In short: a very hot day made it a difficult race for the runners and also the organisers In full: if it wasnt so hot this would have been a much better event. i dont think i will ever forget this race even though i my time was an hour more than i expected Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: tough but enjoyable In full: Ok, there were some hiccups, the start delay and lack of water were not the fault of the organisers. In my opinion, the organisers did really well to recover from these. The atmosphere is nothing when compared to races in the North East, but that can only be expected as the majoity of people around were not locals, but people on holiday who only saw the race as an inconvenience to them.
I think credit is due to everyone who organised this and who volunteered to help run the event. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Normally a great race - pity about the delay and lack of water. In full: This is one of my favourite races and it was a real pity that it was spoilt this year by the 45 minute delay to the start and the lack of water in what was an absolutely boiling hot day.
I think the organisers were a little unlucky and if the weather had been cooler the water problems and delay would not have bee such a big issue. But in this weather it was a real nightmare.
Overall though I still think that this is a great event and I will probably do this again next year - but will be praying for a much cooler day. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Glorious coast on one side, delights of Blackpool on the other. Not a hill in sight. Lovely. In full: There was a delay but it was unavoidable and so not the fault of the organisers. Lack of water was caused by idiot visitors to Blackpool and I feel for the organisers. The medal was excellent, the T shirt pretty good. This was a nice event with lots of scenic distractions. A lovely race. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Thanks In full: Sorry, me again. Could I just say thanks to the two runners who gave me water at about 8 miles in the half....I was dead on my feet. Thanks Guys. KC Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Someone Somewhere was trying hard to make this work In full: I don't get the 'too hot' complaints it's the end of June - you makes your choice!
The organisation had the potential for greatness, bottles on every stop, lots of marshals, good medal etc.. Where it went wrong was simply marshalls. People who care about the race make better marshals not a gang of waiters from Manchester. They had no interest in the race most just stood around. The last 8 miles of the race was much better, why, because people who cared were there not the waiters.
In short: Dreadful !!! In full: As someone who organises events for a living what I suggest everyone does is to email the organisers and tell them their specific complaints. I did, and received a very full and honest reply. It doesn't help my dehydration, but it proves they care. Cheers
In short: Unforgiveably incompetent organisation In full: Respect and admiration goes to all the runners who persevered against extreme heat, thirst and disorder. Quite apart from the late start, the want of proper marshalling, the inadequate mile markers and the unforgiveable lack of water it now appears that the race results are inaccurate. Surely, any decent organisation with a modicum of self-respect would make a gesture of contrition and apology in these circumstances to the individual participants. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: ok In full: Was ok, conditions very hot and just enough water/sponge stations. Not sure about mile markers - seemed at random intervals (Garmin forerunner measured). Though a little steep to ba asked to pay for T-shirt when race info said T-shirts to all finishers Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Really good race, very well organised as usual. 2 water stops and a sponge stop In full: Shame I struggled so much though, it was too hot, and slower than last year!! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Test of Character In full: My first race, and it was truly a test of character. It may have been the comradery of follow racers and the EXTREMELY generous people of Blackpool, who hit the course with water when the organizors ran out, that kept me alive.
Many of the negatives have already been mentioned, but for those of us who were at the back of the pack it should be noted that the road closings we were promised lasted until the faster runners went by. Other than sucking on carbon by mile 15, we also had to endure the shame of feeling like they were closing up shop before we were done. Not to mention dodging people on the race path as we were trying to finish a grueling event.
In short: Apart from all the stag and hen partys, the real people of Blackpool are great. In full: My first marathon, it was tough, but I kind of enjoyed it. I would'nt do it if it was easy. The last 6 miles was as much a psychological challenge to get through as a physical one. Shame about the water stations, and I did feel for the squaddie who carried that 40 pound pack. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: We should all demand a refund - as we did not receive what we had paid for ! In full: Delayed start - people had trians/buses to catch after the event ? Another year with no water at early water stations ! Organisers had said that they wanted to double the numbers next year ! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Superb race, Fantastic organisation. In full: It was a brilliant effort by the Tetbury Royals and the course was fantastic. Extremely beautiful, lovely weather, nice little twists and turns through the woodland, excellent marshalling, no hiccups, great support.
I'll be back next year, no doubt about that!!! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Even allowing for the heat wave, this was terrible! In full: Everyone is having a go here, so I hope the organisers take heed. Obviously, the weather is totally out of their control, but here is a list of the things they got wrong:- 1. Toilets - ridiculous at the start. Didn't see any portaloos on the course at all. 2. The 40 minute delay at the start was awful. 3. The programme map was totally misleading. I spent 20 miles wondering where the last 6 miles were coming from. 4. I was in the middle of the pack at the start and couldn't believe the first water station had run out. I will never forget the humiliation of grovelling around on the floor for a used water bottle! 5. The last 6 miles put the icing on the cake - were there mile markers for 21 and 23 miles? Where were the marshals?
Never again. The best thing was the medal! Date of review: June 21, 2005