April 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm #4076NathalieRParticipant
Good luck all, both runners and supporters! I’ll be watching in front in the telly 😊. Looking forawrd to read all about it!!April 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm #4077Michelle LoaderParticipant
It is not a marathon I want to run because of the huge number of runners but I am going along to support many of my club runners.April 28, 2019 at 9:48 am #4078Dee27Participant
Watching the London Marathon now, love it and I just saw someone from out local park run!! Good luck everyone. 👍👍April 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm #4082Vicky PixiKeymaster
Wow – been tracking and watching all day.. the bugs done superb !!April 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm #4242Ian SKeymaster
This is a good read, or not so good I suppose. All about the 7:30 official London mara pacer.
If you’ve not got faceache maybe I will copy and paste.April 30, 2019 at 10:35 pm #4244Richard WoodfieldParticipant
Ian – that does sound very poor on part of the organizers. I guess the logistics and communications are just so complicated in a massive event that once things start to go a bit awry – eg later waves having a delayed start – they then find great difficulty in responding pragmatically and flexibly. I’ve still not run in an event bigger than may 3 or 4 thousand participants – and I’m not greatly inclined to do so after reading this!May 1, 2019 at 7:41 am #4247sharnie1Keymaster
I’m entirely unsurprised, but really quite disgusted to read this – not a good reflection of “the peoples marathon”. Whatever your views on the allowed cut off times for london it’s hard not to argue that a cut off is a cut off and within that time each and every participant should be treated equally and not harassed by the organisers or made to feel they are in the way of clearing the course. I think it’s particularly poor that the water stations were removed – that’s frankly just dangerous. The time for clearing the course should always factor in some slippage on getting people over the start line on events like this. Confirms my general dislike for events like this!!May 1, 2019 at 10:48 am #4251Vicky PixiKeymaster
Im horrified – my god how vulgar of the organisers!!! I appreciate there needs to be a cut off, but geez, them poor runners, to be treated and to made to feel less of a runner for being slow. This is LONDON MARATHON were talking about – i really hope after this experience all them people don’t get put off from running and continue on there marathon quest, there are some really friendly and more fulfilling marathons out there, where they will be treated far better than this!May 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm #4256Ruth CleevesParticipant
Frankly, I’m lost for words and too disgusted to comment. This is on top of them running out of water for the slower runners last year! I had already decided not to go in the ballot again this year…… now there is no way that I would dream of it!May 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm #4264GaelParticipant
This incident sums up the worst of running snobbery, I’m proud to have run it but it was a means to an end – raising money – and I would never want to do something similar againMay 2, 2019 at 10:51 am #4273meercat58Participant
The blue 7.30 pacer ,presumeably the same lady writing the article, went passed Sarah ( who I went to support) about 23 miles and shouted that if she fell behind her she wouldnt get a medal ! Fortunately Sarah didnt let that upset her momentum and she kept going still finishing behind the pacer in 7hrs 38 mins. Having read the article it sort of puts her comment into perspective but nevertheless it probably wasnt the best motivational comment especially at that point on the course!! Having been there this weekend I can appreciate the massive massive amount of organisation this event takes to execute and you are never going to please all the people. I saw many runners behind the 7.30 pacer from the Embankment all the way to 300m short of the finish line I cant recall any single one looking distressed or chucking in the towel because they were clearing up behind them, they probably didnt even know ! It must cost many thousands of pounds for road closures, clearing up and everything else, so time is critical in terms of cost. If this was the only thing the organisers got wrong hats off to them, for me they definitely got more right than they got wrong.May 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm #4275GaelParticipant
Really glad your friend got her medal, MCMay 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm #4277JillyMPParticipant
Saw this on Facebook, I was appalled. The organisers go by the cut off. It’s that simple. Possibly ok to clear up behind the last runners, but allow each and everyone adequate water and the London Marathon experience, though most spectators had probably gone home.
Have thought if I do spectate again, to do 2 or 3 hours at mile 13. Have an hour or two break in a cafe, then head of to the end to see the last runners in so that there are still people around for support.May 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm #4604JillyMPParticipantMay 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm #4605Barry GriffinParticipant
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