Which is the fastest course?
I have run the blackpool marathon twice and many half marathons which cover the same ground. The course is flat with only a few slopes between the coast path and the park between Bispham and Blackpool. However, running in Blackpool is like links golf. If it is calm you will have a great PB chance. If it is windy then you will be happy to get round.
It is often windy in blackpool
As above but the same can be said for liverpool in places I've done both but blackpool has changed part of the route since I did it. As a general rule I'd say blackpool is quicker but you run the risk of chuffing rubbish bad weather. You could always do both.
I have also done both, I would agree about Blackpool being potentially quicker. I would add however that I found running the same half marathon course twice very difficult mentally. The support was also a lot better at Liverpool, which definately helps towards the end.
The support in liverpool is special and not many marathons can match it.
The best blackpool marathon for me was when I was injured and cake ran it for me. I had a 99 and a ride on the donkeys........happy days!
It was good for me two mate.
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