In short: Badly organised during the 'run up', but great on the day In full: My payment was taken twice, luckily my credit card company sorted it out for me. I didn't receive my race letter and it took 5 calls and several emails to get a pack sent to me at home, 3 days before the run - and then I got 2 packs! Rubbish, poor quality t-shirt, no goodie bag. But my first 10k and a good experience on the day. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere, prestigious but too expensive, no chip timing, too many dead turns en route, sporadic water stations. Not televised ! In full: Its no doubt that this event is a prestigious race in the heart of the city but the entry fee is far too expensive. The organisers attempt to justify this fee in the FAQ`s on their website was found to be complex and confusing and I was none the wiser. The event was not chip timed, they claim it would be too expensive etc. its done for far bigger events and not everyone is timed, unfair to slower runners. A staggered start would help congestion. I thought there were too many "dead turns" (four I counted) which was certainly a "slowing" factor to the race. The drink stations could have been more evenly placed, say every 2K. Why wasn`t this event televised? considering its status? and the fact that Haile Gebrselassie took part, surely he alone is worth TV coverage. The " goody" bag or should I say "goodless" bag was poor, no energy bars, fruit etc. in it as one would / should expect from a race like this only a T shirt and money off token(s) for radian B. In short the organisers need to take on board (from experience and runners comments)on what it takes to put on a well organised, slick and value for money race. However the plus points was the location and the atmosphere and for that alone despite all my comments I may do it again next year...or? Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: OK. Organisiation seemed bit lacking, esp with 20K running. In full: Scenery not as good as hoped for. Organisation seemed chaotic, managed to cross start in 4mins but only due to pure luck. Tannoy announcements incomprehensible. Good support at finish and nice medal. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Lovely Day , Great race , lovely weather - I thoroughly enjoyed it In full: I really enjoyed this race - and was delighted with my time of 51:54 (my timing) . I like the course it was quite flat in places but with enough lumpy bits to catch me unawares. As usual I started a little too quick and faded later - I thought the Marshalls very supportive . It was very hot out there yet had been quite cool earlier in the morning - the long stretch back to the railway station was long and hot . I was happy with this race indeed!! A freind of mine came 2rd woman!! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: If it was better organised I might do it again In full: Ken Livingstone shouldn't allow this race to go ahead next year unless the pre-event organisation improves. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: 1st Marathon and under 3 1/2 hrs,apart from delayed start no great probs and recommeded for beginners due to flatness In full: I thought that Blackpool was a great place for a marathon. Day before, chance to go on the pleasure beach and have a fun relaxing day to take away some of the pre race stress.
On to the race, the delayed start was frustrating as was the guy on the mike trying to joke that he was off back to his hotel. No one laughed nuff said. Very flat course and despite the warm weather, which I did expect when booking for the race, it was mid June so could have been even worse, at least it was a bit breezy being on coast.
This was my first marathon and I really enjoyed it, lots of good support apart from the Bispham bit but this is not London.
My time on the internet was wrong by 10 mins, in my favour though which seems to have been a problem for others to. We could do with the chips on the ankles.
Overall I don't care about the few problems as I managed to do a marthon which not many people manage, I was chuffed with the time of under 3 1/2 hours and I would recommend it to others. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A good race - desperately hard in the heat. Some stretches felt demoralising (e.g the road back from Lytham). I suppose you get that in any long race. However, there were good bits. I liked the run back into town from the North end along the top. Yes Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Very Hard Half and Very Easy to Get Lost In full: Worst few hills in the first 3 miles (and therefore the last 3 as it is out and back) although the race is full of them, pleasant scenery plus nice forest trails. Check whether it states route marking has now been fool-proofed (a number of people got lost this year), take a map or chance your arm as I ended up running 20 miles this year, mainly because of the course markings and partly because I am stupid. Other competitor’s very friendly and great day out. Don't do it if you are at risk of a heart attack. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A seriously tough race, but what a sense of satisfaction when the finish line was in sight! In full: This really must be 'the hardest half' - only to be tackled if you like lots of ascents and descents, and in particular, hundreds of steep steps! But the friendliness of the runners and marshalls and the food en roite and at the end make it all worthwhile. Highly recommended! Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: This is the standard all other races should be judged by In full: Superb - organisation, scenary, marshalls, markings, course, etc. ad infinitum! Races don't get any better! Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Pancake flat. In full: There is a good chance of a PB, but beware of the wind- it can get up. I predict the course will quicken up further in future years once some of the trees which have been planted around parts of the course grow a bit. A well organised race. Date of review: July 2, 2005