In short: PB potential race In full: Mainly positives about this race and its organisation. Good course, friendly, reasonably well organised & good value. The toilet situation is off putting - not enough loos for number of runners. I summed up as PB potential course (weather permitting - ideal this year) - I got a PB - shame my position, thus time was incorrectly recorded. First time I've experienced this in a race, so it's 'taken the edge off' my experience! Date of review: September 11, 2014
In short: Fast, flat and very friendly In full: Only downside of the day was a massive queue for such few toilets. Other than that well organised. Perfectly flat, spot on measurement, friendly and well organised. Beautiful views across the bay too. Medal, banana and wagon wheel at the end Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Small Flat and Friendly Race In full: The course was very flat, and the conditions were perfect for running, so great PB potential (although I'm aware it can be very windy there sometimes). Race packet pick up was easy, and there was a nice friendly atmosphere at the event.
I was disappointed at the lack of chip timing. Although this wasn't advertised when I signed up there was chip timing last year, and the confirmation e-mail I received said that timing chips would be picked up on the day. So I was expecting chip timing, until the week before when I saw the race information which didn't mention timing chips at all. Luckily there was very little congestion at the start so this shouldn't have made a huge difference, but it was still annoying. The toilet situation was also pretty poor. There were 6 (I think) toilets for 500+ people and spectators. I started queueing an hour before the race and still wasn't near the front 40 minutes later. Ended up going in the leisure centre paying 20p (which I only found I could do late on).
Overall though I thought the race was good. I thought the route was nice, and there were no problems with the route not being a closed course, as the paths were mostly wide enough, and there were very few road crossings (all minor residential roads). There were a couple of sections with overgrown bushes meaning you had to run in the road, but this wasn't too major.
I'd like chip timing in the future, and a few portaloos and this would be a great event I think. Medal was ok, and you got a bottle of water, wagon wheel and a banana, which was quite good for such a cheap event. I'd enter again. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Wild In full: My first visit to Fleetwood but would return just for the race. Well worth the effort. Who needs hills when such windy conditions produce an exhilarating challenge? Thanks to the marshals who braved the rain and the organisers. I'm easily pleased but the Eccles cakes were a nice touch. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: small, friendly, informal race but very well organised In full: A small but very friendly and well organised race. The course is extremely flat and has an excellent potential for a PB. Race registration/information etc was in the local Leisure Centre which also provided parking, changing rooms, showers and toilets. They also accepted race registration on the day. It was a bit bracing running along the sea front and Mother Nature also waited for the exact second the organiser shouted “Go” to throw down some torrential rain. It hit us with some force horizontally straight off the sea but thankfully didn’t last long. Despite the weather I really enjoyed this race as we wound in an almost figure 8 pattern along the sea front. There wasn’t any chip timing just a time but it didn’t matter as the field was so small. There wasn’t a goody bag as such but there was a very welcome medal, bottled water, cup of coca cola, banana and a very nice Eccles cake at the finish. All the things you need rather than a bag full of leaflets! Definitely a race I’d recommend and consider doing again. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Everything that could be controlled went well... same about the weather! In full: Extremely well organised race, I knew exactly where I should have been etc. The course was well marked out with numerous friendly marshalls and police along the route. There were ambulance patrols on bikes and numerous helpers at the finish to ensure you received your medal, water, banana and optional eccles cake! I even recieved a well earned glass of Coca Cola later on.
I expected the route to be a pain with the roads not being closed but due to the marshalls and the police this wasn't a problem at all. Water stations were announced in advance so you could prepare for them and the helpers on these stations were more than helpful.
The only problem was the weather, hail at the start, torrential rain, showers from the sea and a truly horrendous in ya face wind!
Got my pb but could have done better if not for the wind but I think you take it into account on the coastal runs.
All the runners bonded over the weather and would def enter it again :-)