In short: No water, no atmosphere, not again In full: Depressing course wiht long straight roads and no shade. Not acceptable to be held up for 45 minutes or lack of water, for whatever reason. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Beginner turns into an enthusiast! In full: Having read through many people's opinions I thought I'd air my own views on the Blackpool marathon. Firstly, the course itself is great for beginners such as myself. I had no previous training other than the odd 4 mile run and to be honest thought I'd be quite bored running 26 miles. But, I am a convert and although my mind is abit of a blur as to what I was actually thinking about, up unitl the famous last 6 miles miles were I 'hit the wall' I really enjoyed my first marathon. As with many others, I was disappointed with the lack of supply and just to answer afew who condemn this attitude here's why I think this. I am 'the other chap' mentioned in another review who turned up wanting to sign up on the day, which has been allowed in previous Blackpool marathons as i have friends who have done so, and it was also stated on the website that this would be allowed. Despite this, I ran without a number, determined to complete the 26 miles. However, when chatting to the volunteers, who i totally appreciate for their hard work and effort, i was told that people were working throughout the night to ensure problems such as lack of water or delayed starts wouldn't prevail. If this was the case, how could the water supply have been stolen from under people's noses and how dangerous could the course have been to allow a 45 minute start delay on closed roads? All in all though, I will be back next year, determined to train appropriatley and knock an hour off my 4 hours 51 minutes time. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: A real shame In full: This is disgusting, and im not talking about organistation. I think it's awful that so many of you come on this to criticise!! I know the organisers of this race and know how much hard work and effort has been poured into it!! The fact that the majority of you have never done the same and probably couldnt says it all. 1)The water stations were vandalised - this cannot be prepared for 2)weather was unbelievable - cannot be prepared for 3)the delay at the start was caused by marshalls which had been paid for - again cannot be prepared for, would had rather they let us go on an unsafe race?? I think not!! You seem to forget this race is not set up by some big organisation, just a few GOOD people who want to do something special for YOU and put a lot of hard work into it so stop complaining, everyone was in the same position!!! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Unfortunate set of circumstances caused major and potentially dangerous problems In full: Ron and his dedicated team had impressed during the run-up to this event but a lengthy start delay in the heat, poor marshalling and hopelessly inadequate water supplies due apparently to theft, meant that their best endeavours were undermined on the day and a 40% drop-out rate showed just how tough this was. It's unlikely for the same things to happen again and the organisers seem keen to learn and listen. So, although I won't be back, it still has the potential to be a great event Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: I have no regrets, i'm still glad I did it. In full: Will definatly be back next year, as its such a flat coures with great PB promise, but in the right conditions. I'm sure the organisers will have learnt by their mistakes. I was lucky, I took my own bottle round with me. (My time was also over 1M slower on the results then on my Garmin & time @ finish line). Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: WARNING I won't be doing this one again. In full: I finished second in the overall race, and was given exatly the same as the last runner...nothing. During the race, the marshalls stood chatting instead of indication directions, and twice both me and the winner were ahead of the leader car, and at one stage it was caotic with cars and runners in both lanes and directions on the road.
But the absolutely worst thing was the organisation of the kids race, where the fastest boy and girl were forgotten and almost not allowed to start in the final after winning their heats, this is very important to six year old "athletes" in the making, and on top of it all, the speaker and were taking the mickey saying that he didnt know if the parents or kids were more competitive, obviously he has never done any sport on any level himself. I would imagine that most people want to be as good as they can be.
In short: Web site not updated - insulting response to constructive criticism In full: Having been injured, I left it late to enter. The web site said I had till 23.59pm the Sunday before to enter online. I tried at 20.00pm & online entries had closed! Er Why? I decided to check the evening before the race to see if I could enter on the day. Half marathon full, still places on the marathon for on the day entries between 7.00am & 8.45am it said - great! I got there at 7.10am, having driven 45 miles to be told by the ladies on the desk that there were no on the day entries. When I & another chap who had also read the web site voiced our disappointment in a calm manner, we were verbally abused by the lady organiser who refused to accept the facts that perhaps the organisers should learn from this fault & improve the situation for runners in future years. Shouting "I'm a volunteer" repeatedly at the customer does not cut it. These guys have got many lessons to learn. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Great race for all !! one not to be missed In full: Great atmosphere and people, go for a lemon top at paciatos Ice cream parlour in Redcar to make the day complete Date of review: June 21, 2005