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Virgin London Marathon 2012

Country: United Kingdom
Date: 22 Apr 2012
Distance: Marathon
Participants (Attending): 384 Runners
Participants (Maybe): 0 Runners
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  1. Roger Brooks
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    03:19:54
    Great run with over 3 minute negative split thrown in. Amazing weather and crowd support. My new comeback PB!

    23rd April 2012 10:13:08
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  2. Simon Rendall
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    02:45:43
    Great weather, great support, great race. Couldn't quite hang on for sub 2:45 but still made up with a 5ish min PB.

    23rd April 2012 10:17:15
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  3. Patricia Keene
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    03:26:21
    In short: Very hot and Crowded , Great support and very pleased with result my 2nd best marathon time and PB for London. 477 female not bad for 55!

    In full: I had a Green good for age start which proved to be very crowded. I felt I had to dodge around runners (against Martin's and Tom's advice) to try to get into my pace. I was looking good for 3.25 finish at the Half way mark but my legs started to cramp at about 22 miles and I had to zip up my woman suit to push through to the end with the help of the crowds. Missing out on the elusive negative split. Any advice on how to stop the cramps?? Very sore but happy today

    23rd April 2012 10:45:16
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  4. Sarah Alexander
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    04:12:42
    In short: A lot harder than I thought it would be.

    In full: Started off way to fast and found I had run out of energy! A hard slog but got under 4.15 which I had wanted, just need to stick to my pacing guide if their is a next time and then I may enjoy it more! Great crowds and atmosphere though :-)

    23rd April 2012 10:48:09
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  5. Darren Whitney
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    04:18:53
    Wanted sub 4hrs ,on track at half way but wheels came off at mile 15. A PB by 21 min. Worth every bit of the training. Great support.

    23rd April 2012 11:18:02
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  6. Robert Edwards
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    02:59:19
    In short: Finally got my pacing right and nailed a sub-3 (just)! Great atmosphere and support from the crowds.

    In full: After adopting a walk/run strategy from mile 20 last year I decided to take things more gently this year. That approach paid off, and it felt like the first time I've really paced the marathon properly. The end result was my first sub-3, a negative split (1:31 vs. 1:28), and my fastest mile of the race was number 25. So all in all I'm very pleased and am already looking forward to the next one!

    23rd April 2012 11:25:22
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  7. Rob Harper
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    03:07:18
    Wasn't going for a time so just enjoyed the day, great weather and amazing crowds.

    23rd April 2012 11:33:59
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  8. Stuart Johnston
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    02:48:43
    Great day out - atmosphere and support terrific and happy managed to maintain pace for a 10min PB!

    23rd April 2012 11:43:03
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  9. Gavin Harrison
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    03:16:28
    In short: OK, until mile 18...

    In full: Missed out on a month of training with injury so I was pleased to get round. Lack of stamina showed in a big way around mile 18 when the wheels fell off in a monumentous way. Great support along the way. Hopefully i'll get a chance to have a better go at it next year!

    23rd April 2012 11:47:31
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  10. Christopher Limmer
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    03:00:48
    In short: Epic :) despite the slow start.

    In full: Just wow. Having not enjoyed the day at silverstone because of focusing on time I chose to ease off a bit at the start and take the sheer awesomenesss of the crowds n the setting in which may have compromised my chances of going sub 3 hours but i don't care at all.

    Coming into the cutty sark will stay with me forever :) n over taking james cracknell while I was wearing a blonde wig n grass skirt was also a big highlight. Even though he did beat me Hehe

    23rd April 2012 12:06:01
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  11. Mark Carwardine
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    02:44:42
    Will I ever run a better race? Apart from the wind in the run for home, conditions were perfect. Sub 2:45 smashed it.

    23rd April 2012 12:09:10
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  12. Dave Williams
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    03:23:56
    In short: Horribly hard run but well done London for another awesome event

    In full: A little disappointed that I was 9 minutes outside my target but it felt like I was running with the hand-brake on all day. Got to 25km on schedule but knew I was working harder than I should have been and paid for it over the last few miles. Would have preferred a cooler day, but how can you really complain about good weather?
    Got to chat with Martin and Tom at the expo, making a great event even better.

    23rd April 2012 12:24:03
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  13. Nicola Davies
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    03:54:36
    In short: First marathon and it was HARD! Loved the crowds, an AMAZING day but a little disappointed to have missed out on my target of 3hr 45mins

    In full: I had trained really hard and carefully and was on target for 3hr 45 min time and secretly hoped that the adrenaline on the day would get me to an even better time but struggled to get through the crowds of runners, felt terrible running in the sun and think I may have cocked up the taper as it felt like my first long run all over again with my lower back aching like crazy. However, negatives out of the way - I LOVED the supporters - what an amazing crowd and really showed the true spirit of the British. Tower Bridge was an amazing sight and overall experience and I managed a fast hard finish for the last mile or so. Lessons learned and despite being adamant after the race that I'd never run marathon distance again I'm already planning an early wake up on 30th to try and get my place on next years to better my time and perhaps an autumn marathon to get a bit of practice in!

    23rd April 2012 12:29:48
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  14. Jon Hobbs
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    02:55:10
    In short: Ouch! As the great poet Sven Goran Eriksson would say "first half good, second half not so good". 1.21.44 first half,1.33.26 2nd half..BANG!

    In full: Fantastic race and crowd as ever - the best race in the world

    23rd April 2012 12:30:11
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  15. Huw Dolphin
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    03:17:13
    In short: Dreadful

    In full: Still dreadful. A hateful day. Enjoyed chatting to Martin at the start, (happened to be lining up behind him), amd finish, with his amazing mate who'd lopped an hour off his PB! The bit in between was awful, almost, but not quite, punctuated by the appearance of the gingerbread man who made his presence felt throughout.

    23rd April 2012 12:53:09
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  16. Alan Lattimore
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    04:25:42
    Excellent support all the way round but struggled this year. NEVER AGAIN until next year !

    23rd April 2012 12:57:50
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  17. Kirsty Reade
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    03:27:23
    Perfect weather, incredible crowds, running club (Didcot Runners) provided amazing support. A new pb by 8 minutes, aged 39 and 3/4!

    23rd April 2012 13:02:26
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  18. Marjory Bluer
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    05:50:42
    In short: An amazing experience. Slower than hoped for, but not as slow as feared.

    In full: My first, last & only marathon. Just proud to have made it round, enjoyed it, and still be (just about) walking today.

    23rd April 2012 13:03:01
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  19. Barry Fraser
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    03:14:26
    Set off aiming for 3:10 felt good, started to hurt at mile 16 and then had to dig very deep to ensure I broke 3:15 to renew my GFA place.:-)

    23rd April 2012 13:11:11
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  20. James Perry
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    03:58:32
    In short: Finished business!

    In full: 31min pb! Trained for sub4 and made it with a min to spare (though if I'd realised that I would have unzipped the yuki suit a bit in the final 800m). Excellent training advice from Martin Tom and Tony. Thank you. Wonderful atmosphere from the crowd and runners. Loved it. Comrades next!

    23rd April 2012 13:13:34
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  21. Jeff Saul
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    03:29:02
    In short: First marathon, what an experience! Beat my 3:30 target slightly, on a beautiful day with incredible crowd support.

    In full: Set off thinking about a 3:25 (goal creep!) but couldn't keep up the pace. The crowds kept me going in a big way. Their support was amazing.
    Also a big thank you to the pace teams who, though they re-established the head-start they had on me, drove me to ensure they stayed in sight to keep me on target.

    23rd April 2012 13:56:27
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  22. Dawn Ash
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    04:32:56
    My first marathon at the grand old age of 47, found the distance tough, appalling time but plenty of room for improvement, will be back!

    23rd April 2012 14:00:56
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  23. Kelechi Ugonna
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    02:43:47
    Great Day. Awesome support. OK Till Mile 24 then slowed badly. Small PB so happy enough but still looking for that elusive negative split!

    23rd April 2012 14:21:00
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  24. Denise Day
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    06:18:40
    In short: First ever marathon - long, difficult and slow!

    In full: compared to the rest of the posts on here, my time looks appalling, but as my first marathon i guess i should be happy i got round!
    Not helped by the fact that i had to Q for the loos 4 times (Mother Nature is a bitch, Girls you know what i mean?)
    and poorly knees from halfway. May have made it in under 6 hours other than that.
    Quite pleased with my time for the half though.
    one thing - It did serve to remind me how much i hate tarmac!
    the whole thing was a bit like childbirth - don't ask me if I would do it again until I have forgotten how much it hurt!

    23rd April 2012 14:21:38
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  25. Vikki Sivertsen
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    03:21:23
    In short: Incredible, absolutely loved every step.

    In full: 3rd time at London for me and my most successful. Not a Marathon PB but a course PB(including Loo stop!) Perfect weather and the support was second to none. It was amazing, there really is nothing like the London Marathon. Smiled all the way round, I just couldn't help it. Green start with the 'celebs' always fun..clocked Tony 'schoolboy' Auldenshaw, but my favourite fancy dress had to be the male lifeguard ;)One of the best days of my life.

    23rd April 2012 15:13:10
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