London Marathon Course Info

London Marathon Course Info

Post by Mike » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Hi All.  Hoping that there is someone on the ng that has run London
before.  I am looking for some information about the course.  I saw the
map on the website, but not being familiar with London, I cannot tell if
it is flat, smooth, rough, etc.  Can anyone help out with some
information?

Thanx!
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London Marathon Course Info

Post by Mike » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Sorry... Also forgot to ask about typical weather that time of year.
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Post by George McConnel » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi All.  Hoping that there is someone on the ng that has run London
>before.  I am looking for some information about the course.  I saw the
>map on the website, but not being familiar with London, I cannot tell if
>it is flat, smooth, rough, etc.  Can anyone help out with some
>information?

>Thanx!

On the whole pretty flat with just a few hills in the first few miles
depending on which start you take - overall a bit downhill over the
first six miles then flat for the rest of the way - a few little bumps
but not much.

The weather is usually kind to the runners, although the last time I
ran it (96) it was exceedingly hot and they ran out of water by the
time we slower runners reached the latter part of the race.

Hope that helps - I expect you will get a few replies on this one.

        George
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Post by Mark Colli » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Ok, I bite, which London, England or Ontario, Canada?

I've did the London, Ontario one last year.

Pretty flat, boring first half (suburbs and retail deserts), interesting
last half on the trail system.  Lots of water and support.  The last 400
meters were inside the stadium at the university, the toughest 400 meters
I've ever run in my entire life.

Over all it's a do again race.

    Mark


Quote:
> Hi All.  Hoping that there is someone on the ng that has run London
> before.  I am looking for some information about the course.  I saw the
> map on the website, but not being familiar with London, I cannot tell if
> it is flat, smooth, rough, etc.  Can anyone help out with some
> information?

> Thanx!
> --
> Mike Arena
> http://www.flash.net/~mjarena

 
 
 

London Marathon Course Info

Post by grae.. » Tue, 11 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Hi,

As other replies have mentioned overall the course is pretty flat.
You would expect cool slightly overcast conditions - although 96 was
very warm.
Some of the more difficult bits are the loop into docklands round canary
warf as the crowds really thin out and you have turned away from the
finish.
At about mile 23 you will run round the tower of London across the
cobbles.

Water and isotonic drinks can be in short supply if you are one of the
slower runners.

Hope it goes well



Quote:
> Hi All.  Hoping that there is someone on the ng that has run London
> before.  I am looking for some information about the course.  I saw
the
> map on the website, but not being familiar with London, I cannot tell
if
> it is flat, smooth, rough, etc.  Can anyone help out with some
> information?

> Thanx!
> --
> Mike Arena
> http://www.flash.net/~mjarena

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Post by Mike » Tue, 11 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> Ok, I bite, which London, England or Ontario, Canada?

Sorry Mark... Guess I should have been more specific here!  Actually, I
meant London, England.  But thanks anyway!

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Post by Dr Paul J Henne » Wed, 12 Jan 2000 04:00:00

HI,

I've done 2 Londons (95, 97).

Just some comments I'd like to add to the others.

i) You have quite a twisting/winding loop through Jamaica Wharf at about  7
to 8 miles...find the centre of the road and stay on it if you can,
otherwise the changing camber as you cross over at corners etc can make
itself felt on your knees later in the race.

ii) Watch out for the spilt  Isostar..they hand out 500ml packs and people
generally only drink a couple of mouthfuls...so what happens to the rest....
you guessed..it gets dumped on the floor..I've seen several people slip and
one fall on this stuff..hell of a way to finish your marathon with a twisted
ankle at a feed station :-(

iii) The trek out to Docklands/Canary Wharf can be very depressing!!!! As
well as very WINDY. In London in April the weather can also be COLD (i.e.
snow/sleet/rain), it can be windy,especially by the river...any wind can
just blow you away in terms of time...its very sapping.

iv) You've been told about the cobbles. The jog along the Embankment can
either be a joy or a pain..its long, straight and UNDULATES..not much but at
23 miles in a marathon it can be like Mt Everest. Time to dig deep and tough
it out...the crowds here are usually great!!!

v) The final PULL up the the houses of Parliment where you turn right...as
above , dig deep!

vi) Nicest moment..turning the corner to the finish...NOTHING feels as good
:-)

Its a great event. Enjoy!!

pj

 
 
 

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Post by SkyGuyI » Thu, 13 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Thanks to everyone who responded for the input!

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