In short: A flat, fast race beside the sea. In full: Since this was my first race I don't have anything to compare it with buy I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very flat, without even a hint of a hill which made a welcome change to the hills around Guisborough. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: One of the tougher halfs, but at least not boringly flat In full: Even though the hills were tough, especially the one between 11 & 12 miles, there was something about this race which makes you say, I would probably do this again. Water stations plentiful, and all had sponges as well. Overall a very good event in a very nice setting, with a nice show and a few beers to finish off. Also makes a change having a Saturday race. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Well organised making excellent use of the redways In full: I had been a bit worried about this one. It seemed a little pricey and didn't seem to be offering anything particularly for the money, although it is a charity fund raiser.
In fact, organisation was impressive. An MC got us all geared up with a masss warm up, then it was off to the start at 10AM and away we went. Marshalling was absolutely brilliant, no gaps or possibility of a wrong turn and lots of words of encouragement.
Water stops and sponges were at just the right places and there were no stupid half litre bottles on offer just cups (when i've seen bottles handed out in the past, runners just take two sips and throw them away, creating littter and hazards. God also added in lots of water in the second half, if inly he'd remembered to turn off the rain again when I finished.
If I wanted to improve this race for next year I'd add timing chips and some isotonic drinks at the water stops, but apart from that it was great
In short: No chance of overheating and some of the puddles at the base of the undulates deeper than most water jumps on a steeplechase. Well marshalled, reasonable race In full: Flat/undulating describes bits of the course. Some of the undulates a bit lengthy and steep in a teasing sort of way. Horrible conditions today, torrential at times, in the air and rushing down the undulates, but at least the rain was warm. Good changing rooms, but no water to any of the showers. Start a bit flawed. i.e No marshalling and audible call to the pack, but well marshalled throughout. Enough water stops for today. Goody bag interesting mix of lollipop, sport drink, banana and cereal bar...Hmm. Plenty of parking and good venue for post race recovery drink/food. Might be back, but there are better/better value races around. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: VERY average local 10k In full: I assumed as this was sold out that it would be a great race. However the race wasn't signposted at all, and I would have struggled to find it if I did not have a passenger. Had to park miles away from the start line. Start was very congested, and the first 3 miles was along a busy road that wasn't closed. "nd half was back along the tow path.
Overall I didn't like this race, it didn't seem to be as well orgainsed as a lot of the races I have donme so far this year. Mind you I set my 2nd fastest time over 10k, even so I won;t be coming back. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: No major complaints In full: I could not clearly see any expected time markers to line up against and encountered a few problems with people walking three abreast after one kilometre. It would have been very difficult for anybody racing to achieve a PB. Plenty of free water but too many bottles carelessly discarded. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Let's hope they're all like this In full: Very good first race - definitely something that a beginner should do. Well organised with marshalls everywhere cheering runners on and water at the halfway mark (thanks to the people who did that, btw). Couple of hills to deal with, but nothing too bad and the downhill bit after the second hill is great. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Flatish Course on Pleasant Country Roads In full: Rained cats and dogs this year but we loved every minute. Ample water stations, good marshalling, excellent visible mile markers, bloke on tannoy shouting your names as you came in. Nice one. Good changing rooms although someone had turned the water to the shower off. Sociable bar for post race pi**-up. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: 2 Very steep hills to contend, other than that nothing too special In full: Very average in all respects, yes the 2 hills are hard. Whole event had a little bit of a "none event" feeling if that makes sense ! No stands or sellers, or anything other than marshalls. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Lucky they didn't kill anyone In full: Having spent the night in hospital this is the worst organisation ever bestowed on a race. It has taken me this long to comment, such has been a slow and painful recovery. Delayed start, running out of water, a "professional" marshalling company???, local hospital not informed of the event and over subsription of runners. If this is the norm for the Blackpool Marathon, join BUPA, get a good solicitor and make sure you have life insurance. A complete farce. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: A very enjoyable race In full: Friendly race with scenic second half. Unfortunately got lost on way and so missed the start otherwise would have been sure of a pb. Will definitely be back next year to prove it! A nice medal too. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Wet this year nice flattish off road run In full: my only problem was a gate they could have opened along the thames path they failed to and people had to squeeze through a relatively small gap but this was only minor iritation. they changed the distance to 11.8k this year but failed to tell people until the day not that it bothered me. Overall an enjoyable race. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: A fast flat course In full: a fast flat course with great PB potential. starts with a short loop round the houses then a flat run along the coast road, loop round a grassed area then a fast run to the finish. let down by not enough cups for water at the finish, as a slower runner I needed the water at the end but no cups available. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Dull first half, scenic second half and thank goodness for the rain! In full: I believe that it's hot and sunny more often than not for this race. This year we were blessed with grey skies and fairly gentle rain which was great for the running but did mean that people left fairly promptly after finishing. First half is along roads with no pavement for the first few kms; fortunately the traffic wasn't too bad. Second half along the towpath was infinitely better though I suspect in better weather there would've been far more dog walkers and cyclists to dodge. Start line was not particularly clearly marked and I suspect it would'be been easy to miss the km markers. First time I've done this event and will definitely do it again. Date of review: July 24, 2005