In short: Great race with a terrible start In full: Firstly the race is fab, really tough with some clubby runners at the sharp end but i must say having 250 runners start on a narrow path is crazy, it must have took 2 mins to run properly because of lesser runners in front. Come on organisers sort this mess out for 2006 ! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Dont bother entering on the day In full: I entered this on the day (for the princely sum of £14!!) but this meant no official timing because the chips were not given out to those who entered on the day - which explains why there is only 1400 people listed as finishing when there were 1700 starting. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Wow, would definately do this one again. A little too warm this year, the views are fantastic, organisation smooth. A smaller field than I expected, but I think this will change as runners get to know of it. Well worth the trip. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Woo Hoo! What a race, whatr a place, back next year to run it properly In full: Wow! Breathtaking scenery, reasonably flat course, great touches like the water stations increased to every two miles and some locals out with the garden hoses, presentations done nicely at the finish, nice solid attractive medal and ribbon(but no mention of the island race, missed opportunity) and quality T-shirt on a bargain entry fee. Alpen bars and fruit juice at the finish and some sponsors health tablets. Easy to travel too and cheap in advance. Journey back in time to a place where life is good, the food is good nad relax with an atmospher that welcomes beginners to good runners. Winner circa 1.16 reflecte dheat of the day, but gossh, this will be a calendar event and one I wopuld recommend again and again and again. It will be an all time favourite. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: nice flat course for a summer evening run. takes in canal towpath from shobnall sports field and branston water park. finish at the albion pub. first 6k is on grass or track so its not that fast a course, but well worth entering. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: I would like to thank the St Johns staff and the friendly members of the public when I succumbed to heat and dehydration 100 metres from finish In full: Enough has been said about the conditions. My thanks go to some members of the public who helped me just before the end of the half marathon and the fantastic St Johns ambulance people who looked after me at the end of the race. As an experienced runner I am not used to being helped over the finish line but on this occasion I needed it. Once again many thanks. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Brutal but fun In full: I loved this, it puts most "hilly" races well back in their place! The long climb up to St. Martha's the first time round was especially brutal, but fun in a strange way. Very encouraging marshals, my only complaint was the lack of water at the finish. I will be back in the winter. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Great flat course, PB potential, well organised. In full: Really excellent organisation and very good marshalling. Fabulous course, I will definately run it again next year. Thank you to the spectators with hoses to cool us down on what was a very hot day! Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Disappointed with the event overall but feeling good with myself having battled through to the finish. In full: As an exiled seasider living abroad, I was really looking forward to returning to my home town for a marathon. However, I ended up feeling very disappointed. Everything about the organisation felt second class and I can't add much to what has already been said. However, some of the comments about Blackpool itself are way off the mark and are totally irrelevant to the marathon and its organisation. Whilst the route was fairly boring, you can hardly say St Annes is a dump! However, having grizzed it through to the finish with all those hinderances and the weather, I now confident that I can face much sterner challenges. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Agree with Jemma, everyone stop complaining! In full: Instead of slating the organisers, I say well done! Unbelievably hot weather, water thieves (if you're reading this you are scum), and the turn out being double of last year, I say good job to you all and thank you for giving us all the opportunity to do what we enjoy doing.....running. Organisers are there to help us enjoy our race in safety and make it a memorable experience. I'm surprised anyone who sees them as a profit making business will find it hard actually enjoying their run instead of expecting high expectations. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Good fun, lots of variety, plenty of shade, nice ups-and-downs, BBQ, lots for family to do. In full: My first run for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a variety of challenges over 5 miles. Most of it is through sandy woodland which was pleasant underfoot and provided plenty of shade.
Interesting finish with a short (50 metre) climb up to the school playing field, with panoramic views across the bedfordshire countryside.
I've entered again this year, not sure I'll do less than 40 minutes again though, I put that down to the excitement of racing again. At least I'll be ready for the 'interesting' finish this year.
The family loved the summer fayre and we stayed all afternoon - good weather, good run and a good day out. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: My first marathon ever. Made very difficult by weather/delays/water shortage, but flat course with day-trippers applauding was good In full: This was my first marathon so not much to compare it with. But I think the organisers need to think about a)recruiting enough local volunteer marshalls to avoid problem of delay to ones 'bought in'. b) There needs to be a contingency plan for hot weather and water supply problems. It literally felt as though it was killing me in 80 degrees with no water between 7 and 17 miles. They should have been able to mobilise some cars and extra water to run alongside runners at 10-14 mile point, offering water to those that had missed out. c) It would be good if there could somehow be more signs/marshalls/ribbons or something along the Golden Mile that indicated to the day-trippers that there was an event on. Felt like we were running thru crowds of completely indifferent/unaware people at times. Having said this, I know how difficult it is to organise such events, admire the people who do and hope they will take above as constructive suggestions for future as I plan to try again next year to beat my 4hrs 21 on this flat course. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: Great setting, very challenging course. In full: Hard work on a summer evening but well worth it. Good marshalling and facilities at start/finish. Well worth a go! Date of review: June 22, 2005
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