||St. Helens Striders||3:01:34||3:41:32||3:41:32||62.41|
|Geoff H||BRJ Run and Tri||4:51:59||4:51:59||4:51:59||42.79|
|Georgias Dad||Dereham Runners AC||3:27:14||3:27:14||3:30:00||3:27:14||60.55|
|Ghengis||Redhill Distict Royal Mail AC, Striders of Croydon AC||3:49:56||4:17:01||4:17:01||49.42|
|gingerbreadman||Stockport Harriers & AC||2:55:15||3:21:53||3:21:53||61.97|
|Go-KL||Grantham Running club||2:40:47||2:57:25||2:59:59||2:57:25||70.45|
|Goldeagle||Dudley Kingswinford RC||3:52:44||4:17:03||4:17:03||57.34|
|gray||Cranleigh Tortoise & Hare Runners||4:18:10||4:40:04||4:20:00||4:40:04|
|Greenman||Grantham Running club||2:53:27||2:56:38||2:56:38||72.51|
|Grey Tornado||Lewes AC, West 4 Harriers||2:55:38||2:58:52||2:59:59||2:58:52||69.85|
|gusmc||Windle Valley Runners||3:07:00||3:52:00||3:52:00||56.57|
|Haggis||Forfar Road Runners||4:10:22||4:59:11||5:05:05||44.54|
|Hawaii1679||Dudley & Stourbridge Harriers||2:32:11||2:32:11||2:32:11|
|I ran sub-1:40!!!||Unaffiliated||3:39:00||3:54:14||3:54:14||53.34|
|Ian121||rockingham cycling club||4:55:19||4:55:19||4:40:00||4:55:19||42.36|
|Impossible is Nothing||Westbury Harriers||3:07:43||3:15:01||3:10:00||3:15:01||64.09|
|ironman||Birstall RC, Leicester Triathlon Club||3:21:57||4:07:20||4:07:20||50.99|
|Is@@c||Stockport Harriers & AC||3:24:40||3:31:24||3:30:00||3:31:24||61.08|
|J-Lard||Stubbington Green Runners||4:06:00||5:08:00||5:18:28||43.62|
|Jake Ha Ha||Edinburgh Athletic Club||2:35:43||2:39:30||2:42:02||77.13|
|Jas28||Ashford and District RRC||3:49:00||3:49:00||3:49:00||54.61|
|JH1||Farnham Triathlon Club, Woking AC||2:44:56||2:59:36||2:59:36||69.56|
|Jimbo||Camberley & District AC||3:36:08||3:36:08||3:30:00||3:36:08||57.83|
|jmc||Stockport Harriers & AC||2:42:21||2:56:27||2:56:27||70.83|
|Jocky||Swinton Running Club||3:14:13||3:14:13||3:14:13||66.49|
|Jogging Jon||Wrekin Road Runners||3:44:35||4:23:43||4:35:08||46.93|
|jonah||Stockport Harriers & AC||2:49:59||2:59:17||2:59:59||2:59:17||73.23|
|Ju1ia||Massey Ferguson RC||4:03:02||4:03:02||4:03:02||59.06|
|K9||Heaton Harriers & AC||3:15:49||3:15:49||3:15:49||71.96|
|Keep On Running||Club Runners World||2:55:28||3:11:17||3:00:00||3:11:17||65.34|
|Kent plodder||Sevenoaks AC||3:12:18||3:25:17||3:30:00||3:27:58||60.64|
|KinkyS||Todmorden Harriers & AC||3:01:51||3:27:50||3:29:59||3:27:50||66.84|
|la bandit||Grantham AC, Stamford Striders||3:13:59||3:21:20||3:21:20||67.46|
|LambChop||Hermitage Harriers RC||4:52:20||5:23:07||6:00:00||5:23:07||43.01|
|Laura B||Running Somewhere Else||4:41:01||4:54:41||4:54:41||47.82|
|Laurence||Pembrokeshire Harriers AAC||3:55:00||5:16:26||3:50:00||5:16:26||41.48|
|Lawriej||Fell Runners Association|
|LC||Darwen Dashers RC||3:00:27||3:04:12||3:04:12||78.50|
|LeGreg - 41% toeslag, 59% onderzoek||Unaffiliated||3:34:29||4:17:56||5:00:00||4:17:56||48.46|
|Lemon Slice||North Norfolk Beach Runners||3:29:55||4:15:00||4:15:00||49.04|
|Lissiedoll||North Herts Road Runners||3:04:23||3:04:23||3:04:23||73.48|
|Loca||West 4 Harriers||2:50:00||3:18:31||3:18:31||70.42|
|Longlegs||Swanley & District AC||3:44:21||4:29:20||5:00:00||4:38:38||44.86|
|Lorenzo||Dorking & Mole Valley AC||3:06:27||3:33:34||3:33:34||59.05|
|M. Diddy||Team Trisports, North Herts Road Runners||3:12:32||3:14:38||3:14:38||67.43|
|Marathon Mike||Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies||4:50:32||5:19:07||5:19:07||41.13|
|MartinCunningham||Southern Counties Veterans AC, Petts Wood Runners||3:09:49||3:50:58||4:00:00||3:50:58||56.85|
|Matt the Brum||Stourbridge RC||2:33:06||2:33:06||2:33:06||81.63|
|mel88||Dagenham 88 Runners||4:08:20||5:19:22||5:19:22||42.83|
|Merry Fizzmas :-)||Unaffiliated||4:08:42||4:49:29||5:00:00||4:49:29||47.70|
|Middleman||North East Marathon Club||3:37:15||3:46:23||4:00:00||3:46:23||55.19|
|Mightos5||Bellahouston Road Runners, Skye & Lochalsh Running Club||3:40:33||3:42:54||3:42:54||63.55|
|mile muncher||Thetford AC||3:52:18||4:52:00||4:45:00||4:52:00||50.43|
|MISERABLEMRGILES||Witney Road Runners||3:06:30||3:28:09||3:53:51||53.42|
|mokina||Happy Runner Club||4:19:29||5:26:19||4:45:00||5:26:19||42.99|
|Morriaty||Eastern Veterans AC, Riverside Runners||3:14:58||4:00:23||4:00:23||58.55|
|mrs B@edenrunners||Eden Runners||3:03:40||3:03:40||3:03:40||75.18|
|MrsBear||Marlborough Running Club||4:39:16||4:39:16||4:39:16||50.47|
|mucker||Bearbrook Joggers RC||4:01:17||4:20:00||4:00:00||4:20:00||48.07|
|Mudlark/Titan Tri sport||Titan RoadSport||2:45:00||2:45:00||2:50:00||2:45:00||81.64|
|Nexus Icon||Stockport Harriers & AC||2:29:23||3:06:04||3:26:29||66.14|
|Nic.1||50 Marathon Club, Reading Joggers, Wargrave Runners||3:28:33||4:49:03||4:49:03||61.67|
|nick o||Steel City Striders RC||3:55:39||4:30:03||4:30:03||46.45|
|Nick99||New Forest Runners||3:32:31||3:32:31||3:32:00||3:32:31||58.87|
|nomorehills :)||Handy Cross Runners||5:59:58||5:59:58||5:59:58||34.74|
|Number 6||Ramsey Road Runners, Ramsey Cycling Club||3:44:13||3:45:20||3:45:20||59.78|
|Oven Gloves||Blyth RC||3:36:25||3:51:32||3:51:32||54.86|
|PaulOnTheRun||Epsom Oddballs RC||2:52:56||2:52:56||2:52:56||72.31|
|Pedrmorris||Bearbrook Joggers RC||3:58:58||4:26:01||4:26:01||46.96|
|Pintsize||Bedford Harriers AC||4:20:04||4:35:43||4:35:43||54.49|
|plodding hippo||100 Marathon Club||4:16:46||5:09:22||5:44:38||42.32|
|race junkie||Fife AC||3:01:18||3:01:18||3:01:18||69.21|
|Rapid Greggers||Hermitage Harriers RC||2:38:52||2:42:23||2:42:23||76.94|
|Richard||Winchester & District AC||3:00:28||3:00:28||3:00:00||3:00:28||69.25|
|RobDJ||Pembrokeshire Harriers AAC, RAF AC||2:54:28||2:57:11||2:57:11||70.51|
|Rocket Reader||Fittleworth Flyers, Riverside Runners||3:46:28||4:19:26||4:39:26||46.19|
|rockin rory||White Horse Harriers||3:40:00||4:15:00||4:15:00||53.29|
|Ronnie Wibbley||Watford Joggers||3:41:39||3:41:39||3:41:39||60.26|
|run fat boy run72||Unaffiliated||3:36:12||4:25:29||4:25:29||47.05|
|Runner Martin||Redway Runners||3:58:36||4:08:46||3:59:00||4:08:46||54.62|
|Runnig Dude||Leicester Coritanian AC||2:32:45||2:33:59||2:35:00||2:33:59||83.86|
|Running Caz||Cobra RC||3:39:46||4:25:00||4:25:00||52.51|
|Runningmat||Macclesfield Harriers & AC||2:43:28||2:46:30||2:50:00||2:46:30||75.06|
|Sar Bear||Birchfield Harriers||3:44:00||3:44:00||3:44:00||60.46|
|Schmunkee||Swindon Harriers, Pirate Ship Of Fools|
|Sequin||Winchester & District AC||3:12:22||3:12:22||3:12:22||72.72|
|Shell Trooper Atkins||York Knavesmire Harriers, Stirling Triathlon Club||4:50:09||4:59:30||6:00:00||4:59:30||47.06|
|SilverSlogger||Falkirk Victoria Harriers, Polmont Joggers||3:13:41||3:31:57||3:38:49||60.48|
|simmicee||Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC||3:34:26||3:37:34||3:45:00||3:37:34||64.77|
|SimonF||Horsforth Fellandale Club||3:12:02||3:26:22||3:30:00||3:26:22||62.06|
|smifffie||Knowle and Dorridge Running Club||3:26:40||3:28:05||3:30:00||3:28:05||67.72|
|Smileygirlie||Birmingham Running, Athletics, & Triathlon Club (BRAT)||3:43:11||4:31:00||4:40:00||4:33:00||51.21|
|Smiling Pete||Ilford AC, Orion Harriers||3:25:17||3:25:17||3:27:16||69.78|
|solo88||Action Heart RC||4:43:47||4:50:00||4:50:00||53.88|
|Stellameister||100 Marathon Club||3:40:08||3:51:02||3:59:34||54.33|
|STOOSH||Falkirk Victoria Harriers||2:56:48||3:23:55||3:37:01||57.57|
|Striderdan||St. Helens Striders||3:28:01||3:28:01||3:28:01||61.53|
|superchip||White Horse Harriers AC||2:56:40||3:47:15||4:00:00||3:47:15||55.25|
|Superwoman||Spa Striders RC||3:16:55||3:42:06||3:42:06||62.55|
|Tango (Adam)||Notfast Running Club, Votwo/USN||2:37:00||2:51:56||3:00:00||2:51:56||74.52|
|Tarmac Runner||Cobra RC||3:44:59||4:12:01||4:12:01||49.77|
|TEL2||Handy Cross Runners||3:14:00||3:43:09||3:43:09||72.20|
|The Mighty OFK||Quakers RC||3:40:29||3:54:27||4:00:00||3:54:27||56.94|
|The Outlaw||Ranelagh Harriers||2:55:56||2:56:38||2:55:00||2:56:38||78.29|
|The Plod||San Domenico RC||3:05:13||3:26:41||3:26:41||62.96|
|The_Saint||San Domenico RC||3:38:42||4:01:00||4:01:00||53.58|
|theego||Dereham Runners AC||3:55:07||3:57:46||3:59:59||3:57:46||52.78|
|Ticketyboo||Cumbernauld AAC, Scottish Veteran Harriers Club||2:38:11||3:31:00||3:31:00||59.23|
|Tiggers mate Roo||Sparkhill Harriers||3:08:05||3:30:19||3:30:19||80.06|
|Trackster||Northern Veterans AC, Preston Harriers||2:36:34||2:36:34||2:36:34||79.78|
|TracyC||Dagenham 88 Runners||4:21:07||4:33:30||4:33:30||49.52|
|travelling man||Aberdare Valley AAC||3:02:45||3:02:45||3:02:45||72.42|
|TZ||100 Marathon Club, Winchester & District AC||2:39:36||3:49:19||3:59:59||3:59:37||52.16|
|Um Bongo||Sandhurst Joggers, Windle Valley Runners||3:54:49||4:08:26||3:50:00||4:29:58||49.47|
|Vi Ninety Day Challenge||Burton AC||5:54:34||6:27:10||5:00:00||6:27:10||32.28|
|Vickyy||Long Eaton Running Club||3:55:05||4:28:50||4:30:00||4:28:50||52.00|
|viperman||Durham City Harriers & AC||3:22:53||3:22:53||3:22:53||67.53|
|Wazelle||Dulwich Park Runners||6:18:22||6:28:14||6:28:14||39.65|
|Welsh Alex||Port Talbot||3:11:55||3:44:45||3:45:00||3:44:45||56.11|
|wobble legs||West Bromwich Harriers||2:48:31||2:52:42||2:52:42||73.03|
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First ever marathon. What an amazing experience. Will defo be doing one again!
Well what a fantastic weekend the whole race went so well am thinking i should of pushed a bit harder though. but i am so chuffed and raised about 14000 for macmillan cancer relief
Also took on way to much drink had to stop 4 times for a wee :o)
Chip time. First things first, a PB (even if just by a few seconds), so no complaints about that. On the other hand, blew up spectacularly in the second half for some reason and ran out of energy completely after running a strong first half - 1:30:38 - and on target for what I really wanted which was around 3:05. Gutted!
Did it!! steady 9min/miles - last mile was hard work - just glad when the finished appeared.
Gotta get under 4 hrs! Gotta get under 4 hrs!Gotta get under 4 hrs!Gotta get under 4 hrs!Gotta get under 4 hrs!Gotta get under 4 hrs!Gotta get under 4 hrs!
And with the help of my new friends at East Cheshire & Tameside Harriers, I'm damned sure going to try!!!!
Great day once again... crowds were amazing... weather was pretty perfect for me and despite wanting to throw up for the last seven miles I managed to get a new PB. Okay so I'm not going to be starting at the elite start next year... but maybe that's what Autumn marathons are for!!
LeGreg - 41% toeslag, 59% onderzoek
7 months ago I did my first ever run. 0.5 mile in 5min40, and I was knackered at the end. So saying I am ecstatic is a gross understatement. I felt strong and was on course for sub-4 until mile 19, but it then got gradually harder until mile 23 when I got a second wind but too little too late. Well happy though, and looking forward to the ballot opening again in August...
I decided that 2006 was the best chance for me to have a go at a marathon. I didn't get in through the ballot so have taken up a charity place with CLIC Sargent. For me it will definitely be an event rather than a race - if I can get round in under 5 hours I'll be happy; if it takes 6 hours I'll be happy too.
This was my FA cup final, Wimbledon, Ashes, Grand National Winner, Grand Slam and Olympic gold medal all rolled into one but...I'm never doing it again!!!! Going great until mile 18 then legs cramped up, awful blisters and last 8 miles were total AGONY. Glad I've done it though. A day I'll never forget with fantastic crowds who really helped every step of the way.
way outside my hoped for time, mainly due to illness which interrupted my training and a sore tummy on the day. But a great race. Could barely wipe the grin off my face for the first 10 miles, and definitely broke my pb for the amount of kids high-fived. The crowd were completely amazing and the organisiation fantastic. Was it just me or did anyone feel like they'd got stuck in the docklands forever and were never going to be let out again?!
Good run, started off nice and easy, and felt good for most of the way round. Last mile was tough as legs were starting to seize up. Managed to do negative split. 1min30s quicker over second half.
Wow, what an amazing day!! Time passed so quickly, partly due to the crowd support. I was a bit disappointed with my time but it took 20 mins for the first 2 miles, so i suppose that's life! This is the first year i haven't lost a toe nail, on ly got a massive blister cos of all the rain. All in all a truly exciting day!
It was magical. I've had a few days to reflect and it just keeps getting better. The plan turned to custard by mile 2 and the over crowding meant that I didn't do the time I think I was capable of, but looking back it does not matter a jot. I did sub 4 hrs in my first marathon and raised over Â£2,500 for DEBRA. A year ago I thought a 10k was my limit and 16 months ago getting of the sofa was a challenge. Now I've done it I really have run the London Marathon and I've fallen in love with it. The crowd were amazing and made me feel like a gold medal winner. It is an amazing event. It's like letting a pub team play in the FA cup final and enjoy that level of support, with the people really meaning it. I can't really describe what I'm feeling but one thing is for sure. I'll be back.
Was really hoping for a sub 4 but it wasn't to be this time. Well there is always another day and another race. However it was a PB managed to knock 34mins off my previous time.
omg that was hard had to walk run last 8m walked 2 mins then ran to next mile post
Comfortably achieved my sub 3.45 goal by 13 seconds
Felt flat compared to my first FLM in 2005. Personally I prefer the sun. Wearing glasses in the rain so could barely see my splits / watch etc. But the support, cameraderie and organisation are breathtaking. Can't wait for 2012.
Congestion in first 2.5 miles made for perfect gentle warm up. Next 10 felt great. Things started to go down hill from there. By 22 miles was just hanging on, trying to work harder and getting slower-PB by 14 minutes though and a fabulous day.
Fat Man Runs
What a perfect race - for once a bloke can have nothing to complain about.
Funniest moment seeing Jade Goody at 4 miles asking her cameraman how much further she had to go?
AMAZING!!!! WHAT A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE.....
I may have missed my target time of 3:30, but I really don't care. Despite it hurting so much, I really did enjoy every minute. The atmosphere was far better than I ever imagined and passing Gordon Ramsey at 21 miles made it all just that little bit sweeter.
This was my first ever marathon, and despite a few fueling errors along the way it could not really have gone much better. The rain caused me some problems with blisters from about 11 miles, which I am suffering with today, but who cares because I DID IT!!!!
Roll on Cardiff in October. I have caught the marathon bug.
Another year -another FLM and a new fastest time for me at this distance. Fantastic day - the support never fails to completly amaze me despite the weather and i still get a shiver when i run across tower bridge - love it!!!
Great weather, perhaps a little too wet but a perfect temperature. Got through from pen 5 on the Red start in under 6 mins and we were already running quite freely. Started off slowly which felt like the right thing to do, first few miles were all over 9 mins. Crowds were great right from the beginning, amazing that so many people could be bothered on such a damp and grey morning, passed a church in Charlton somewhere playing Chariots of Fire on the church bells which gave me goose bumps.
Running into Greenwich the noise of the crowds really picked up but Tappers and I became a little concerned that we weren’t also picking up the pace. Did a few miles at around our target pace of 8.35 from about mile 7 to 10 but the tightness of the field (and my own desperate need for a “mini-paula”) not to mention the daunting task ahead, held us back. Went across Tower Bridge still feeling reasonably strong and relaxed even tried to smile at the huge crowd and slap a few kiddies hands on the way over. By the time we went through half we were already more than 4 mins outside our target but I still hoped that we would have the space and energy to recoup at least some of the lost time.
Found it very tough going around the Isle of Dogs up to Canary Wharf and I had thought this would be one of my better sections as I had spent so much of my training time on the same streets but at 17 things really started to hurt. My wife and kids had been instructed exactly where to stand on South Quay Road but unfortunately decided to move to the other side of the road to get a better view before I got there. I was intently scanning faces in the crowd on the right while they were on the left and needless to say we missed each other. This was a surprisingly big mental blow and seemed to really knock my pace too. Thankfully less than a mile later on the Wharf my team from work who were pulling an all-weekend shift had come down to cheer and I actually saw them and they shouted masses of encouragement, suddenly I had a little spring in my step again. By this time Tappers had dropped back on the expectation that I would stop to greet the family; when I didn’t I was on my own – though the concept is meaningless in this race.
So much for the “showbiz 6,” the last miles were agony. I could feel the strength draining out of me with almost every step but again the crowds were massive and very vocal, there was no way I was going to stop unless the cramp got me and I could feel it was close. Dragged myself into Birdcage Walk after doing the last few miles pretty close to target pace but not close enough to make a difference. Had absolutely nothing left in my legs to make a final dash over the last 800m and was really just happy to realise only then that I would definitely finish.
Final time 3:50:24 – target had been 3:45:00 but was very happy to break 4 hours on my first attempt. Also happy to have managed a negative split, only by 56 secs but at least it means our strategy was right; and you look for private victories once the thing is finished and the real pain kicks in.
Took ages to meet up with the family – not made any more pleasant by having to stand in the rain on Horse Guards Parade in wet shoes and socks. Everyone was happy to see me but Sophs soon suggested that perhaps the medal should come off, it having lost its cool factor in a matter of minutes in her eyes. I successfully negotiated a few more hours, shall we say. All went up to Tiger Tiger, met up with Tappers and the famous KatieB and her family, and I had something to eat courtesy of Anthony Nolan, which was a bit cheeky seeing as though I ran for CCETSA.
Decisions about more marathons or FLM 2007 are a long way off, thankfully.
A wonderful experience - so well organised and everything set up to make the day work for you. Was back in pen 6 at red start and therefore off to a slow start - not bad really given what I read happened to James Cracknel. Very steady race with a negative split (2mins quicker in 2nd half) and pleased to finish comfortably under 4 hours. I want to do this again and improve my time but for now I want to enjopy the summer months of a few shorter races until GSR in October. Oh and of course well done everyone who took part, supported and gave advice - Thank You.
I'm going to have to do it again - until I get under 4 hours
Not too bad, considering the lack of training
Wow-only my 2nd London and everything went according to plan, even down to the weather! Brilliant support from the crowd gave me a real adrenalin buzz-I forgot it was a Marathon until about 8 miles I was enjoying it so much. Brilliant result (PB), brilliant race, and a GFA place for the next 2 years. Fantastic.
Everytime I do this I spend half the race hating it... and the rest loving it and I know I'll be back!
Would love to see 03:30 on the clock at the finish. And as my Mum used to say you don't get something for nothing. Better focus on my training!
Great day, I beat my PB by 59:56
all passed by in a bit of a blur, but lots of fun and definitely want to do it again!
Upset stomach meant an uphappy race - always next year I suppose.
Just heard today that I have got a charity place. My first marathon. Laid up at the moment with very sore quads after an excellent weeks training. Typical.
had a tough time in the last 6. I had a hour to do 6 miles but just couldn't get my legs to work 10:20 mins in the end. Not upset though, very pleased with myself and had some great support. Didn't wear my FE shirt as I didn't need a second layer
due to nasty blister missed my target by 2 mins gutted
was well on for 3.45 but pulled up in last five miles
BEFORE: I'm in Red start and hope to get into the runnersworld pace group - looks a very long way...bliddy hell...it IS a very long way.
AFTER: I felt really down immediately after the race - don't know why. What an achievement! Today (24th) I've been wearing my t-shirt and medal and soaking up the praise and now think UP not down. Quads a bit tight but been to Nirvana Spa all day courtesy of Mrs b(p) and feel really good - can do stairs and everything.
Thought all the organisation was fab - especially the fushing tiolets with wooden seats at the start and cups of sweet tea.
Thown bottles a pain and seeing so many blokes p....g against walls etc wore very thin after a while. FLM spend a lot of money putting portaloos along the route - I stopped twice and waited a total of about 5 minutes including doing the deed - so what?!
May just do another one.
2621 in age group, 14282nd male, 18020 place overall
The splits tell it all: 10k 49:22, 20k 1:45:20, Half 1:52:09, 30k 2:59:18, 40k 4:22:17, Finish 4:38:37. Calf blew up around mile 14 and I hobbled, stumbled and trotted from there on home. Must rest that calf properly now for at least a month and see a physio a.s.a.p.
was a bit disappointed with my time because training had gone really well and I wanted to try and crack under 4 hours - first half went to plan although did have to fight through crowds, kept getting boxed in. Hit the wall at about 14 miles and somehow never recovered - just got slower and slower until the last mile and a half when I managed to dig deep and find something! Sprinted to the finish. The event was amazing - the crowds, the organisation, the medal - everything! Would definitely like to do it again!
42 seconds off a PB, yet exactly the same time TO THE SECOND from my 2003 effort. Still 25 mins faster than last year and my legs didn't really let me down so more than happy, my endurance seems to be ok, just need to work on my speed. Oh yeah and I was 11000th TOP DAY
Felt ecstatic at Cutty Sark, comfortable at Tower Bridge, wondered what I was doing here at Canary Wharf, and was looking for a cab by Parliament Square but I've got the medal and I'm planning next year.......
New PB, so have to be fairly happy, but missed the 2:45 I was aiming for. Going well at the half way point and up to about 22 miles, but then slowed and lost a lot of time.
Fantastic from beginning to finish. What an experience!4174th
Pleased with run. Ran a negative split (1:59:27 for the first half) and was a minute out at 20 miles (3:02 v a planned 3:01). Had to pull out the stops in the last 6.2 but I guess there's not many who don't.
My first marathon and what an atmosphere!
Started off well, but things went a bit messy later on. I had gone in to the race having missed the last weeks pf training, including 3 of my long runs due to injury. I was expecting to blow up after 15 miles. Some encouragement from my wife who was running along side me got me through. Sub 4 was the target, but still very pleased with 4:08 given my injury.
Great race, slowed down for the second half, got 4:08 improved PB by nearly a minute
Thrilled to take a massive 80 mins of last years time. All that hard work paid off in the end! Was tracking well for 4:40 up to about 15 miles but found it hard to maintain the pace. Sheer guts and the support of the AMAZING crowd made sure I came in sub5 so very happy on the whole. Today? well I think bungalows have suddenly become very appealing...
Yesss -PB - but more than that, felt good, and none of the usual 9 min miling at the 22 mile point.
Vi Ninety Day Challenge
One of the greatest days of my life,even a few tears as I crossed the line.After my injury this year felt on top of the world as I finished due partly to some good advice from Boycie,Wardy, and Captain Bob.Thanks for all the support during my training from the Hermitage Harriers.
Runner No: 40903
Position (Overall): 5216
Position (Gender): 4558
Position (Age group): 1682
Pb for me, good run, cramps stayed off until last 10 metres :o)
Drank 1 x 800mls of SIS Electrolyte before and 3 x during the race, plus three gels, tummy was getting quite tricky with all that but no disasters. Was just right amount of fluid *almost* needed a wee mid race but not quite. Time included a short stop to yarn to family. Cool n drizzly not a prob except that it washed the split targets off my arm almost immediately and vest wore right thru one nipple tape. NEXT TIME remember to double tape nips and learn how to use watch for splits properly.
PB! Dead chuffed.
Had the time of my life running this. A long held ambition finally fulfilled.
2nd FLM. 22 minutes up on last year. Also made GFA time. Started slow for first 2 miles as had couple of problems with stomach injury for few days before. Felt ok, so picked pace up and ran fairly even halves. Felt really strong in last 2 miles. A great atmosphere once again.
Knocked 15 minutes off my previous best.
Very busy for the first half which I think sapped my energy for the second half.
Matt the Brum
Another brill FLM.
Got carried away and went off way too fast. Paid for it later on but kept going and knocked 10mins off my pb.
89th overall, 79th Mal and 24th M20.
Impossible is Nothing
Nearly threw up at 25 miles, but apart from that good steady pace. Good experience.
Fantastic first time. Can't wait to do it all again.
Very very very good london marathon. Magical race with the crowd making you feel like you are running for gold! I will do it next year again! Manage to see my parents and a friend on the course so it was magical! And as usual the wifey was waiting at the finish line!
On top of that it is my PB so ...
Well what to say.... quite frankly amazing: esp. for a first timer like me. It might have been a dank drizzly day, but the crowds were immense! Chuffed to do 3:27 GFA first time out.
Ummmmm, I got round - eventually.
Struggled in the humidity. nearly stopped at 16 but carried on. From 20 miles onwards, it was hell!!!
My first evey marathon! An amazing day
Due to an IT band injury was planning to walk / run round but on the day decided against it.
The knee held out & was chuffed with my time.
30 minutes wasted in loo queues
so just enjoyed the very wet day!
i could have done better if not picked up injury at 15 miles
The aim in the 6 months of training was to break 3 hours - even if it was by just one second.
Training was a mixed bag - some great runs tempered with a frustrating series of hip and groin injuries, the worst of which left me unable to move my right leg whilst on a physio's bed 10 days before the big race. Happily I was patched up to a point where I was running in discomfort, but running ok.
I was probably not quite in top form - that was in late February - then 3 flyaway GP's left me tired and not doing the normal level of training. Still I was confident I had it in me to break 3 hours.
The race itself was an exercise in control and restraint. Using my Garmin and my HR monitor I consistently held back for the first 19 miles, not letting myself run faster than 6:32 pace and no higher HR than 170. Again the HR was a little higher than I expected, but I conclude that this must be due to the adrenaline of the day.
The pain in the right hip came on at about 9 miles and reached a swift peak at 11. I was fearful that it would be a disastrous ending to the race, but some prodding in my side around my ribs periodically appeared to alleviate the problem.
I was planning to push at 20 but decided to up it at 19 as I was feeling good. I actually ran my fastest 10km of the race in that final 6 miles and ended up with a negative split - something I thought I would never do. At 25 miles I knew that barring absolute disaster I would break 3 hours, and I let the occasion absorb me completely - making it the happiest running experience ever.
I ended the race with a little cramp in my calf but otherwise fresh and fine - happy and eager to get out of London and into a hot bath!
Most amazing think i've ever done
felt really ill, shouldn't have started.
walked from 11 mile marker.
Dissapointing time, but always too busy!
Yep, there is only me that can run exactly the same time time as 2005, even down to the last second.
Finished either 100th or 102nd lady this year.
Great conditions. Ran to 16 at perfect pace. Got stomach cramps after that and couldn't get back into!! can't wait to do it again next year to actually achieve my predicted time!!!
first full marathon; enjoyed it though
great race felt great untill last mile. pb
Wanted sub 2:50 & got it!!
Left hip didn't hold up. I was on pace and feeling good up to 16 miles. I sidestepped a bottle at 16 ish miles and my hip protested. By 18 miles I was in pain. By 20 miles I was stil on pace but couldn't feel my left foot. Hobbled the last 6 miles in despair.
What a day! unbelievable. Really really pleased with my time.
A pb! fantastic.
Great weekend in London. 31mins off my PB
Keep On Running
Can run faster! Defo looking at sub-3, and will get it in the coming year/s!
Mudlark/Titan Tri sport
Set my stall out to do 6;15 pace,felt good & strong to end!
Came 16th in v 45 cat.
horrible trots!! I had to stop 5 times....grrrrr
Very dissapointed as this was my first Marathon and I missed a sub three by just 28 secs. Conditions were wet but good.
London has a Marathon, apparently...<br><br>
Well - it does - I was there. got T-shirt and everything to show for it!!<br>
I was more nervous about this race than any other I've ever been in. Why was that I hear you asking yourselves..!!<br>
Well - in part it was to do with the fact that it's a flippin' long way - in part it was to do with the fact that I've only tried one before and had a nightmare at Mile 21 - in part it was to do with the fact that I'd trained OK, but not as well as I should have - and in part it was to do with the fact that I'd told so many people what I was hoping to acheive.<br><br>
We caught the Club bus at ridiculously-early o'clock and were taken to somewhere near the Start - and wandered around the runners area doing the last 27 wee's and changing thing - drinking coffee and last fuelling up with Lucozade Sport.. Met up with XFR Bear too - which was really great. It was SO well organised.<br>
"Damping" perfectly for running though, and the temperature was low enough to be pretty much perfect for running.<br><br>
The advantage of having been 'optimistic' about my expected finishing time (from last years defered entry) was that I was in Pen 2 - just a spit away from the Elite guys!!!!!! And when the race actually started, was running at race pace (well a bit faster than I'd planned actually).<br>
I was fairly confident of running a 3:30 - in my mind I'd thought that if I was going well I might manage 3:20 - so I had a 3:20 pacing band on my wrist- more to see if I was anywhere near it than using it as a guide!!!<br>
As you will know - I Had to get some new shoes a couple of weeks ago - YES YES - I know it was a bad idea, but one that I really didn't have much of a choice about. Well this was going to be the real test of the wisdom or otherwise of that decision!!!!!!
The first mile was quite nice - a few of the more speedy blokes whizzing past and me passing a few people that I suspect had got 'lost' when they went into the pens! But overall - not too much jostling and I was really pleasantly surprised by the fact that it settled down so quickly. The first two miles went by in a bit of a blur, and there was a nice decline in Mile 3 (oops - seen that split..?) where the Red and Blue/Green starts merged with the tradition BOOing. It was hilarious.<br>
At about Mile 4 I was joined by one of the ridiculously quick club runners. We had a little chat about the race and he started to pull away at Mile 5 - at this point I noticed that I was a full 2 minutes ahead of the 3:20 pace splits!<br>
"I'm going too fast" I thought<br><br>
"Must slow down"<br><br>
Followed by "Hmmmmm, something sloshing around in bladder - what could that be..??? Nah - it's psychosomatic..!!"<br><br>
Going round Cutty Sark was amazing - so many people.... I looked for the Club supporters who were there, but couldn't see them. And as each Mile Marker approached I just kept thinking - "this is too fast - slow down you fool"<br>
So what did I do instead<br><br>
just before Mile 10 - imaginary full bladder felt like it was trying to explode my kidneys and squirt wee out of my ears!!!!<br>
So impromptu toilet stop behind a bus stop in a conveneint bush had to suffice - oh my word - what a difference that made!!!!!!!<br>
Back to running at faster than my If-I'm-Running-Well-Then-I'll-Try-And-Go-That-Pace Pace but now with a stitch that lasted for two miles...<br> think I took on too much volume at the water station, and could only relieve it with hand pressure - and obviously didn't drink anything until it had gone away!<br>
Through Mile 11 and passed Nicko who was Lemming - Directing around an unfortunately placed Bollard - very effectively I must say!!! Then onto 12 and Tower Bridge.<br>
OMG - what an amazing place<br>
The noise was immense - a solid wall of it - continuously. <br>Absolutley phenomenal!!!!!<br>
I've never experienced anything quite like it.<br>
and so onto the Highway - and passed through the half Marathon point at 1:36:18<br><br>
That was just ridiculous!!!!<br><br>
I'd worked out that there was a good chance that I'd see the elite runners along this bit - and I did so just as I was coming up to Mile 14 - now THAT was some experience!!!!!<br>
They're pretty quick, aren't they.??!!<br><br>
At this point I'd noticed that 'Elvis' was running with me - was looking pretty slim too!!!<br>
but really whatI was thinking about by now was "In 2 miles I'll be at Mudchute"<br>
and that made me smile<br><br>
Arriving there I was greeted by the fantastically animated and encouraging army of Forumites<br>
Dr Coco; Sezz; Vrap, Tink, and Angelmouse; Mava; Spans; Pix (sorry I didn't bring your shoes) and a whole load of others.....<br>
A HUGE thank you to those guys - they provided the required Turbo-boost for the last bit!!!!!!!!<br>
And the psychological boost of then seeing the 17 Mile Marker - and realising there was less than 10 to go...
18 ,19 and 20 seemed fine through Docklands - although I was starting to feel a bit tired now
Mile 21 was a big moment for me - getting past it and back onto the Highway - because I'd not RUN continuously beyond this before!!!!<br>
It was about this time that I felt the first niggles of impending cramp in my calf... so had to really concetrate on relaxing it - and not pointing my toes too much!!!!!!<br>
My pace started to imperceptibly slow, and HR increased, and I was thinking - "You went off too fast - idiot"<br>
And yes now it started to get hard<br>
I reached Mile 24 and was in the mindset and muttering under my breath<br>
"It's only 2 Miles... It's only 2 Miles... It's only 2 Miles... It's only 2 Miles... It's only 2 Miles..."<br><br>
What kind of madness is this that we do....?????<br>
To be honest - there was nothing left - not even the strength to take water from the last water station - I was SO concentrated on not stopping and finishing that I could almost not even hear the crowds!!<br>
...until just before 25, when I was spotted by about 6 Work colleauges Who started screaming at me in such an amazingly encouraging way, that I kinda snapped out of the introspection, and realised that the Houses of Parliament were just ahead - I was nearly there.<br><br>
Have you any idea how fantastic it was to see the "800 Metres to go" board<br>
Then I did the Maths "0.48 miles - okay you can do this!!!"<br>
I always try and pick up the pace at the end of race - and once I could see the finish, I though I'd finish with a flourish<br>
Oh how I can Chuckle at that now!!!<br>
I did get faster -<br><br> by about a nanosecond per mile<br><br>
But the feeling of crossing the line - the time which I REALLY didn't expect, and the acheivement of getting through those last hellish miles.<br><br>
Can't wait to see my finish line picture!!!!!!<br><br>
Distance: 26.2 miles<br>
Pace: 7:30 min/mile<br>
wonderful day to run, not so great to watch
It should have been a bit quicker after a 1.44.30 first half. just ran out of steam in the last few miles.
said never again ! but am doing BH and FLM tee hee!
Died badly after 17 miles (no race plan)
Hit the wall at 18 miles and struggled to finish. Didn't particularly enjoy the experience, and won't be rushing to go back to the sh*thole they call the capital. Glad I did it though, just to say I've done it.
Alf Tupper Tough of the Track
Incredible experience - a complete buzz! Memories for a life-time, such as the noise of the crowds crossing Tower Bridge. Didn't hit the wall and felt great afterwards. Took me a week to come down from the high!
Hmm, found out the hard way that my training wasn't up to it
struggled with knee pain and hip pain aswell. just glad to finish without stopping. weather was great and never felt like I needed to stop. Could of done with getting to the start before the gun went off, so with no warm up - not a bad time. needed to be a few stone lighter
Second crack at the marathon distance was aiming for 3 hours 45 as all my training indicated I should be capable of this but on the day just didn't feel right but at least I managed to sneak under the 4 hours this time would have been devastated if i hadn't managed that.
What a wonderful race, loved every minute.
KM10: 0:52:20 KM20: 1:44:00
HALF: 1:49:34 KM30: 2:37:04
KM40: 3:33:22 FINISH: 3:44:32
Had a blast.
perfect pb everything went v.well
Merry Fizzmas :-)
Runner No.: 8358
Position (Overall): 23766 (33237)
Position (Gender): 5768 (10164)
Position (Age group): 1022 (1726)
KM10: 1:07:08 KM20: 2:13:43
HALF: 2:21:02 KM30: 3:22:13
KM40: 4:34:26 FINISH: 4:49:29
My best ever.
amazing to actually just be running a race i d watched on tv so many times. last few miles were tough, but the crowds keep you going
Position (Overall): 3337
Position (Gender): 3022
Position (Age group): 584
PACED MARK ALL THE WAY.
this was the highlight of my running years,my running partner achieved a pb here 3.40 in the same race and i ran a blinder too!!!doesnt get any better than that
Worse race I've run mentally....Not helped by seeing competitor receiving CPR on the side of the road.
Felt good up till around 19 miles then the wheels fell of and struggled to the end.
Albert O Balsam
KM10: 1:00:07 KM20: 2:00:42
HALF: 2:07:16 KM30: 3:04:19
KM40: 4:29:07 FINISH: 4:46:52
Great up to 20 miles again and the right knee went these time (can not win)
It was drizzling and made for a perfect race.
17miles ok, about 2 hrs 20min iish
19 miles died, walked/limped to the end
Really enjoyed the race - apart from the terrible cramp in my thigh muscles 3 miles form the finish.
The weather was increadibly hot. Crowd support was brilliant.
Going to plan up to half way in around 1:21 and maintained pace to about 21 miles then became really tight and struggled to the finish line along The Mall.
Struggled to walk after sitting down for 5 minutes at the end!
going well until 22 miles when knee started to really hurt, slowed down considerably, including 5 mins with St Johns Ambulance getting it strapped. Hobbled home taking 60 mins for 4 miles!
No training.....but i finished!!!
Thise were the days
Fifi Le Pew
Had a ball,enjoyed it all.The crowds were great
The Mighty OFK
a very winters training paid off with a pb (8mins) stayed relax passed ian hammond at 20 miles knew i could finnally crack the 4 hr mark
First Marathon and just made it below 3:30:00
my 1st and so far only Marathon.Wanted 4 hrs but happy to finish in one piece