In short: Magic Mara In full: This event just gets better and its only in its 2nd year, I'll be back next year I just wish the extra bit at the end around the houses would be altered as its really hard after 26miles to go past the finish line but other than that this is ideal for those thinking of doing their 1st road mara
well done Mablethorpe Date of review: September 21, 2007
In short: I'm aware that some runners had problems but for me it was just an excellent day out. I'll be back! In full: Two or three extra portaloos near the start area would have been useful but I thought the loos near the water stations, of which there were plenty, were a nice idea. The support from the crowds and the marshals was very good and in places it was so good it brought a lump to my throat (I could have done with those people at mile 18 or so!) I agree with other reviewers that the mile markers could do to be a bit more visible, they do serve an important function and I found it easy to miss some. It would be nice if the marathon route could be adjusted so that it wasn't necessary to go around the houses to get to the finish line. I know it doesn't look far on the map but after 26 miles it seemed endless. My thanks to the organisers, marshals, and all the many volunteers for making the day such a success. In particular I would like to say a special thank you to the young lady who, seeing me struggling, ran beside me for the last 100 meters giving me much needed encouragement. The glass paper weight was, in my opinion, imaginative - a great memento of a great day out. I look forward to returning next year.
In short: Fast, flat course - great pb potential In full: Enjoyable race. Reasonably well organised race - no major problems. The mile markers could have been clearer and marshalling could have been a little better. Also more toilets required. That aside though a good race and a good day out - with a few small tweaks will make a great race especially with the opportunity to run at a variety of distances (marathon, half marathon & 10k). Would reccommend and will definately run again in 2008. Date of review: September 20, 2007
In short: Well done again Mablethorpe! In full: Great day out. Weather was warm again though! Next year guys, only let ticket holders in for the Pasta Party! We gave up as it was overcrowded. I completely missed the mile markers on the floor - as a lot of people did. Also, the chicane at the end towards the finish line needs sorting out. The lead car nearly ran the winner of the half-marathon over. And ambulance access too needs to be addressed. However, I'm sure that the Mablethorpe gang will take this all on board and make next year better than ever.
Overall, a fantastic day out, great atmosphere, pretty run, well worth turning up for next year! Date of review: September 20, 2007
In short: A credit to the organizers In full: Excellent course, rural setting, no hills worth mentioning, plenty of water stations (with bottles !!). One little hic-up with the false start, other than that very well organized. Officials everywhere around the course giving support and encouragement (thank you). One small request please leave the tops on the water bottles. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Great day out (fish and chips afterwards a real treat) In full: Lincolnshire's only marathon and a credit to the county. Seems expensive but lots in the goody bag, including a decent quality t-shirt. Well organised, good, clean facilities, and bottled water aplenty. Few hills, but some strong winds. Lots of support along the promenade when you needed it, although it did get a bit busy towards the end. Wholly recommended. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Useless organisation and unfriendly officials. Hardly any toilets. No km or mile markers in 10k In full: I did the 10k at Mablethorpe (have two half marathons coming up so opted for a shorter distance). If you don't know the area, as we didn't, there are only two signposted portaloos at the start. We spent half an hour queueing for the toilets, and ended up with several others missing the start of the race. We had to start on our own 15 mins later and ended up doing the run alone, so we were catching up with the slower ones and the roads had been re-opened. Some people tried to join the race later and couldn't activate their chips and some just decided to go home. When we complained, we were told that you had to be on time which was a bit much as you'd think 35 mins would be ample time to go to the loo and line up at a small race.
Neither race start was announced until the runners actually set off and there was no clock.
Also, no km or mile markers as promised and I'd left my running watch at home so any chance of doing splits was out the window!
Terrible organisation. Would it really take a lot to put in three more toilets and some km markers?
In short: well done mablethorpe marathon organisers In full: I do one different marathon each year and the organisation of this marathon compared with that at last year's Blackpool marathon was far far superior. This much smaller seaside resort demonstrated great community spirit in promoting and taking ownership of this marathon, which when all is said and done is one of Britain's smaller marathon events. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a weekend away with the family and to run a well-organised marathon. I agree with the comments about having to dodge oblivious holiday makers and not being sure where to go next on the prom - whilst on the verge of exhaustion - and would prefer not to have to run past the finish half a mile before coming back to it to cross the finish line. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: good event, wind made for tough running at times In full: just on gripe. the marshall directing us near the finish on the prom was on her mobile facing away from me and as there was no one in view in front of me i was unsure where to turn - you don't need that near the end of a race! Please marshalls look to where the runners are coming from! Apart from that though great family event - the kids loved the playground! thanks Date of review: September 16, 2007