In short: Great pb course In full: This is a super flat course, that is perfect if you are looking for a PB. It was a bit hot this year but has already been scheduled for October next year to avoid the heat. I found it friendly and am sure next year the water station issue will have been sorted, the organiser has already stated that he is aware of the problems and will resolve them for next year. May very well do the full marathon next year. Date of review: September 17, 2009
In short: a good firts time race good pb Potential In full: Ok lets look at this from a runners point of view. The cores was flat had 3 turns that where a bit sharp, the last one as you turned into the gardens for the final 385 yards. Was the worse as it was steep down hill 360 turn. There has been a lot said about the water stations, but that didn’t bother me as soon as I knew it was cups and not bottles I arranged my own water. I am lucky I can carry a bottle for miles, and sip it as I go. To many people tend to rely on the water stations to be able to cope, in my experience that is not the way it is in most races. I took three bottles with me, b4 the race I put then on the sand Junes at the 8mile 17 mile spot . It would have been nice to have a competitors drinks table to put your own drinks on . But hay this is a virgin race. Give the organisers a brake. I talked to two of them at the end of the race, and they are already planning for next year. And how they can improve things. We have to support the efforts of these guys, or the only marathons we will be doing will be big city marathons. With big prices and having to dodge Mickey mouse and Donald duck. So I for one will be doing it next year. And will get that elusive sub 3 hours Pete hutch
In short: PB potential but could do better In full: I travelled up from Gloucestershire to combine a family visit and to do this very flat half marathon course. Very pleased as knocked 3 mins off my half time but the organisation was pretty poor. Same as other comments in respect of water stations (or lack of them!) and it was a hot morning!I thought the organisers looked miserable and when I asked what time the presentation was I got grumbled at that it was on the leaflet sent to me! Although the marshalls gave some encouragement there was no support hardly at all along the course. This is not the organisers fault but the support on that course could have been great but the local support was crap (and lets admit it Fleetwood could do with a bit encouragement with bringing people in). Driving back I felt so sorry passing the marathon runners. Most were running alone and on a hot day like that with lack of water and no support from the public I bet it was hard work. I think with a bit more advertising and a few tweaks the races could be great. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: A half marathon around Fleetwood, flat course In full: I'm not sure what people mean by water shortages, I was one of the slower people in the half (2:19 finish) and got water at 3/7/10, there was no missing station and I must have been near the back.
My major gripe could be said about many races but really gets me up about the water. Firstly the stations were not at 3/7/10, they were a good third of a mile beyond the markers - I wouldn't complain if they were 50yds but when you get to 10 miles and there is no sign of a water station you begin to worry. I'm happy to have water at 3.4 miles, etc. so why not say that before the race?
The water was in cups (which I don't care for but not really an issue) and they were stingy with it. When you can see they have a dustbin full of water it wouldn't kill them to fill the cups to the brim would it?
I guess there was good PB potential but I found it rather tedious in such a small field (often running alone) but nice views along the sea front. There was one small hill at the beginning but nothing major and pancake flat for the remainder. I do find the concrete along sea fronts a little hard going though.
The goody bag contained a deoderant sample, an ASDA brand mini Mars bar and a pair of white socks. Not quite sure what the socks were for, I guess to change into. They looked like cheap white socks and not running ones so I hope they didn't pay anything for them.
The medal (as usual with the race organisers) was nice and custom made but only advertised the "Wyre Running Weekend" so you would have got the same thing whether you did the 10, Half or Full. There was also a bottle of water. The t-shirt was pretty good with no advertisements but again everyone got the same.
It was a small field so the race HQ was excellent, many tables and chairs to sit at, a cafe open and ample toilets. If more people had turned up the toilets would not have been enough (I assume the organisers would have arranged extra).
A good first attempt at a race, a decent course for the half with minimal repetition. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Flat fast but price a little steep. In full: See Wyre Running Full Marathon review as well - issue with first water station. Course OK scenic in places, perfect day. Efficient marshalls but very few were encouraging. A few groups of the public clapped which was nice. Medal was a good one but for the price I would have expected either a technical T or reasonable socks instead normal T and a pair of I'll say standard white socks but that might be insulting standard white socks. A little improvement and this will prove itself to be a very popular running event. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Nice people, Nice place...... A few changes needed for next year In full: I ran the half marathon this time. The venue and organisation were good, friendly crowd and nice route. Nice Medal & TeeShirt. BUT only one water station (small half CUP of water) in the first 10.5 miles. It was a hot day and we had to stop to buy a bottle of water at the seaside kiosk !! If they get the water situation sorted this will be a good race for the future. I feel sorry for the marathon guys who must have been desperate for drinks.Could have had very bad consequences.
In short: hot on the fylde In full: Teething problems but they will be sorted out for next year im sure.I only did the half but found enough water at the stations,plenty first aid and stewards about. Thanks for all the hard work that went on to put this event on. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: health & safety conserns In full: while the race itself was a fine low key event, well marshalled if a little expensive.
The big problem was the water stations or should that be lack of them! they advertised them at 3/6/9/11, which is in accordance with ARC & UKA rules. the reality was one at 7m and one at 10! the 3m they had no cups and don't seem to have planned for the mandatory 4th one. This is not acceptable and shows a complete lack of concern for runners wealthfare, what makes this matter worse was that some runners were doing a full marathon, plus it was a warm sunny day.
YOU NEVER START A RACE WITHOUT CHECKING SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE, people could quite easily end up in hospital!
I'm reporting the race to ARC the permit providers. Date of review: September 13, 2009