In short: Magic Mabo Does It Again! In full: 2nd Year, 2nd 10k another PB. I agree with some that the entry fees are a little steep but come on, a memento like the one received this year, I can forgive them! How many races do you know give away one of those crystal ornament things with the image of a runner breaking the finishing tape inside it?
The race itself was fairly uneventful for me, traking it at s steady pace, once the first 3k or so through the residential streets had passed, was like a training run. On own, trouble catching those infront but just sufficient to keep ahead. The beauty of the 10k course is that once on the promenade, it's out and back. The serious runners coming back were just concentrating on their run, and who can really blame them! I was in the other cagtwegory, if I saw someone struggling slightly and looking depressed at yet another runner going back, just shouted to them to keep going and that the turnaround, a real psychological point, was not far away. The problem with the markers has not seemed to be solved, although this year, aswell as colour coded arrows for the races, distances had been painted on the road in each races colour to aid. But who really looks down unless you are tired or crawling on the road?
The pasta Party the night before was a letdown really. It had been moved to a 'larger venue' but still couldn't get everyone in and they run out of food. This could have been because they did not bank on runners, who like me had made a weekend of it since it is a seaside resort, brought the rest of the family along (unlike me) and fed them too! An idea of numbers for 2008 might be a good idea. A well organised race that deserves entering at least once. I have been bitten now, and while they organise races in Mablethorpe, I will be there. Half Marathon in 2008 for me! I HOPE!! Date of review: January 19, 2008
In short: Nice event - but expensive for an ordinary road marathon. In full: False start for the mrathon ! Marshals were friendy and supportive. Last few miles along the sea front were not too clear - a lot of people about - not many marshals.Reduce the goody bag,keep the Xtra Large and Large t/shirts, and just give one momento - and reduce the entry fee.
In short: Great In full: Thank you to all concerned with this event.To have a charity event with 3 different races means a club like us (Bearbrook joggers) could have a weekend away and all get involved.we had no problems with toilets, mile markers ,marshalls or anything else and the final 3 miles of the marathon for me was so well supported i thought i was the winner finishing.Once again thank you all at the Mablethorpe Event. Date of review: September 25, 2007
In short: Very friendly marshalls - nice organisation In full: Few points - charity event - but £25 steep for an ordinary raod maathon. Mile markers - need to be clearer Route - quiet country roads - no support, just like my training runs. T/shirts - why these sizes ? How many marathon runners are Large or Extra large ? Marshalls very friendly - bit fraught near the end at the Pullover - it was not all clear where we had to go. Great effort by the organisers to get this event going - wee done.
In short: Magic Mara In full: This event just gets better and its only in its 2nd year, I'll be back next year I just wish the extra bit at the end around the houses would be altered as its really hard after 26miles to go past the finish line but other than that this is ideal for those thinking of doing their 1st road mara
well done Mablethorpe Date of review: September 21, 2007
In short: I'm aware that some runners had problems but for me it was just an excellent day out. I'll be back! In full: Two or three extra portaloos near the start area would have been useful but I thought the loos near the water stations, of which there were plenty, were a nice idea. The support from the crowds and the marshals was very good and in places it was so good it brought a lump to my throat (I could have done with those people at mile 18 or so!) I agree with other reviewers that the mile markers could do to be a bit more visible, they do serve an important function and I found it easy to miss some. It would be nice if the marathon route could be adjusted so that it wasn't necessary to go around the houses to get to the finish line. I know it doesn't look far on the map but after 26 miles it seemed endless. My thanks to the organisers, marshals, and all the many volunteers for making the day such a success. In particular I would like to say a special thank you to the young lady who, seeing me struggling, ran beside me for the last 100 meters giving me much needed encouragement. The glass paper weight was, in my opinion, imaginative - a great memento of a great day out. I look forward to returning next year.
In short: Fast, flat course - great pb potential In full: Enjoyable race. Reasonably well organised race - no major problems. The mile markers could have been clearer and marshalling could have been a little better. Also more toilets required. That aside though a good race and a good day out - with a few small tweaks will make a great race especially with the opportunity to run at a variety of distances (marathon, half marathon & 10k). Would reccommend and will definately run again in 2008. Date of review: September 20, 2007
In short: Well done again Mablethorpe! In full: Great day out. Weather was warm again though! Next year guys, only let ticket holders in for the Pasta Party! We gave up as it was overcrowded. I completely missed the mile markers on the floor - as a lot of people did. Also, the chicane at the end towards the finish line needs sorting out. The lead car nearly ran the winner of the half-marathon over. And ambulance access too needs to be addressed. However, I'm sure that the Mablethorpe gang will take this all on board and make next year better than ever.
Overall, a fantastic day out, great atmosphere, pretty run, well worth turning up for next year! Date of review: September 20, 2007