It was my first time doing London this year (previously only run Chester Marathon) and I wanted to see if my experience was similar to others or I am just being very grumpy!
I started at the Green start in Pen 4, I had been hoping to follow the 3.30 pacers but they were in the 3 pen I think. Found organisation great at the start, baggage drop etc. So off we went - well to say I was squashed was an understatement, I must have run/tried to run under peoples armpits for about 8 miles, I found the constant weaving around people to try and get some space exhasting. I also found I was shoved a bit which wasn't a nice experience!
Crowd support was brilliant but I didn't find people running very supportive nor friendly. Total contrast to Chester.
I have also never been to a race where I have almost fell over about 10 times on plastic bottles. Why do people just drop them where they are running?
So apart from that it was fine. I did it in 3.35 which was ok but I am sure I would have had a better time if I didn't spend 8 miles weaving!
Finish was good and bag collection excellent. Unfortunately I lost my family and they couldn't find me and so had to make my own way home like a hobbling loon!
So I now qualify for another good for age place but I just don't know whether to do it again or not. Hopefully other peoples exepriences were better than mine! Sorry to moan!