Blackpool marathon 2013

What's it like?

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28/09/2012 at 08:31
After receiving the VLM ELVIS mag I have started looking for alternative spring marathons to try to run sub 3hr but at least GFA for London 2014

White peak is an obvious one - I have something to prove after a disaster from 21miles, should be able to be around 3-3hr 5min and it is cheap at under ??20 but it is trail and NOT FLAT AT ALL.

So looking at flatter marathons. Edinburgh & Manchester ??50 nearly and Windermere not flat. Blackpool is flat and fast but what is other people's experiences?

Was it well organised? How windy? Yes I know it's the west coast. Looking at previous years results and normally won in 2hr 40ish but is that just the level of athlete or affected by conditions?
Edited: 28/09/2012 at 08:35
28/09/2012 at 08:43



new venue for 2013, Blackpool FC Stadium with grand finish inside, slightly different route to previous years, flay, sometimes a little breezy but new HQ will be superb, parking for 5000 cars, 200 toilets on site, chamging showers, home or away chamging rooms, video screens of finish etc, etc, etc, enter early for discount (no levy fee to pay on this entry site. Course record 2.26.43, average race winning time around 2.35.00

28/09/2012 at 11:35

I like the idea of this as my second marathon - having spent many happy days as a kid in Blackpool, Lytham, St. Annes etc. It's well timed for me too, as I'm doing my first marathon in October.

But having to finish inside Blackpool's football stadium would not be classed as a 'grand finish' as far as I'm concerned.  As a PNEFC supporter, it would bring all the discomfort of entering enemy territory .

28/09/2012 at 11:59

I got my first sub-3 at Blackpool and have run it twice. Any race on Blackpool prom is at the mercy of the wind but if the weather's OK (and it was the two times I did it) it should be a fast course.

Given the timing of the race I suspect that a lot of quicker runners prefer to take advantage of a GFA entry to London or run Blackpoool as preparation for London.

28/09/2012 at 12:40

With my Dad being Blackpool born and bred and me being a lifelong BFC fan I decided to give the Blackpool marathon a go this year. On the whole, a very well organised flat marathon on traffic free roads.

I hadn't intended to run it again (nor do a spring marathon), but the thought of finishing in my beloved Bloomfield Road....!!!

29/09/2012 at 19:51

It is mainly flat. Never done the full here but have done a couple of halves.The climbs are mild and short just from the lower and middle walks of the prom to the road and visa versa. If you can try the Great North West half at the end of February that will give you a very good idea of the course as some of it will be the same.

Hope this helps.

30/09/2012 at 09:36

The "climbs" are nothing - as Andy D says it is the wind which coud make the course challenging - a strong headwind along the prom could make it like going up the Llanberis Pass in the Snowdonia!

30/09/2012 at 10:04
I'm from sheffield. If its not a 2mile 1 in 4 climb its not a hill. Don't think I have ever seen anything like that in the Blackpool area.

It's not the hills it's the wind mainly. Ultimate objective would be getting at least the GFA time but will be aiming sub 3hr
30/09/2012 at 10:28

runningowl - I live near Betws-y-Coed and virtually all my running is done in the hills - I don't normally do flat marathons! If it is sub 3 you are after I'd say a race like Abingdon would be your best bet - not just is it pancake flat, but there are a lot of people running sub 3h there - easier to run with fellow runners going for sub 3!? After about mile 10,in this years Blackpool marathon I ran the rest of the race on my own

11/11/2012 at 20:20

All sounds very positive. I was considering the Rome Marathon as a spring event, but after reading this thread I will probably opt for something a little closer to home. Blackpool is only 50 miles up the M6 for me.

Good luck with the sub 3hr targets, personally I would aim for around 3.15 - 3.30 hrs. 

11/11/2012 at 20:30

did the marathon in 2005    it was not windy   but red hot and i ended up sunburnt

12/11/2012 at 09:07

The joys of the British weather!? Early April next year I would be very surprised to pick up a tan during the Blackpool marathon.

sk4 - I'm sure that your bank balance would much prefer the Blackpool marathon, which I'd described as a "no frills" event which, pretty much, does whar it says on the tin!!

12/11/2012 at 19:00

whats the route now   thinking about doing it    and where is nearest travelodge

12/11/2012 at 20:11

John Bach


Your right the Blackpool Marathon is run for all standards with "No Frills" but please watch this space with the new exciting venue with just about every top class facility available including the football clubs own 4* hotel overlooking the ground (72 rooms @£79.00 B&B pr, early booking recommended, filling fast and a Travel Lodge £29pr across the road), slightly better course than in previous years and maybe a few frills. Hopefully there will be the biggest ever event (3800 best to date)


Michael, the Travel Lodge opposite the football club is new, there are also Travel Lodges at the end of the M55 extention, Yeadon Way, in town at the North Pier both walking distance from the venue.


Good luck Ron

Edited: 12/11/2012 at 20:11
13/11/2012 at 09:14

Thanks RR, although, in my opinion, you cannot get a bigger frill (or should that be thrill!?) to finish a marathon in Bloomfield Road stadium!! Apart from, of course, starting/finishing the race at Bloomfield Road, I really cannot see how the course could be improved - even though 2 laps I never thought that there was a dull moment and the fact that the a significant proportion of the race was on closed roads, what more could you want from a marathon (although last year's weather would be nice!?)

13/11/2012 at 09:19

Thanks JB. The whole of the route will be closed from traffic for the duration of the races. We are trying to tweek the rote slightly (still two laps for the full marathon, second one may be slightly shorter than the first)



13/11/2012 at 19:30

coming for a day at Blackpool on Monday   but use the train now   and will be of in Harry Ramsdens for fish and chips    last went to Blackpool the same way back in May and was impressed with how it has been improved


whats the date of this race

13/11/2012 at 20:09
8th April 2013. 5week before sheffield half. Wasn't going to do sheffield half but seeing as it could be last time the current course is used I might have to.
13/11/2012 at 20:42



Sunday 7th April 2013

14/11/2012 at 10:17

compo 1 - I was really impressed at how nice the Blackpool prom looked - Blackpool CC seem to have spent quite a bit of money tarting it up, although I understand that it has been to the detriment of the traffic congestion!

The race is two weeks before the London Marathon and it sounds as if a few from North Wales will be doing the half as a last outing before vlm

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