In short: A reasonable seaside event In full: Parking was charged at £2 which was reasonable and was directly next to the start ( parking is expensive in Blackpool! ) The event was what it was ,that is, up on a pathway and down on the lower promenade. I clocked the distance as being spot on. Marshalls were encouraging and all-in-all the event is one which is worth supporting. A nice medal , but this is expected from this group! Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Excellent course for the average runner In full: Directions to the event good Parking good ( getting out very slow) The route around Derby was excellent Good support and encouraging marshalls Finish good ( Reading standard) T-shirt good but cannot understand why medium and small sizes were not available !!! ) Shame that no medal existed for a good event Goody bag rubbish - why bother - the bag probobly cost more than the contents ( loads of bumff , one sweetie and a bracelet advertising a fitness club? ) If the above criticisms were address I would give the event a wholehearted endorsement Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: This race is made for first timers! In full: Excellent event.Easy parking next to the start, a traffic free route, good marshalling , as flat as you get roads,free transport back to the start in a luxury coach and albeit cotton< a well designed t-shirt. A bargain at the price.
In short: excellent!excellent!excellent! In full: brilliant event!Best t-shirt of the year!excellent medal!a more than generous goodie bag. Anyone organising a running event should consider The Mad Dog as a role model. Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: a good winter race In full: The blustery wind was a moderating factor on times.Thank goodness no rain. The track on the outward part of the course was filled with water holes which pushed runners onto the muddy verges.This was not surprising considering the previous weeks inclement weather!This event deserves to be well supported. Date of review: January 28, 2013
In short: a good winter race In full: Timing chips would be nice as those at the rear of the starters automatically had over a minute added to their real times . The finish line was a little obscure and robbed me of my finishing burst ( ha!ha! ) - I am still not sure where the exact finish was except I was marshalled into a corridor formed of metal barriers and awarded a rather nice medal. Perhaps another water station so a 5,10,15 split was achieved.
No serious complaints overall except that prizes were distributed prior to my finish. I realise that at my age I will never feature along with the elite but all seemed a bit rushed?
In short: a good winter race In full: A very crowded start and lines at the end to collect t-shirts.Excellent marshalls throughout. A very well organised event , just the job for this time of the year! Lovely running weather - more please next year. Date of review: December 17, 2012
In short: A shambles at the end In full: Why oh why do folk who are going to walk enter the 55 minute start pens. Within the first kilometre runners were dodging these folk causing chaos. On complaining on completion ( after 10 minutes waiting in the cold!) about the lack of t-shirts I was informed that this was due to some competitors taking two - this beggars belief!!!!! However the race was advertised as having 8000 competitors and according to the results 7379 completed , where did the rest go ???? Whilst some runners may? have taken more than their allocated number , the discrepancy leads to other conclusions? As a previous correspondent states , a medal would be more welcome or as well as. The finishing area definately requires a coat of looking at prior to next year.Many other large participant races have got this aspect cracked. Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: Not a race for a PB but excellent for a training run In full: As usual excellent organisation Tougher than a normal half marathon due to the constraints and conditions as previously stated by reviewers The mud did not help but it twas the same for everyone Runners two abreast early on with no regard to those wishing to pass were a nuisance. Perhaps in future a recommendation to run "indian file " would not go amiss. This event is well worth a visit! Date of review: November 12, 2012