In short: Superbly organized marathon which becomes a beaming smile factiory! In full: Returning this year after having a brilliant time in 2015 this year's race managed to exceed the pre-race hype yet again. Every detail is thought through to make the runner's experience as hassle free as possible. All facilities are just yards away - toilets, cafe, showers, car parking. Being a 21 lap course you get loads of everything - 42 potential loo stops, 21 drink stations (42 if you bring your own too), lots of enthusiastic support in each and every mile, lots of official race photos (which are all free), oodles of camaraderie from the other 400+ runners on course plus relentless encouragement from Matt Lane running the course in reverse to act as an 'early warning system' for any runners needing assistance. The event is run in an atmosphere that is designed to create lasting memories and it certainly manages to do that. At the same time though it is still a potentially very quick course, undulating but because of the sweeping corners and wide smooth tarmac it is a course that allows an uninterrupted rhythm to be maintained. If Carlsberg did Race Directors, Ian J Berry and Sandra Bowers would be a decent brew :) Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A proper marathon In full: There was nothing to complain about.
A lot of the negatives seen so far are more to do with unrealistic expectations of new/recently started runners. Eg a) Toilets en route - when did that become a race requirement? Over the years I can never remember needing a loo mid race, if you have to then improvise. What do you do on training runs? b)T-shirts/Medals - If that is what you're going to Blackpool for then there are plenty tat shops on the front where you can pick up such things to your exact requirements. You dont need to enter a race to get them. c)Water in cups - how is that a negative? d)Lack of atmosphere - Jeez, what were you expecting? Do you want the orgaisers to lay on a 6 deep crowd all along the course for you?
Accurate, fast course with reliable marshalls, timekeepers and organisers. HQ facilities spot on with well organised baggage, sports massage and toilets. Thats 100% in my book. Date of review: April 13, 2010