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  • #4076
    NathalieR
    Participant

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

    #4077
    Michelle Loader
    Participant

    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.

    #4078
    Dee27
    Participant

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

    #4082
    Vicky Pixi
    Keymaster

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

    #4242
    Ian S
    Keymaster

    This is a good read, or not so good I suppose. All about the 7:30 official London mara pacer.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=470569213680766&id=410050989732589

    If you’ve not got faceache maybe I will copy and paste.

    #4244
    Richard Woodfield
    Participant

    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!

    #4247
    sharnie1
    Keymaster

    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!!

    #4251
    Vicky Pixi
    Keymaster

    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!

    #4256
    Ruth Cleeves
    Participant

    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!

    #4264
    Gael
    Participant

    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

    #4273
    meercat58
    Participant

    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.

    #4275
    Gael
    Participant

    Really glad your friend got her medal, MC

    #4277
    JillyMP
    Participant

    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.

    #4604
    JillyMP
    Participant

    Lol…

    #4605
    Barry Griffin
    Participant

    😳😳😳

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