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     Barry Griffin updated 1 year, 1 month ago 14 Members · 30 Posts
  • NathalieR

    April 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Good luck all, both runners and supporters! I’ll be watching in front in the telly 😊. Looking forawrd to read all about it!!

  • Michelle Loader

    April 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    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.

  • Dee27

    April 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Watching the London Marathon now, love it and I just saw someone from out local park run!!  Good luck everyone. 👍👍

  • Vicky Pixi

    April 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Wow – been tracking and watching all day.. the bugs done superb !!

  • Ian S

    April 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    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.

  • Richard Woodfield

    April 30, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    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!

  • sharnie1

    May 1, 2019 at 7:41 am

    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!!

  • Vicky Pixi

    May 1, 2019 at 10:48 am

    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!

  • Ruth Cleeves

    May 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    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!

  • Gael

    May 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    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 again

  • meercat58

    May 2, 2019 at 10:51 am

    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.

  • Gael

    May 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Really glad your friend got her medal, MC

  • JillyMP

    May 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    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.

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