In short: Rediculous!! In full: It was totally rediculous! From the beginning the welcome was extra-ordinary. I really comfortable and welcomed. Compared to last week when I ran the Dumfries and Galloway 10k, where it was very insular and clique.
Then I arrived with my family to the Pasta party on Saturday, and WOW, what a great welcome again. The Major of Mablethopre greeted us and we were shown to the pasta bar to get some 'fuel'. The raffle draw went on for ages with loads of prizes donated by the local businesses.
The route was well supported with both marshalls and public. Followed by the most generous goodie bag I have ever seen i.e. tee shirt, medal AND a great glass trophy.
The whole package was by far worth more than I paid to enter the event.
In short: The Flat One!!! In full: This is the flattest marathon course you could ever hope for. Pretty route with some lovely running roads, excellent support. Recommended to anyone. (And to think some people choose to run around a city instead.) My first time here and it is my new favorite. Bit windy today though. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Good Race In full: I thought it was better organised last year, there was no mention in our packs on start times, and no phone numbers to call. I also thought the water points were better last year. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Well put together event that the whole town seems to get behind. In full: I entered this Marathon on the advice of Martin and Jayne at UKnetrunner – thanks guys this was the friendly, flat (or at least not hilly) event you described. The whole of the Mablethorpe area seems to get involved in this festival of running (as well as the Marathon a 10K and a Half also are run). On Saturday night the runners were invited to a Pasta Party where we were all greeted by the local Mayors. The B&B I used was full of runners and the owners were really helpful in making sure that if you wanted something particular for breakfast they would get it in – they even had breakfast ready for us at 6.30.
The organisation on the day was pretty good. There seemed to be plenty of parking and there were refreshments available if you needed them. The queues at the few portaloos looked daunting (as it turned out they were also unnecessary as the sports pavilion had loads of toilets (and great showers for after the race).
Each of the events had its own start time which I think makes for a less confusing run. Ours had a false start as the race official forget to get in the lead car. Anyway after a swift chip reset we were off. My primary goal was to get home in under 4 hours. My only previous marathon was in Nottingham last year which I finished in 4:01:56. I have come to hate that 01:56. I have been following a 3:30 training plan but have found it really tough and had decided that I would aim for 3:45:00. The plan was to get to 20 miles in 2:40 – to see how I felt and to either keep going at 8 minute mile pace or to jog home at what ever pace I could muster. This past week has not been good for me. I have felt really rotten, bad throat, feeling hot and a really busy time at work. Not ideal preparation but come 9.30 this morning I felt OK. I set off too fast and got to 5m in 37:51, 10m in 01:15:35 (which is a PB) and 13m in 01:40.23 (just outside my half PB). The whole of the first half seemed to be against a very hard head wind and whilst the course is not hilly there are certainly a lot of climbs that make you work hard. At 16 I hit the wall in a big way, if it had not been for the encouragement of other runners I am not sure that I would have got through and the four miles to 20 felt really horrible. To my amazement I got to 20m in 2:40:36 – bang on plan and I am still not sure how. Although my head had cleared I knew that I did not have much left and effectively jogged back in 1:02:23. The last couple of miles caused me more grief and again I had to rely on the encouragement of a couple of runners to stop me from slowing to a walk. The final mile has a cruel twist. You come of the seafront a run towards the sports centre and you can see and hear the finish. Just when you think you are there you go past the entrance for another half and have to loop back to another entrance. I found this almost too much but just when I had resorted to loudly cursing the organisers the finish came in to site and I was home in 3:42:59 knocking 19 minutes of my PB.
I should mention that there was good support in the town and along the promenade and in the villages there were quite a few people giving encouragement. There were plenty of water stations (many with portaloos) and I thought the marshals were helpful and encouraging.
The goody bag included a nice laser etched running figure, a medal and some jelly babies and we also got a t-shirt
In short: has real potential to be a great race for this time of year (half marathon) In full: really enjoyed the race, good fast flat course, well placed water stations, marshalls good. Only gripe is the last section on the seafront, it could be a great way to finish a race if the sea front finishing 2 miles were taped off in some way or marshalled better for runners, members of the public seemed oblivious to the fact a big race was "in town". I think it would make a big difference, oh and thanks to the large group of folk eating lunch outside the big hotel/home? on the seafront great support from you!. I Also felt the finishing area needs some work, it was all crammed into a small area. I really felt for the marathon runners, they saw the finish line only to be forced out and around the housing estate again, really cruel!...... Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Few minor niggles in an otherwise great race In full: This is for the half-marathon.
Great carparking, and standard of goodie bag (medal, tshirt and paperweight thing) high, but a few minor niggles, that could do with tweaking.
1 - start times not on offical website, nor in race pack, the only place we could find them was on RW 2 - loos - massive queues for loos meant we missed the offical start to our race, and we weren't the only ones. Please can we have more next year 3 - marshalling, on the whole it was excellent, but not very clear as you came off the promenade - more people (or better positioning of them) next year please 4 - lack of signage to warn car drivers - some of the car drivers seemed to not be aware a race was going on.
I'd do this race again, and its definitely a PB course, but just needs a few tweaks. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Running by the sea-beautiful In full: This was my first ever race so this will be the benchmark for the future. The organisation was good with the race pack arriving in good time.On the day it was well marshalled and friendly. The only negative was the small number of toilets (long queue before the race). The T-shirt, medals and glass keepsake were of the highest order. On my list for next year. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Fantastic race - will definitely do again! In full: Brilliant effort by Dave and his team. Everyone was friendly in Mablethorpe and surrounding villages; superb atmosphere, it felt really special. I echo what others have said about start time for marathon (I did the half, but felt really sorry for marathon runners starting off when the day was even hotter). However, this shouldn't detract from what was an excellent debut event. May it be the first of many! Date of review: September 12, 2006