In short: Superbly organised race with a long history. Excellent support all round the route with residents on hand to offer impromptu showers and drinks on demand. In full: This has to be one of the best organised races going. Its long history means that it receives support from residents all around the route, many of whom turned out with their hosepipes to help cool of the runners on what was a very hot and humid day. Route is mostly rural with a few rises and falls but nothing that could reasonably be called a hill. This year, the weather meant that nobody was going to set a PB, but I set mine here last year and reckon many others could do likewise.
Its a shame this race falls on the same day as the Blackpool races - its possible to do both (BP in the morning and this after lunch) but, if you need to choose one, I'd pick this for its friendliness alone. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: not enough water In full: my first marathon so made most of it and enjoyed but heat was tough going. Water stations a real let down as was the goodie bag but a nice medal and t-shirt. Next marathon will not be in middle of summer. Good flat course if a little boring. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: flat but tough In full: the delay was not good.hopefully this can be learnt from and improved.will have to do this again to make amends for my poor run.some kind lasses giveing out sweets.(thanks). water stations were fine.c u in 06 Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Hot. Hot. Hot!! Delay made it hotter still. In full: Could have done with some showers - think saw St John putting up what looked like inflatable unit - well after the first marathon finisher got in!! Felt sorry for the paramedics and first aiders, they must have seen a lot of action!! I felt the shivers after about 10 miles and thought I was perhaps going a little mad; thankfully I came across a water station, which kept me going (just). I wanted to walk at one stage, but managed to continue to run; though I'm sure I was passed by people walking!
In short: Simply boring. Nothing to stimulate the mind. In full: The heat killed me, but it sure didn't help running for 5 miles with repetitive scenery down alongside the beach. Certainly the most boring half marathon course I've ran by a long way. Couldn't hear the announcements about the delay, and had to relay on eavesdropping to find out the explanation. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Thank you to all that made this a special race. In full: Thanks must go to Brian and all the marshals.
It must have been run on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Water points were essential and the people of Freckleton and all along the route ceratinly came up trumps. There were water points all along the route and you consequently you could pick and choose from which you took refreshment. Also people out with their hoses to provide showers.
In short: enjoyable but very hot and some killer hills. race should start earlier. In full: very nice scenery especially going over the bridge. fair enough it was an unusually hot day but really a race in the middle of June shouldnt start at 11.15. it meant the hardest part of the course, a very long hill at 8 miles, being at about the hottest part of the day!. thanks to all the people in Barton for the hoses and sponges, maybe the organisers could have done the same! more water stations and please please please not plastic cups!!!!! Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Who's sick idea to stick that hill at 8 mile In full: Good bits - Fantastic medal, one of the friendliest races i have ever been to, very scenic run, very well organised, High five available at water stations, locals joined in the unofficial water stations and hose pipes
Bad bits - The weather (obviously not the organisers fault), inadequate toilets, first aid seemed to be lacking during the race - one lad collapsed at the end and it seemed to take a long time for medics to get to him, personally I suffered from the joggers nipple from about mile 4 and not one marshall I asked had any plasters at hand. Given the extremely hot day we had I think it caught the organisers by surprise - especially with regards to the aerobics session that was set up before the race. No one in their right mind was going to take part given how hot it was.
Overall - adversity has a way of bringing out the worst in any situation - if it hadn't been so bloomin hot I think this had a chance of being one of the best races in the year. The medal was one of the best I have ever had though - thanks for a fab race guys and next time make sure it is not so hot :) Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Not enough marshalls or water stations. In full: Even if the organisers had been blissfully unaware that the race was to be held on the hottest day of the year their should have been more water stations. the lower stretch on the promenade was boring and sole destroying. T-shirt and medal very good, maybe the organisers should look at the Liverpool half to improve a race that has potential. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Am I allowed to plug my own race as an organiser ? Certainly this was one of the highlights of my running career. To everyone who came, a big thank you for making the day so memorable. Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Chuffing HOT!!!! In full: Another good race which would have been well planned if there had of been enough water at the first feeding station. Slight delay of 45mins at the beginning, which was no fault of Ron and the team, but the heat was extreme...not something you would expect at Blackpool. The run along the lower walk is very boring, but at least it is flat, until you get to Bispham. I will be back next year.....Cheers Ron! Date of review: June 19, 2005
In short: Too hot ! lack of water and snacks In full: My first half, far too hot but that's not their fault, delay was a pain, water stations a bit hit and miss. Where were the promised Coke, Choccie and Jelly Babies, i really needed then at about 10 miles! Date of review: June 19, 2005