In short: The marathon has become too big for organising committee In full: Heat was out of their control, but 40 minute delay at the start was avoidable. The marshalls did not know the course, which was uninspiring and lacking in atmosphere. Heard a number of downright rude comments from marshalls and officials. Yes it was hot but far worse running than standing around organising. Several mile markers were missing. Miles 20 - 23 was on concrete. Why? Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Terrific atmosphere and a good race In full: Really enjoyable race - but careful where you tread as you can easily go over on your ankle on some of the rougher ground. Great atmosphere, a fun evening for all runners and spectators. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Has the potential to be a huge event In full: I cant`t believe all of the negative comments...Yes it was hot...Yes there could have been more water...Yes there was a delay .The only issue that the organisors could have controlled was the water , maybe a learning point for next year. This event has the potential to be huge in terms of numbers and status.The organisation , shirt , medals were all excellent can`t wait for next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Nice race with some interesting hills In full: It was very hot when I ran it and they managed to have plenty of water stations and didn't run out of water with everyone taking two cups and several sponges. Well done. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hillier than you might think. Very, very hot. In full: A big thank you to all the residents with hosepipes and water pistols. Probably wouldn't have finished without them! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Great race, great organisation In full: Hottest day of the year so far didn't help, neither did a couple of complete idoit drivers (this is the IoW, I guess :) but this is a great race, great organisation, and the club house bar makes for a nice post race atmosphere! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable, great atmosphere. In full: A mid afternoon race in the middle of June will always have the potential to be very hot. As long as you are prepared for the heat this is a great race. Lot's of water, sponges and locals with hosepipes and extra water around the route make the race enjoyable even in the hottest of conditions, although probably too hot for a PB if it's a very hot day. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Not your average 10k - great fun and a brilliant atmosphere! In full: Not for the faint-hearted - the hills are pretty steep and there's lots of sand... Also, the "water" at 5k+ was pink and sticky, and there was no water left at the finish (and I wasn't that near the end...) You can buy drinks at the cafe instead, so not a disaster. Great fun though! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: The hot weather made for a really challenging marathon. It was just as well that the organiser had arranged for plenty of drink stations. In full: If this is to be the last running of this event, then it'll be a shame, but with less than 100 entrants for a county championship marathon, the event's viability cannot be guaranteed. The course has plenty of potential, as the climbs are few in number and not too long or too steep. The marshals, none of whom are runners, are extremely friendly and numerous, but don't expect too much spectator support. That is until the finish, when the applause ringing down from the racecourse stand make the whole effort seem worthwhile. I'd do it again if the Rotarians do. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hot, hot, and hotter ! In full: One of the hottest days in June happens upon the day of the Blackpool Marathon, and with an unpredicted 38 minute delayed start and low water supplies (with no water for 5 to 6 miles in places) made for an uncomfortable time. Ambulance drivers had their work cut out, while runners suffered with heat exhaustion. Even given the circumstances i'd probably do this race again, but i'd be more prepared in advance for a reoccurrence of June 19th 2005.
In short: Enjoyable run, in a scenic part of Sheffield In full: A very enjoyable day, which was made by the weather, although it was perhaps a bit hot to be posting very quick times. I had heard about the 'slight undulations' so was prepared for a hard going 5k and wasn't disappointed. There were 2 or 3 particularly gruelling hills in the first 2k, which allied with the heat sapped a lot of energy.
The organisation had the feel of a village fair about it, which added something for me. And seeing as there were only 200-250 runners it didn't really warrant much more than that.
My only gripe was that the park was open to the public, which was nice to some extent as the was support all the way round. However, it was a pain in the proverbial that a junior football team had set there pitch up across the white line directing the course, which meant running around the pitch adding extra metres at a time you really could've done without it!!!
Overall this was great low key event ideal for beginner's with a great fun atmosphere. I would definitely run it again next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005