In short: Almost getting a big race feel now, quite well supported, nicely organised In full: Almost getting a big race feel now, quite well supported, nicely organised, worth the trip from Southampton.
In short: A rather dull twice round the block. In full: The course is one of my training runs, so it was not the most interesting race for me. Very little support, apart from at the end, although managed to see my Dad three times round the course, not quite sure how he did that, must have been good use of the short cuts. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Overall a reasonably good race. The weather conditions were perfect on the day. A bit of rain in the morning probably kept some spectators indoors. Organisation was good, but severe lack of toilet facilities at the start. May do again, but not sure! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: The delayed start and lack of water despite the highly publicised heat-wave was extremely frustrating. A fast course, but given the weather it was very tough indeed. Such poor organisation means I would strongly recommend against trying this one. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Too hot In full: There is no point adding to the list of complaints, and I didn't have a problem with lack of water, just bottles, but the weather changed this race for me from a crack at a personal best to an attempt not to finish the race on a stretcher. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: All been said In full: To add to everything already said about the water, a more detailed map would have helped a lot. The one in the race programme was wrong (the half-marathon split was after the Pleasure Beach, not before it) and didn't show toilets - of which I didn't see any at all - or which water stations were serving energy drinks. Needs sorting.
In fairness to the organiser I've had a very good response to my complaining email, and they can't do anything about the hideousness of the town, or the weather. But for a first-time marathoner, the first water station having no water at all is soul-destroying.
But it was my first one and I finished, so at the end of the day, I'm very happy. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Did this race 2003 - it was hot and lacked water, my slowest. Did it again 2005, again very hot, again lack of water especialy between 15 to 23. As other comments helped by friends and very kind people, but still beat my last time. In full: NOT recommended for beginners, until they improve the marshalls and water stations. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: A great advert to get people biking or swimming In full: Terrible organisation to run out of water so early in the race. To see runners scrounging in the gutter for discarded bottles with water in was absolutely disgusting and the lack of marshalls / medical support on the sea front stretch could have been fatal. Thanks must go to members of the public who had the foresight to turn on their garden hoses to supply water and to look after the runners suffering with dehydration. One to watch for in the race calendar and definitely miss. You've got to ask how the Freckleton 1/2 marathon run later the same day some 20 miles away gets predominantley rave reviews, but you don't need to ask where local runners will be next year. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: inexcusable! In full: Race started off badly with delays, then got to first water station to find no water left. Runners were so desperate for fluid in parts of the race they were actually picking up discarded water bottles. Inexcusable to run out of water. Surprised they were not alot more casualties. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Tip top 'race' to start my trail and fell-running career (ha ha), will definitely be back next year to 'enjoy' it again! In full: For a first-timer like me, the Garburn was a brutal assault on my legs (and the rest) but left me feeling so smug it's positively embarassing! Better shoes next time... Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: too hot without water for long distances In full: Everthing has been said above . I had no water between 9-15 miles just when it seemed at the hottest . Running well up to that point but terrible after . It blew my entire race and ended up doing the first 20 in slowest ever 20 split time . Managed to finish but 30-40 outside realistic target time . They had water problems apparently 2 years ago and havent learnt . This was my first marathon and it was a bad exerience . I will never contemplate doing Blackpool again . Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: What a fantastic race but hard In full: What a fantastic race but very hard or was that because most of us had run the Red Kite race the day before. Excellent organisation, just a pity there were not more running. Thanks Dic Evans and all who helped you Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: It may be hard but what a place to run In full: Yes i know it was hot and yes this is a challenging race but what a beautiful place to run. Many thanks to the organisers. Ps where were you all on Sunday at the Devils Bridge race!! Date of review: June 21, 2005