In short: inexcusable! In full: Race started off badly with delays, then got to first water station to find no water left. Runners were so desperate for fluid in parts of the race they were actually picking up discarded water bottles. Inexcusable to run out of water. Surprised they were not alot more casualties. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Tip top 'race' to start my trail and fell-running career (ha ha), will definitely be back next year to 'enjoy' it again! In full: For a first-timer like me, the Garburn was a brutal assault on my legs (and the rest) but left me feeling so smug it's positively embarassing! Better shoes next time... Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: too hot without water for long distances In full: Everthing has been said above . I had no water between 9-15 miles just when it seemed at the hottest . Running well up to that point but terrible after . It blew my entire race and ended up doing the first 20 in slowest ever 20 split time . Managed to finish but 30-40 outside realistic target time . They had water problems apparently 2 years ago and havent learnt . This was my first marathon and it was a bad exerience . I will never contemplate doing Blackpool again . Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: What a fantastic race but hard In full: What a fantastic race but very hard or was that because most of us had run the Red Kite race the day before. Excellent organisation, just a pity there were not more running. Thanks Dic Evans and all who helped you Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: It may be hard but what a place to run In full: Yes i know it was hot and yes this is a challenging race but what a beautiful place to run. Many thanks to the organisers. Ps where were you all on Sunday at the Devils Bridge race!! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: An Absolute Disgrace In full: The event was spoilt by 3 serious faults: (i) the delayed start, (ii) the lack of proper marshals and (iii) the appalling lack of water. The event itself is fast, flat and if properly organised could have been a good all round running experience. Sadly, it was marred by poor organisation which caused unnecessary disappointment and distress to so many runners. Due credit goes to the runners who persevered and helped each other. The agency workers (dressed as waiters) belatedly transported into town were not interested in the race or the runners and should not have been given the responsibility of acting as race marshals in any running event. The lack of a basic supply of water for known participants in a marathon on a scorching day was inhumane and simply inexcusable. Next time get some help and advice from the organisers of the London Marathon. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: tree-mendous! In full: Great venue, nice tracks through lovely woodland. Organisation was spot on, great atmosphere and a new addition to the garden...well done tetbury royals...one not to miss for 2006! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Loved it! In full: Although I was kind of looking forward to this race, I arrived feeling quite nervous because I hadn't done a 10k since January and hardly any speed work all year due to longer distance training. But there was something very calming about the atmosphere.
The course is beautiful, and although mostly gravel, it was kinder to the legs than road.
I finished in 48.24 which is just 1 second outside my PB, and that PB goes back to late 2003!
Every finisher got an Oak tree...no, really!! In fact mine is already planted in the garden.
The organisers (Tetbury Royals) should be very proud of themselves!
I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Camels only In full: The Blackpool 'full' was a big ask on such a hot day. As with previous runs here I didn't mind dodging the drunks or the piles of vomit or even the occasional taunt coming from herds of tattoed neanderthals that like to congregate on the streets. But having to wait 3/4 hr in the sun for the start and then having practically no water for the first 15 miles made this a very memorable day indeed. If it wasn't for a friend waiting at 20 miles with a litre of water I would have been one more for the casualty list. Well done to all who competed, let alone finished. Dave Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: What more can be said than what has already been said! In full: A positive for me about this half-marathon is that it was valuable experience. It was my 5th half and I was expecting to knock 3-5 mins off my PB after all it is such a flat course. I ran out hardish (with my own 500mls of fluid, thank god) and managed a good pace till 10 miles. I had been through needing to go to toilet for 7 miles and feeling like I had a waterfall down my back since before the start. I felt gutted for those that had no water over the first part of the course (I don't think I would have coped as well as many did) and I crossed my fingers when I had a drink later that I would not be taking it from someone who had been brave enough to tackle the marathon. My time was 10 mins slower than my PB but I was just glad that I finished the course. I do however love Blackpool as it takes me back to when I was a kid and my parents took me to see the illuminations. I think it would be a better idea though to run it when they are on as it would make it that much more interesting! :-) Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hot, hard work and enjoyable In full: My first ever competetive race - looks like things can only improve judging by of the other comments I have read. I have to say I enjoyed it....my first half marathon and i will deffo be entering more! Did anybody see any toilets en route? Who was the St John's woman in the massage tent with the attitude problem? Also, a big thanks to "Bob Hope" off Emmerdale who was one of the few who made the effort to cheer us on from the sidelines. Date of review: June 20, 2005