In short: Always going to be tough if weather is hot In full: It can be a race for a PB, if the conditions are favourable, but can have the opposite effect if conditions are hot. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Should at least get the basics right, enough water stations with adequates supplies! In full: The organisers need to think again, inadequate water stations and amateur support are not a great recommendation for this marathon. It was very tough on the day due to the dealys, but mostly due to the heat. With a serious rethink and more resources it has the potential to be a really excellent race venue. However, no planning would have considered the outside possibility of the sun actually shining in Blackpool and possibly the hottest weekend of the year! I was seriouly dehydrated at 16-17 miles, not plaesant, but got through it to finish 20 minutes behind my target. Some nice touches, but try harder next time me thinks! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Flat race, aid stations are poor, finishing medal is good. Potentially can be very hot on race day. In full: 45 min delay at the start was terrible. Felt my legs tightening, and the water which I had drunk made it's way into my bladder rather than sweating it out, so spent first 13miles needing 'to go'. The delay was due to an incident on the road which the police had to clear, but the roads were meant to be clear from 8am so i don't understand?
The most depressingly solitary experience of my life was the run to Bispham and back (20 miles onward). That was awful. The heat and the lack of anything interesting to look created an overwhelming sense of boredom, which I personally couldn't overcome and 'went under'.
There was very little support from the locals, who looked at us like we were freaks of nature. Being mocked by stagnight yobo's and bawdy boozers was annoying. I passed one runner flat on the pavement screaming out for water - and not getting any from the police and St. Johns bent over him. I can only hope he is now well recovered?
There were NO isotonics, even though I was promised by race controllers there would be on 5 stations. Shameless!
This was my first marathon, and I concur with one runners comments that it is not wise to run your first in the height of summer, but the organisers should charge an extra quid or whatever it takes to get more water for all. It's extremely dangerous. Also, I could have put a tea bag in some sun-blessed bottles and brewed up for the bored race marshalls.
I will return to this race and kick it's ass, coz i finished 30mins slower than what I wanted, but nothing can prepare you for running 26.2 in a 30degree humidity. I think that having a half marathon and a full marathon at the same time is naturally inherent with many problems, some which can be addressed and some which cannot. But water shortages at a marathon is appalling. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Where were the marshalls, where was the water, where was the organisation? In full: Forty minute hold up due to no marshalls on the course. Organisers were bragging at the 5000+ entrys, so why didn't they ensure that they had enough water at the water stations for every runner? apparently there were meant to be stations at every 5k, so why in extreme heat did we have runners collapsing with heat exhaustion. Organisers should hold thier heads in shame. will never go to Blackpool again. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: My fav now for the 2 years its been running In full: Although far too hot - lovely run, well organised and plenty of much needed water and energy drinks. Good to be at the back of the field and still see marshals! Will be back next year Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Badly organised, not enough water stations, runners were put at risk with high temps not enough water,support or help. In full: A review needs to be done about the awful organisation of the race. A very late start put runners in high temps for an excessive amount of time. Not enough water, toilets or specialised support left runners ar risk. A lesson to be learn't and changes to be made. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Lack of water In full: I thought I was the only one who thought water was scarce. The weather, well it is the summer, so you have to expect it.I think the delay made it hard, being told it was 15 minutes, which turned into 40 minutes. Great medal, t-shirt and sandwiches at end. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Nice flat course, PB potential if not too hot! In full: Missed my H/M target time by 10 mins due to unbelievably hot conditions. Not helped by delay at the start and not enough water stations, although I did managed to get a water bottle at each station. Finish area was a bit manic and it didn't help watching runners have to dip sweaty hands into water barrels to get desparately needed cups of water. Medal and sandwich were very nice though! Pre-race organisation was excellent. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Low-key and friendly event involving 3 laps to include this attactive village and surrounding countryside. In full: One of my favourite half-marathons despite the remote location. Framlingham is an attractive village surrounded by scenic countryside. This year's event was wonderfully supported by marshals and residents, and the only downside was the weather (temp in 90s!). Will return next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Whilst heat was out side the control of the organisers, starting on time and adequate water is (but was not) In full: Having never been to Blackpool before I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for. I'd describe the route as dull - running between sand dunes bores after a while; Blackpool is like it is on the TV - drunk offensive stag / hen doos at 19 miles not fun; generally lacking in atmosphere - even in Blackpool, but worse you run the last six miles (out and back) north of the finsh where its effectively dead.
This year (2005) very hot - I've been told high 20s degrees C and higher in suntraps on the dunes and along the promanade. Whilst it was to be expected that it would be warm and this was exceptional (or with global warming is it?) - the 50 minute delay to the start (Partially because the marshalls hadn't been deployed) meant it just got hotter. To make matters worse there was just not enough water - completely gone at the first water station (shared with the 1/2 M) and missing / gone between 8 and 14 miles and from there on available as plastic cups filled from buckets.
Also disapponting that the same T-shirt for both M and 1/2M.
On the plus side well set up finish, excellent medal and an Egg Mayo Sandwich. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Lovely relaxed atmosphere In full: Didn't run well but still a lovely race - Minty mat, is that you Mr Penney? You should have got a coaster, very nice one too, I'll see if there are any leftovers for you! Date of review: June 20, 2005