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Pros and Cons
I feel sort of guilty whether I might be to excited on running the London
marathon and due to this the presentation could be missing objectivity.
You should have in mind that I nearly feel home in Britain as I spent my
holidays over there for 20 years now.
help this I show the bare Pros and Cons on this page. Of course this
list isn't complete without your opinion. Discuss the race in the
or send extensions via mail.
the price: it is unbelievable expensive.
For British residents it's alright:
30 £, but as an overseas
runner you pay 80 £ (is this according to EU
British Charities pay 250 £.
Overseas travel agencies have to pay even more.
Your number is not transferable, no money back when you can't run
(at least a guaranteed place for the following year - after
paying once more!)
breakfast fun run on the day before
Pasta-Party (instant pasta is offered at the expo)
results for master
classes only mentioned at online certificate and results data base, no
food offered on the route (but 2 stations with Lucozade Gel) and just a goodie bag containing some
snacks at the finish
massage offered at the finish (twice on the route)
certificate (a modest one) only available
online for pdf-print
the official website
has improved significantly;
however, information for overseas runners are still very modest; no
mail-contact offered, hotline english speaking only
entry only via lottery, guaranteed places for overseas
runners only when
booking the whole weekend with an agency,
or for British residents via
the course is not
really flat, especially the red route; I measured 145 meters of
height difference. And it can still get quite dense on the Isle of
Dogs. The blue start is rather slow for runners from pen 4 onwards.
organized registration at the Expo (thursday to saturday) ,
no queues even during the rush hour at saturday afternoon
fits to the size of the event, high quality souvenirs by sponsor
adidas, although expensive
and well organised start area,
drinks on offer, baggage vehicles close to the start,
countless toilets at the start
big drink stations, water from Nestlé in 330ml-bottles
every 5 miles plenty
of energy drinks, Lucozade Sport, in 330ml-bottles
toilets on the route, Vaseline offered by members of
offering a range of food like cookies, fruit e.c.
route: Mile 6-7 in
Greenwich, close to Cutty Sark (Sailing boat), with masses of
spectators; mile 12,5 Tower Bridge the main highlight; Mile 19 underpass of Canary Wharf Tower,
on the Isle of Dogs the road
gets narrower and the atmosphere can be felt; after turning right at mile 25
and Big Ben, the finish with royal surroundings is just pure enjoyment
free of traffic, the other side of the road is mostly closed while
spectators can move freely on foot, and around the finish area one gets the
impression the whole part of the city is closed for traffic
organised, while in parts very crowded finish area, kitbag
re-handing without problems, many helpful people, who check whether
you are alright
main attraction of the London-Marathon are the runners themselves.
Countless imaginatively costumed participants (some of them really
fast running), all of them and the masses of spectators in a very
countless Pubs along the route, most of them with live bands or at least
music boxes out on the street ...