Gaz - I'll be heading to Whelans after the race, the fish & chips there are worth the visit to Lytham alone!
ron are you the same guy who used to organize the leyland great north west half marathon as far back as 1997 ? if so can you confirm if course was accurate ran 74.11 that year and 75.52 in 1998 have entered the windmill half though wont run anything like these times made a comeback to running last year after 8 years out and getting fat hope to be in decent form by september - october this year thanks william.
William yes he is he puts a load of races on over that way
thanks compo ran leyland in 97 and heard an unconfirmed rumour that course was short that year either way one of the above times a long standing pb may never get near these times again ..
i use to run most of the Flyde coast races but changed to West and South Yorkshire races with the hills as i love hill running more then flat races now
I wouldn't ask William...
Leyland 1/2 M GNW was measured accurate by Harry Smith IAAF grade 1 measurer. This was a good course run on a similar route to the Leyland 10M event in which Richard Nerurkhar ran 46min + for ten miles prior to running several marathons artound the 2.08 mark. The event was moved to blackpool for safety reasons , the Leyland course could only take 300 runners, moving to Blackpool increased the field to over 1400
thanks very much ron leyland half was a great race ran 97 race as part of build to london marathon that year and just managed to outsprint anne buckely for my 74.11 .looking forward to the windmill half this sunday hope the weather is kind.
Early advance forecast looking quite favourable for Sunday, mainly dry and bright, 14/15 degrees and not much wind....for once I'd really like that to be accurate!
If that was offered to me I'd take it.
ha ha, join the club 7D! Did the Carnival 5k on St Annes Prom on Sunday and it was very humid, 19/20C had never felt so sticky, could do without a repeat of that.
andrew could you recomend a b and b or hotel in lytham reasonably priced if possible we would need a family room we 2 young boys and a baby daughter and thinking of staying saturday and sunday night thanks william.
William, most of the Hotels in Lytham itself are pretty pricy at the best of times, but with qualifying for the Open starting on Sunday, prices I suspect will sky rocket.
In St Annes, popular hotels that often do family deals include the Dalmeny and the Parkwater, I have a mate who comes over from Bury who swears by the latter, been staying there for years for weekend breaks. Both are only 10-15 minutes walk from Fairhaven Lake along the prom. There's also a brand new Travelodge in St Annes Town Centre which has only been open a couple of months, might be worth trying there.
I do suspect you may be hit by the effect of the golf though, on both availability and price.
Alternatively - stay in Preston and take the train on the morning of the race.
7D, have a heart, the man has a young family, you'll scar them for life.
Try the travel lodge at Bloomfield Road adjacent to the football club, £29 per room (3 miles from Fairhaven Lake, or BFC Hotel the football clubs brand new hotel good rates, There are seven travel lodges in the Blackpool area which are much cheaper than St annes area.
thanks guys will try the travel lodge or the bfc hotel.
wife has booked us st ives hotel in lytham really looking forward to race and 2 night mini break .going for a massage later today ran moffat 15k on tuesday night tough race in terrible conditions so quads need sorting out .
William - lucky you - that's one of the nicer hotels on St Annes Prom by all accounts and is only 10 minutes stroll from Fairhaven Lake.
Forecast still good in that it's dry and bright (and cool), but fresh W'ly winds are forecast which basically means half of each lap is into a headwind .
Did my last training run last night and it felt really good (7 miles on the beach, unshod), swim today and tomorrow then fingers crossed for a good trot on Sunday.
Good luck everyone
I'll be there from Saturday afternoon onwards, I've got a course map printed and I'll be doing a slow jogging recce of the course around tea time.
Good luck all!
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