In short: Very well organized and did a great job on a hot day. In full: This was my 9th marathon of 2011 and although all flat the forecast heat on the day meant it wa going to be a tough one and I don't do heat. I arrived at the start around 8.15am and the parking was 100 yrds from the finish (good after 26 miles) there was food and tea on sale, ample loo's and the timing chip was available inside the school, all well signposted. There was a DJ on, not sure the Mablethorpe folk would be impressed with "keep on running at 100 decibels at 8.30 am on a Sunday..." but good atmosphere.
I was hoping for a sub 5 hour time but the heat which I hate just drained the life out of me and after halfway I was tired and felt sick so decided to walk the 2nd half. What was impressive was that they had put out loads more water and extra stations, also they even bought in there own energy drinks as they did not have a drinks sponsor. They also had bowls of water to tip over your head to cool down.
I had the honor of been officially last it a dismal 5.51 but all the marshals stayed out till I went passed and was welcomed on the promenade by the town crier which was really embarrassing as the promenade was busy in the unseasonal autumn sunshine. At the finish got a great reception by the marshals which cheered me up in what was a hard day.
Also Mablethorpe does have a lot of retired folk bless em and they were all out in there deck chairs in the front gardens cheering everyone on.
Hats off to the organizers, job very well done and if anyone is thinking of it for 2012 its worth the trek out to the east coast.
In short: Flat course with PB potential In full: Some great elements to this race, with very supportive and friendly marshals, good, if at time sparse, local support, loads of water stations and a superb atmosphere at the start/finish. Only negatives were the weather (no-one would expect such heat in October and the race organisers can't control it!) and at tines there was a bit of congestion with cars on the course. Definitely worth doing though. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Excellent organisation and brilliant marshalls made the day! Will be back next time.. In full: This had the potential to be a nightmare first full marathon for me due to the unseasonal heat but the organisers had thought this whole thing out and provided extra water all the way round, the marshalls were brilliant, and the support from residents/holdaymakers really made the day.
No problems finding the venue, we arrived a bit late to park at the school but hubby was able to move the car once the runners had all set off.
I personally had a very positive experience and am hoping for a cooler day next year so I can slice at leat 30 minutes off my time! Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Easiest course you'll come across to chase a PB, marvellouse support from marshalls, locals and seasiders. In full: What a fabulous race. There were loads of marshalls out all over the course, and what struck me was that every single one of them ventured words of encouragement to me as I went past, right to the end. It really does make a difference. The locals and daytrippers were also really supportive, despite my increasingly neanderthal replies as the race reached melting point. Was extremely grateful for the copious amounts of bottled water, as I've ran a few marathons where you're handed just half a plastic cup of water every 3 miles, which just isn't enough for me - I must have downed around five litres yesterday all in all. This course is made for PB running. However, with any marathon you have to earn a fast time and my legs just wouldn't respond after the 20 mile mark. I'd like to blame it on the scorching conditions but that wouldn't be fair - my tailing off was due to insufficient training fair and square. Oh - and not to forget the guy with the mike at the finish line who made us all feel very special as we crossed the line, however bedraggled. If Carlsberg made PA announcers... Congratulations and thanks to all the organisers and helpers. We will be back next year a bit fitter and stronger hopefully. Date of review: October 3, 2011