In short: Glad to see the Mablethorpe Marathon Has returned!! In full: Was very glad to see the return of the Mablethorpe Marathon. I last took part in 2008 and found it to be great. This race was no different. I found the organisation to be as slick as previous and the Marshallers were all super friendly as always. The highlight for me was 'smashing' my PB and coming in under the four hour mark!!! This year I will aim to bring it down again. Well done to all involved and here's looking forward to 2011!! Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Well organised with some very nice touches In full: Despite the weather another very well organised and marshalled event. Drink stations every 2 or 3 miles with 500ml bottled water with a couple having Gatorade in 500ml bottles too. The course was a little undulating in the middle section but nothing serious. Nice medal and t-shirt at the finish. Chip timing - chip time sent via SMS a little later. Has the potential to rub shoulders with the more popular, established events and still hold its own. Date of review: October 7, 2010
In short: Good Route, nice tshirt and medal, relaxed atmosphere In full: Apart from a need for improvement at the water stations for the full marathon, i have no complaints - got a pb here. So happily do it again and again and stay in Mablethorpe for a little longer. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Magnificent Mars Munching Mablethorpe In full: The only reason I run is so I can eat more chocolate, so to find a mars bar in the goody bag after 26 miles was the icing on the cake (chocolate of course). The organisation was first rate with lots of marshals giving great support. Nice finish with foil jacketty thing and nice medal and t-shirt. Like others I found the mile markers about 1/4 mile out - especially from about mile 9, but had a sneaky suspicion that it would be clawed back in the last mile or so. Mentioned this to another runner who insisted the markers were correct - I just guess we were using different satellites. Ran a PB so was delighted and will definitely be back next year with a few more miles under the belt. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: organisation excellent, wind and rain horrible In full: Second time I have done this marathon and the second time I have got a PB. So the course is fast but somehow does not feel so. Perhaps because it undulates (730 m up and down) or perhaps because there are so many long straightish sections and I'm sure that the wind plays a part. Last time it was hot and windy and I remmber there being quite a few spectators this year it was wet and windy and hardly anyone was watching. The marshalls and guys at the drinks stations were special.Although the weather was foul they were all cheerful and encouraging and they had a kind word when you needed one. I really don't like the end. To have to run past the turn in for the half marathon feels so tough. However once over the line a foil was offered and put on me and a drink put in my hand. Getting the medal felt special as it was "presented" and a handshake and congratulations were offered. Nice t shirt (good to see that each race had a different colour) and a drink, mars bar and fruit. Only gripe. Why was there no hot water available in the showers! Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Well organised, flat courses, lots of fun despite the rain. In full: The race was well organised, signd and marshalled, not a grumpy marshall in sight. There were 4 water stations on the half and it was as flat as a pancake if you want a PB. The course took in some quiet roads as well as the centre of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, then back along the sea front with a tail wind.
Medals were presented by a GB team member (60M indoor runner) and there were nice burgers on sale afterwards, also a little craft market. There was stuff to colour and make for the kids as well. The finish for the marathon and half was well marshalled. We will be coming back again next year as it was such a good weekend. Lets hope the weather is a bit kinder. Date of review: October 5, 2010