In short: First 10K I've done,nice course,clostraphobic start to race but soon splits once race gets going, nasty short sharp hill around 7K, the cows seemed interested spectators though,Great race!!!!! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A great race In full: Good points: Atmosphere, location (started and finished in park), beat my PB, nice shiny medal (nice touch with having the back engraved), abundance of water stations (although this was due to circuits during the run), a true undulating course, I particularly liked the final KM being downhill and ran through the park.
Bad Points: Toilets weren't great (I suspect that they were used more as part of the fete rather than specially placed for the race), drinking water at the water stations had a funny chlorine taster to them (my second cup tasted as though the water had been collected from the local swimming pool), the course was narrow in places and seeind as we were being overtaken during the circuit part of the race by the lead runners there was a chance of confusion and people getting in the way. A nasty hill at 7-8K ... but I loved every minute of running up it.
Overall - I really really enjoyed this race. Partly because of breaking my PB and generally I was happy with the way I ran, but also this was one of those races which larger race organisers should look at as a mark of good practice and learn valuable lessons. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Never again..... until the next time In full: This is a special race but boy was it hard this year! The changes made to the course definitely made for the hardest half... Got lost but that was my own fault, I should have been watching where I was going. The marshalls and other competitors no doubt make this the friendliest halfs in Britain. This is a superb race but make sure you train for it before attempting otherwise you are in for a difficult time Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Very well organised race, and very scenic In full: From the registration to the end this was a very well organised race, having travelled from Southampton on the Saturday in the wet was pleased to see sunny weather on the sunday, plenty of drink stations, very nice course, would definetly do it again. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Badly organised start In full: There were too many 'non-runners' at the begining, should have 'timing pens' like the marathon, I know everyone wants to be away quick, but if youre not going to run, even from the begining, dont get at the front. Nice event, could have done better with sign posting how to get to the start though. Nice Medal and T-shirt. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Badly organised during the 'run up', but great on the day In full: My payment was taken twice, luckily my credit card company sorted it out for me. I didn't receive my race letter and it took 5 calls and several emails to get a pack sent to me at home, 3 days before the run - and then I got 2 packs! Rubbish, poor quality t-shirt, no goodie bag. But my first 10k and a good experience on the day. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere, prestigious but too expensive, no chip timing, too many dead turns en route, sporadic water stations. Not televised ! In full: Its no doubt that this event is a prestigious race in the heart of the city but the entry fee is far too expensive. The organisers attempt to justify this fee in the FAQ`s on their website was found to be complex and confusing and I was none the wiser. The event was not chip timed, they claim it would be too expensive etc. its done for far bigger events and not everyone is timed, unfair to slower runners. A staggered start would help congestion. I thought there were too many "dead turns" (four I counted) which was certainly a "slowing" factor to the race. The drink stations could have been more evenly placed, say every 2K. Why wasn`t this event televised? considering its status? and the fact that Haile Gebrselassie took part, surely he alone is worth TV coverage. The " goody" bag or should I say "goodless" bag was poor, no energy bars, fruit etc. in it as one would / should expect from a race like this only a T shirt and money off token(s) for radian B. In short the organisers need to take on board (from experience and runners comments)on what it takes to put on a well organised, slick and value for money race. However the plus points was the location and the atmosphere and for that alone despite all my comments I may do it again next year...or? Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: OK. Organisiation seemed bit lacking, esp with 20K running. In full: Scenery not as good as hoped for. Organisation seemed chaotic, managed to cross start in 4mins but only due to pure luck. Tannoy announcements incomprehensible. Good support at finish and nice medal. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Lovely Day , Great race , lovely weather - I thoroughly enjoyed it In full: I really enjoyed this race - and was delighted with my time of 51:54 (my timing) . I like the course it was quite flat in places but with enough lumpy bits to catch me unawares. As usual I started a little too quick and faded later - I thought the Marshalls very supportive . It was very hot out there yet had been quite cool earlier in the morning - the long stretch back to the railway station was long and hot . I was happy with this race indeed!! A freind of mine came 2rd woman!! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: If it was better organised I might do it again In full: Ken Livingstone shouldn't allow this race to go ahead next year unless the pre-event organisation improves. Date of review: July 3, 2005
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