In short: 1st Marathon and under 3 1/2 hrs,apart from delayed start no great probs and recommeded for beginners due to flatness In full: I thought that Blackpool was a great place for a marathon. Day before, chance to go on the pleasure beach and have a fun relaxing day to take away some of the pre race stress.
On to the race, the delayed start was frustrating as was the guy on the mike trying to joke that he was off back to his hotel. No one laughed nuff said. Very flat course and despite the warm weather, which I did expect when booking for the race, it was mid June so could have been even worse, at least it was a bit breezy being on coast.
This was my first marathon and I really enjoyed it, lots of good support apart from the Bispham bit but this is not London.
My time on the internet was wrong by 10 mins, in my favour though which seems to have been a problem for others to. We could do with the chips on the ankles.
Overall I don't care about the few problems as I managed to do a marthon which not many people manage, I was chuffed with the time of under 3 1/2 hours and I would recommend it to others. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A good race - desperately hard in the heat. Some stretches felt demoralising (e.g the road back from Lytham). I suppose you get that in any long race. However, there were good bits. I liked the run back into town from the North end along the top. Yes Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Very Hard Half and Very Easy to Get Lost In full: Worst few hills in the first 3 miles (and therefore the last 3 as it is out and back) although the race is full of them, pleasant scenery plus nice forest trails. Check whether it states route marking has now been fool-proofed (a number of people got lost this year), take a map or chance your arm as I ended up running 20 miles this year, mainly because of the course markings and partly because I am stupid. Other competitor’s very friendly and great day out. Don't do it if you are at risk of a heart attack. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A seriously tough race, but what a sense of satisfaction when the finish line was in sight! In full: This really must be 'the hardest half' - only to be tackled if you like lots of ascents and descents, and in particular, hundreds of steep steps! But the friendliness of the runners and marshalls and the food en roite and at the end make it all worthwhile. Highly recommended! Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: This is the standard all other races should be judged by In full: Superb - organisation, scenary, marshalls, markings, course, etc. ad infinitum! Races don't get any better! Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Pancake flat. In full: There is a good chance of a PB, but beware of the wind- it can get up. I predict the course will quicken up further in future years once some of the trees which have been planted around parts of the course grow a bit. A well organised race. Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Well organised and friendly with frequent water and sponges In full: They ran out of water at 7 miles but redeemed themselves about a mile or so later. It was quite a warm and sunny day. Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Flat and fast (if a bit windy) a nice start for beginners and quick for the pros In full: First 10K race and throughly enjoyed it. Well organised and a good family event, will be back next year. Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Excellent run and they even held the start back due to the amount of traffic delaying runners ! In full: Quite tough due to the hill. Walkers in the front section blocked the road but it was a good day out ! Date of review: July 2, 2005
In short: Excellent family friendly atmosphere In full: My kids (age 11 & 9) enjoyed this race, which was their first. The work out before the race was a nice touch especially for the young ones. The course was a touch narrow in places, but we will run again. Date of review: July 1, 2005