In short: mud glorious mud !! In full: to everyone involved-organisers,runners, marshalls,supporters etc etc thanks again for a great running event. really muddy today and despite that I ran my quickest time here so did ok. the showers were a little difficult to find but were cracking-makes such a difference. To close on a negative though-why do runners go in the pubs/bars after with their kit on and in todays case with legs and shoes caked in dirt and mud ?? Showers were provided so no excuse really and if you cant be bothered to shower at least put a change of clothes on to cover up. I heard several (justified) comments from non-running drinkers/diners about this. Come on guys/girls you dont need to enter the pub in this way for others to know you did the run-wear your medal, with pride. Hope this can be improved next year. CHEERS Date of review: July 13, 2012
In short: great race In full: first hill is very tough and was gasping a bit at the top but you can run up it, honest ! entered on the day and I thought the whole set up and organisation was excellent. bottled water en route and a very nice long sleeved top as a momento. will defo be back again and hopefully the weather will be kinder next year. thanks to ALL involved, including all the marshalls and the drinks stops helpers. great work, a great race to run in. cheers Date of review: June 18, 2012
In short: fantastic-excellent job In full: fantastic pre-race information and a great venue for a marathon. dont worry about the laps aspect, its great fun seeing other runners on their laps and waving at each other. its not spirit level flat and the incline did seem to get steeper on each lap, I wonder why ! great venue for spectators and runners alike with showers and lockers within 100 yards of the finish line and a good cafe to mingle in later. bearing in mind this was the first time the race had been held it was a brilliant effort by everyone involved, particularly the lad with the mike making announcements to the runners as we passed. highly recommended race and well worth the 350 mile round trip from the midlands. oh did I mention it-what a medal !! well done one and all, brilliant.
In short: a most enjoyable morning run In full: after getting slightly confused with the signs and the queues to collect my race number having entered in advance but after the cut off for posting my number, I sat and enjoyed the sun and the start of the fun run. I thought this race was well marshalled but I personally prefer a bottle to a half full plastic cup, especially in this heat. If this event could somehow put more of the route along the river that would be better in my view that running through housing estates. The post race facilities were very good with a shower within 200 yards of the finish line, that makes such a difference. Well done to the organisers today and a nice touch I thought was the junior members of your club helping at the end with drinks and mars bars etc-excellent stuff. Overall, a bargain event. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: poor pre and post race facilities In full: Hats off to all runners who completed this marathon in truly awful conditions-also even bigger thanks to all the volunteers and marshalls for staying out in that weather, I salute you all. Anyway, there were problems today which I thought were not totally due to the weather. The congestion in the stadium before the run was dangerous and very frustrating. I got there quite early and even then it was packed and a real problem to get a hot drink and a loo stop. Upon deciding to get out of the stadium it took ages and thanks to the non-running lady who hit me twice on my ankle with her pram with her screaming child in it, I needed that ! The route I thought was a bit drab and boring to be honest but the drink stops were good and well stocked/manned. The finish in the stadium was not the best was it really and a space blanket or similar would have made such a difference, little by way of reward really and led out the stadium like a herd of sheep. Now for me the problems started. The bag collection was not great but was not helped by selfish and ignorant runners thinking the attempts to form an orderly queue did not for some reason apply to them. When I got my bag I went back inside the stadium for a hot wash and a hot drink-not possible. I could only get one tap to work and the water was freezing so I went to get a hot drink and the queue was massive, very frustrating. At this stage my hands were blue and I was dithering. I made my way to the shuttle bus and went into the DW fitness centre on the car park and asked if I could grab a shower-I had my own towel and was told no problem, £10 !!! So, I walked out and got the shuttle bus back to the car. I then went to a local leisure centre and got a piping hot shower for free before heading home. I am getting sick and tired of poor/no post race facilities for us runners to be honest. My biggest gripe is that the race website and the handbook clearly said no parking at the stadium for runners-wrong. There were loads and loads parked at the stadium and at the asda so how did they manage that ? I had to pay for the shuttle, queue up to get in and then queue up to get out when these runners on the stadium car park were back at their cars within minutes and it took me almost one hour-not fair. The parking on the stadium was clearly available to runners so why say it wasn't-strange. In summary, the weather was awful today but this was not the sole reason I did not enjoy this marathon and I would not return here.
In short: some runners cannot read In full: everything today that the organisers could do to help the runners and this event run smoothly was done-top effort, well done. great hoody and goody bag with excellent post race facilities and superb marshalls all the way round the route. however, my day was spoilt to an extent by a minority of runners. it clearly explained in the handbook about putting cups/bottles and used gels in the bins provided so why did numerous entrants ignore this and litter the course ??? big bright yellow signs on the route to remind you and disrespectful selfish runners deemed it did not apply to them, as did the runner who had someone on his bike following her-again the handbook advised against this, I had to watch his every move at 18 mile point to overtake him. will defo enter this race again but all the selfish/ignorant runners who ignore simple instructions please stay away.
In short: could be improved In full: firstly-an ideal day in Blackpool and the weather was as good as you could expect. in the week preceeding the race I e-mailed the race organisers twice with questions that I could not find answers to on the race website and got no response which was a bit annoying. the race hq was pretty good although the bag storage took some finding and was not signposted so to speak. as with the half two weeks ago a bagpipe player was there which I dont really get, oh well. as previously stated if a race includes laps and wheelchair racers are accepted then there MUST BE A TOTAL MP3/MUSIC PLAYER BAN !!!!!!! personally, I would ban them in every race but I cant see this happening. I thought the marshalls were good and bottled water was ideal. the goody bag was ok but as with the half two weeks ago which I also ran I think the race organisers could up their game slightly so to speak. would return again for the marathon but a quite low turnout for the full I thought.
In short: anybody want these socks ?? LOL LOL In full: nice flat traffic-free run and the weather was kind too. the bagpipe player was not really my cup of tea to be honest and runners need to get to the start line from the back and not from the front which resulted in slow runners at the very front of the race-two nearly tripped me up. nice medal but goody bag very poor, the socks were rubbish to be totally honest. stayed overnight (the wilton) about 200 yards away and arranged a shower there after the run which made such a difference-great stuff. will do again but please improve the goody bag. PS the 1-30 pacer, how can you run that quick while carrying a stick and chatting !! amazing Date of review: February 27, 2012