In short: I would like to thank the St Johns staff and the friendly members of the public when I succumbed to heat and dehydration 100 metres from finish In full: Enough has been said about the conditions. My thanks go to some members of the public who helped me just before the end of the half marathon and the fantastic St Johns ambulance people who looked after me at the end of the race. As an experienced runner I am not used to being helped over the finish line but on this occasion I needed it. Once again many thanks. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Brutal but fun In full: I loved this, it puts most "hilly" races well back in their place! The long climb up to St. Martha's the first time round was especially brutal, but fun in a strange way. Very encouraging marshals, my only complaint was the lack of water at the finish. I will be back in the winter. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Great flat course, PB potential, well organised. In full: Really excellent organisation and very good marshalling. Fabulous course, I will definately run it again next year. Thank you to the spectators with hoses to cool us down on what was a very hot day! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Disappointed with the event overall but feeling good with myself having battled through to the finish. In full: As an exiled seasider living abroad, I was really looking forward to returning to my home town for a marathon. However, I ended up feeling very disappointed. Everything about the organisation felt second class and I can't add much to what has already been said. However, some of the comments about Blackpool itself are way off the mark and are totally irrelevant to the marathon and its organisation. Whilst the route was fairly boring, you can hardly say St Annes is a dump! However, having grizzed it through to the finish with all those hinderances and the weather, I now confident that I can face much sterner challenges. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Agree with Jemma, everyone stop complaining! In full: Instead of slating the organisers, I say well done! Unbelievably hot weather, water thieves (if you're reading this you are scum), and the turn out being double of last year, I say good job to you all and thank you for giving us all the opportunity to do what we enjoy doing.....running. Organisers are there to help us enjoy our race in safety and make it a memorable experience. I'm surprised anyone who sees them as a profit making business will find it hard actually enjoying their run instead of expecting high expectations. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Good fun, lots of variety, plenty of shade, nice ups-and-downs, BBQ, lots for family to do. In full: My first run for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a variety of challenges over 5 miles. Most of it is through sandy woodland which was pleasant underfoot and provided plenty of shade.
Interesting finish with a short (50 metre) climb up to the school playing field, with panoramic views across the bedfordshire countryside.
I've entered again this year, not sure I'll do less than 40 minutes again though, I put that down to the excitement of racing again. At least I'll be ready for the 'interesting' finish this year.
The family loved the summer fayre and we stayed all afternoon - good weather, good run and a good day out. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: My first marathon ever. Made very difficult by weather/delays/water shortage, but flat course with day-trippers applauding was good In full: This was my first marathon so not much to compare it with. But I think the organisers need to think about a)recruiting enough local volunteer marshalls to avoid problem of delay to ones 'bought in'. b) There needs to be a contingency plan for hot weather and water supply problems. It literally felt as though it was killing me in 80 degrees with no water between 7 and 17 miles. They should have been able to mobilise some cars and extra water to run alongside runners at 10-14 mile point, offering water to those that had missed out. c) It would be good if there could somehow be more signs/marshalls/ribbons or something along the Golden Mile that indicated to the day-trippers that there was an event on. Felt like we were running thru crowds of completely indifferent/unaware people at times. Having said this, I know how difficult it is to organise such events, admire the people who do and hope they will take above as constructive suggestions for future as I plan to try again next year to beat my 4hrs 21 on this flat course. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Great setting, very challenging course. In full: Hard work on a summer evening but well worth it. Good marshalling and facilities at start/finish. Well worth a go! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: No water, no atmosphere, not again In full: Depressing course wiht long straight roads and no shade. Not acceptable to be held up for 45 minutes or lack of water, for whatever reason. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Beginner turns into an enthusiast! In full: Having read through many people's opinions I thought I'd air my own views on the Blackpool marathon. Firstly, the course itself is great for beginners such as myself. I had no previous training other than the odd 4 mile run and to be honest thought I'd be quite bored running 26 miles. But, I am a convert and although my mind is abit of a blur as to what I was actually thinking about, up unitl the famous last 6 miles miles were I 'hit the wall' I really enjoyed my first marathon. As with many others, I was disappointed with the lack of supply and just to answer afew who condemn this attitude here's why I think this. I am 'the other chap' mentioned in another review who turned up wanting to sign up on the day, which has been allowed in previous Blackpool marathons as i have friends who have done so, and it was also stated on the website that this would be allowed. Despite this, I ran without a number, determined to complete the 26 miles. However, when chatting to the volunteers, who i totally appreciate for their hard work and effort, i was told that people were working throughout the night to ensure problems such as lack of water or delayed starts wouldn't prevail. If this was the case, how could the water supply have been stolen from under people's noses and how dangerous could the course have been to allow a 45 minute start delay on closed roads? All in all though, I will be back next year, determined to train appropriatley and knock an hour off my 4 hours 51 minutes time. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: A real shame In full: This is disgusting, and im not talking about organistation. I think it's awful that so many of you come on this to criticise!! I know the organisers of this race and know how much hard work and effort has been poured into it!! The fact that the majority of you have never done the same and probably couldnt says it all. 1)The water stations were vandalised - this cannot be prepared for 2)weather was unbelievable - cannot be prepared for 3)the delay at the start was caused by marshalls which had been paid for - again cannot be prepared for, would had rather they let us go on an unsafe race?? I think not!! You seem to forget this race is not set up by some big organisation, just a few GOOD people who want to do something special for YOU and put a lot of hard work into it so stop complaining, everyone was in the same position!!! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Unfortunate set of circumstances caused major and potentially dangerous problems In full: Ron and his dedicated team had impressed during the run-up to this event but a lengthy start delay in the heat, poor marshalling and hopelessly inadequate water supplies due apparently to theft, meant that their best endeavours were undermined on the day and a 40% drop-out rate showed just how tough this was. It's unlikely for the same things to happen again and the organisers seem keen to learn and listen. So, although I won't be back, it still has the potential to be a great event Date of review: June 22, 2005