In short: Third time I've done this and love the run -great marshalling -thanks. In full: If you like Lytham St Annes and the coast then this is a lovely run, made better by having good weather. Some people find it a bit boring but I find it thoroughly enjoyable. The marshalling along the course was superb with everyone full of encouragement -many thanks. Yes, toilets are very limited and one or two more might be good -there are some in the town, Due to only one water stop I always carry something with me but putting the info on entry forms e.g."water stop at 5 miles" and a reference to limited toiletting might be useful. This won't put me off as I always enjoy the run. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: More work to do In full: I believe this race has been going for sometime, however there is a lot of work for the organisers to do.
To begin with the race HQ is a ten minute walk from the start and toilets are limited. Moving the race HQ to say a tent by the start (There is plenty of room for it, in that car park) and investing in some portable toilets for the day is something I would do.
At the beginning of the race we had to run around the car part twice, which for those the front and back must have been a nightmare. Surely they could find an extra street or two to take the runners down to meet the 10 mile distance.
Two drink stations or one which you pass twice would certainly be a big help to those tackling this distance for the first time, after all ten miles is a long way to go with only one station.
Finally the goody bag, a couple of chocolate bars is not want runners are looking for after parting with Â£9.
The race itself is extremely well marshalled and plenty of locals come out and give there support, so you cannot fault that. The course is flat and has PB written all over it and those first timers, moving up from a 10k, this is an excellent step on the way to a Half Marathon.
Effectively this is race to the St Anneâ€™s windmill and back and it is a welcomed sight on the horizon as you approach it, especially once you figured out that the drinks station was also positioned at the windmill as well. Thinking about it, the windmill was probably the only point of interest on the course. Although we did pass the Sport Relief mile organisers setting up for their run and with the local radio station in full swing it was reminiscent of the Great North run boost zone, perhaps this is something the organisers could look to incorporate into the race next year. One final plus point in the races favour is that the course bends and winds around enough walk ways and streets to keep you interested and there is plenty of room for overtaking.
I would do this race again, but I would like to see some changes made to organisation, but not to those marshals as they were excellent bring them back year on year.
In short: Great Race In full: A good race. It was a well organised, bracing run along the sea front and round the boating lake. 5 miles out and 5 miles back. Needed to dodge pedestrians, dogs, kids on bikes etc along the promenade, but many were extremely supportive, and for me, that really helped. The presentation of prizes at the end was great fun and the hot pie was a treat. Dave Waywell is an absolute star. He and his team of helpers deserve praise for their fantastic efforts. Well done all! Date of review: March 21, 2010