In short: good course, though should start 9.30 not 11.15 In full: Big round of applause for all the St. jones, ambulance teams and marshales because of the incredeable heat. We all felt for those who collapsed due to the heat. very well organised though should have started earlyer. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Needs a drastic overhall In full: Whilst the organisers couldnt be held responsible for the weather it was common knowledge that temperatures would be close on 30o so extra water stations should have been a formality but no , lets not stray too far from the school ,boys and girls , i hate to see other runners in distress because of poor planning (ignorance) by the organisers . The junior 2k was also a joke , 1st they rip off the kids for £3 then they run AFTER the adults have started the10k , thus losing the support of all those runners(and parents) who could be at the finish . Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: ,more water more mile markers In full: the heat couldn't be helped, but they ran out of water at the first station and we had to resort to picking half full bottles off the floor. More mile markers would be helpful, few and far between. Great medal and t-shirt, nice butty and the High 5 was a godsend. See you again next year, Well done Ron Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Please dont complain about the weather..... In full: First time at Blackpool and ran with a small group from Stockport Harriers. Must say an A++ performance from barry and Ruth both with PB's and admirable performances from Jayne and Alison (all finished ahead of me.... this time !) We will be back next year
Plus : Certainly a course for a PB Well marshalled finish Nice t-shirt and medal
Minus : Trams and runners dont mix was aware of two occasions where runners almost came off second best at mile 7 just before you drop down to sea wall. Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink - it doesn't go off so get more than you need. People of Blackpool - this is your home town you should be proud of this race, where were you ! Just such a hot day but I'm not complaining just stating a fact ! Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Superbly organised race with a long history. Excellent support all round the route with residents on hand to offer impromptu showers and drinks on demand. In full: This has to be one of the best organised races going. Its long history means that it receives support from residents all around the route, many of whom turned out with their hosepipes to help cool of the runners on what was a very hot and humid day. Route is mostly rural with a few rises and falls but nothing that could reasonably be called a hill. This year, the weather meant that nobody was going to set a PB, but I set mine here last year and reckon many others could do likewise.
Its a shame this race falls on the same day as the Blackpool races - its possible to do both (BP in the morning and this after lunch) but, if you need to choose one, I'd pick this for its friendliness alone. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: not enough water In full: my first marathon so made most of it and enjoyed but heat was tough going. Water stations a real let down as was the goodie bag but a nice medal and t-shirt. Next marathon will not be in middle of summer. Good flat course if a little boring. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: flat but tough In full: the delay was not good.hopefully this can be learnt from and improved.will have to do this again to make amends for my poor run.some kind lasses giveing out sweets.(thanks). water stations were fine.c u in 06 Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Hot. Hot. Hot!! Delay made it hotter still. In full: Could have done with some showers - think saw St John putting up what looked like inflatable unit - well after the first marathon finisher got in!! Felt sorry for the paramedics and first aiders, they must have seen a lot of action!! I felt the shivers after about 10 miles and thought I was perhaps going a little mad; thankfully I came across a water station, which kept me going (just). I wanted to walk at one stage, but managed to continue to run; though I'm sure I was passed by people walking!
In short: Simply boring. Nothing to stimulate the mind. In full: The heat killed me, but it sure didn't help running for 5 miles with repetitive scenery down alongside the beach. Certainly the most boring half marathon course I've ran by a long way. Couldn't hear the announcements about the delay, and had to relay on eavesdropping to find out the explanation. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Thank you to all that made this a special race. In full: Thanks must go to Brian and all the marshals.
It must have been run on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Water points were essential and the people of Freckleton and all along the route ceratinly came up trumps. There were water points all along the route and you consequently you could pick and choose from which you took refreshment. Also people out with their hoses to provide showers.
In short: enjoyable but very hot and some killer hills. race should start earlier. In full: very nice scenery especially going over the bridge. fair enough it was an unusually hot day but really a race in the middle of June shouldnt start at 11.15. it meant the hardest part of the course, a very long hill at 8 miles, being at about the hottest part of the day!. thanks to all the people in Barton for the hoses and sponges, maybe the organisers could have done the same! more water stations and please please please not plastic cups!!!!! Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Who's sick idea to stick that hill at 8 mile In full: Good bits - Fantastic medal, one of the friendliest races i have ever been to, very scenic run, very well organised, High five available at water stations, locals joined in the unofficial water stations and hose pipes
Bad bits - The weather (obviously not the organisers fault), inadequate toilets, first aid seemed to be lacking during the race - one lad collapsed at the end and it seemed to take a long time for medics to get to him, personally I suffered from the joggers nipple from about mile 4 and not one marshall I asked had any plasters at hand. Given the extremely hot day we had I think it caught the organisers by surprise - especially with regards to the aerobics session that was set up before the race. No one in their right mind was going to take part given how hot it was.
Overall - adversity has a way of bringing out the worst in any situation - if it hadn't been so bloomin hot I think this had a chance of being one of the best races in the year. The medal was one of the best I have ever had though - thanks for a fab race guys and next time make sure it is not so hot :) Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Not enough marshalls or water stations. In full: Even if the organisers had been blissfully unaware that the race was to be held on the hottest day of the year their should have been more water stations. the lower stretch on the promenade was boring and sole destroying. T-shirt and medal very good, maybe the organisers should look at the Liverpool half to improve a race that has potential. Date of review: June 19, 2005