great that the race is been held again in 2009 I think it will be a great race as it will be 3 years since I did the full one and I am so glad to been trying to run the whole way again hopefully it will be better weather then 2008
the course the little loop has been taken out so it starts at the hilton just goes all the way past the pleasure beach to squires gate back to bispham then round again for us full runners
for runners new to this event you will get numbers details etc 2 weeks before race day
it rained this year but I did the half I have 3 mararthons under my belt at blackpool 2004/5/6
there will be water if I can remember just past the pleasure beach then the start of the lower walk then bispham turn round then 1 mile or so before the hilton they will have other drinks aswell as well as the good jelly babys
Richard you will get a full cup of water
I would never do London to many in it Blackpool is the best and for anyone wanting to run mararthon later on in the year Ron and lewis are doing a full one at fleetwood in sept or oct 09 good thing there is it will start at the lesuire centre
I've just signed up for my first attempt at the marathon distance after failing in the ballot for FLM 2009. I started running in 2007 when I was travelling and completed half marathons in Hong Kong and Sydney then after various 10k races around Manchester this year I got my half best down to 1:26 at the Great North Run.
I'm hoping to achieve the 'good for age' standard for London in 2010 and read that Blackpool was a fast race, what do you think my chances are for under 3 hours on that course?
Interested to know about the course for the Great NW Half as well.
The great NW half is 2 laps fron the hilton to the north peir up to bispham and back again
you would have to be fast to get 3 hours in the full as it is tough and you have to face the lower walk twice which hurts on the feet second time I will be doing the full 4th time in 2009
This is my first attempt at a marathon, I too had signed up for the FLM09 but got rejected and straight away signed up for the Blackpool Marathon 09, just completed my first 10k i few weeks ago.
I'm also doing this one , barring injury , with the aim of a GFA time to get me in for London 2010.
Did the GNW Half this year and really enjoyed it.
you'll not regret your decision Jay, it's a great race, very well organised and the course is mostly flat and there is not too many other runners to get in your way.
Mahonjai, there were no pacers at the marathon last year and I don't think there have been for at least the previous two years
though you had given up on these debates but nice to see you back on hopefully this thread will talk about the good things of the race and one is I am doing Holmfirth 15 mile on sunday and aiming for a 1h40 finish it will be tough as it is 2 laps and not flat
Am also doing Holmfirth this Sunday , for the first time.Partly dreading it but will be happy with sub 1.40.
I think I was just behind you Michael at Fleetwood HM.I did 1.27 but died in the last 4 miles !
Holmfirth is a tough course but if you pace it right you should do it there is a steep bit so take it easy on this I am runner 1 in this race
yes I did 1h27 at fleetwood you might have seen me speaking to ron not keen on the lesuire centre changing rooms
there will be a mararthon at Fleetwood in 2009
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