In short: Blackpool Marathon made me smile all the way! In full: At £32.00 Blackpool Marathon is one of the most reasonably priced marathons out there. This year there were only 384 runners, so the field was small, but at the start, the marathon runners line up with the half marathon runners (1000) and we all go off together. No problems at the start, off we all go. Support was minimal and most people walking around Blacpool didn't even notice us! Drinks (water) every three miles which was good. Blackpool scenery makes the route good fun, and there is always something to look at! The course is a two lap affair. Nice medal and usual goody bag with water and a couple of snacks at the finish. Chip times were a nice touch and results were online same day. Thanks to Fylde Coast Runners for a great first marathon. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Sadly it's in Blackpool In full: Didn't experience any of the issues at the start. I was near the front so maybe things were clearer. Well marshalled and good water stops. Could have done with more first aid people. I did see a couple cycling with the runners but what's the point as most people will miss you. They could certainly use one or two toilets (feel sorry for any women) but not sure the locals noticed blokes up against walls as it's what all the drunks were doing the night before. The atmosphere on the course was terrible. Almost zero support and some very unfriendly groups of stag and hen dos. Any other town would have used this as a big event and made something of it. I thought Blackpool might make a big show of it but no. This is not a criticism of the race organisers just the town. Was sorry to read the review by Hayley. Can't imagine how unpleasant it must have been to be running at that time when most the runners had crossed the finish. The disregard from the public was bad enough when there was a whole field of us. I would do it again if only it wasn't in Blackpool - worse town in Britain? Date of review: April 10, 2013
In short: First marathon let down In full: This was my first marathon both the full and the half started together and half way through the half split up. I completed in 5:30 I struggled to find the football club all the marshalls on route had left. There were no toliets for this event. Wish I had just done the half. Date of review: April 10, 2013
In short: Well organised friendly event In full: My 5th marathon and a pb by 20 minutes (3.35). There was some confusion at the start however when it got going I can't really fault anything. Water stations were where they needed to be and the general atmosphere was good. Blackpool is what it is, you love it or hate it. Me and my family had a great weekend and the run topped it off. Can't wait for next year Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Cheap, cheerful and fun. Provided the weather is nice/ok. Much like any visit to Blackpool! In full: Reading the other reviews I can empathise with some of the points. I think some simple signposting to the public conveniences would have sufficed and the route could have easily been slighted altered to bring you even closer to them.
The start was indeed a shambles and turning out of the stadium made it very difficult to make a quick getaway, losing some valuable seconds.
However, the organisation was generally good and the entry fee was cheap. Parking plentiful and accommodation (as expected)too (though varying quality). An energy drink at the end would have been nice but it wasn't the end of the world! Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Fast race with G4S marshalls! In full: The start was a joke. They counted down 3-2-1 go, we all walked forward getting ready to run, then we all stopped?! Then we all had to go backwards. Then they played loud music, and everyone was looking around thinking wth is going on?! They must have realised that they didn't have the police all clear to run on the promenade, as they said "we're just waiting for police clearance"...ok....All a bit shambolic! The course itself was as expected, flat, along the seafront, passing the pleasure beach, tower and out to cleveleys and back. I dont race to look at the course, so no gripes there and I actually found it entertaining as there was a lot of music, sounds, lights etc from the various attractions. I was planning what I would get up to if I came back for the weekend! The marshalls were apparently contracted from G4S, and basically ignored all runners and were few and far between. There were times on the second lap (full marathon) that you thought you were just on a long run as it was quite sparse of runners, and of course the lack of marshalls didnt help. The crowd was good on the day as the weather was mild and a lot of people were out on the seafront. I didnt see any drunks and it was mainly families. We were lucky with the weather. I think I'd do it again, but you get what you pay more and its worth doing if you want a good time. Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: A cheap, no frills, well organised marathon, with excellent PB potential In full: Re other comments I guess you get what you pay for!? Yes it would be nice to have toilet facilities dotted about the course, gels and energy drinks to hand out, but that would have put the price up. That said it is surprising that a marathon does not have any toilet facilities at all on the course (I could see some runners taking desparate action by the prom wall during the race, which isn't great to see), nor any energy drink at the finish - surely more sensible than water!? Some of the marshals were total miseries (presumably employed by a private company and non runners who portrayed the air of not giving a hoot!!) and I was actually sent around the wrong set of cones (no apology provided!) Date of review: April 9, 2013