In short: Did this race 2003 - it was hot and lacked water, my slowest. Did it again 2005, again very hot, again lack of water especialy between 15 to 23. As other comments helped by friends and very kind people, but still beat my last time. In full: NOT recommended for beginners, until they improve the marshalls and water stations. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: A great advert to get people biking or swimming In full: Terrible organisation to run out of water so early in the race. To see runners scrounging in the gutter for discarded bottles with water in was absolutely disgusting and the lack of marshalls / medical support on the sea front stretch could have been fatal. Thanks must go to members of the public who had the foresight to turn on their garden hoses to supply water and to look after the runners suffering with dehydration. One to watch for in the race calendar and definitely miss. You've got to ask how the Freckleton 1/2 marathon run later the same day some 20 miles away gets predominantley rave reviews, but you don't need to ask where local runners will be next year. Date of review: June 21, 2005
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