In short: A well organised, friendly marathon In full: Some things good some things need a bit of work - but mainly good. 1. The Expo - rubbish. A dreary hall with a few stalls selling end of range tat - why could we not just have our numbers and chips posted to us? 2. The Goody Bag/T Shirt - grey - so not an uplifting colur and the goody bag has a mens anti- perspirant, granola bar and nothing else! I am running 26 miles - I want goodies! Also I would have preferred to have this at the end of the race so I could have put the t shirt on after crossing the line. 3. The start - cramped. Thanks to those spectators who thought it was a good idea to bring their dogs - what were you thinking? I nearly injured myself before I started! 4. The race itself - well organised, the marshalls were brilliant - so supportive. Water stations were ample and just at the right place. Plenty of toilets along the way. The weather was so changeable - started like a cold wintersday, then the relentless wind really annoyed me and made it such hard work, then sweltering heat - what's a girl to wear? 5. The end - that red dusty gravel and duck boards - killer! WHere was my foil blanket - I did not have a bag and had ditched my t shirt. The wind chill factor left my teeth chattering once I had stopped(hence the need for a t-shirt at the end) Many thanks to the lovely lady who gave me her sweatshirt! So kind and welcome! The spectators milling about didn't help and there was chaos at the bus stops with some of the drivers not letting people on even though there were seats.
All in all though it was a good race despite the fact that i don't think i will run another Marathon - too far for me! Date of review: May 26, 2008
In short: Well worth the trip! In full: Driving towards the front and seeing the Tower ahead is always a bit special. Blackpool however is dreary to say the least! That said this was a really good race - well organised and friendly, a mixture of abilities and enough people to ensure a good atmosphere but not so many that you are left jostling during the first mile. I am training for the Edinburth marathon and aiming for 5 hours so started with 11 min pacer but found that I could go a bit faster than this which was a result! Nice flat course and I liked the two/three laps - I like to know what to expect in advance. My one gripe was the sporadic placing of the water stations, supposed to be every 5K but the first one wasn't until 5.5 miles when I was becoming dehydrated and then the second one was 2 miles later. There were plenty of opportunities to have more than this! Nice goody bag and medal, Snickers very welcome at the end! I will be back. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: Ho Ho Ho! In full: This is the only race I have ran where I have exclaimed "is that the finish line already?"
Great fun, well organised - it was so funny to see all the Santas in one place. Generous goody bag plus T shirt and medal and Santa Suit which kept out the chill when we were waiting to start.
This is purely a fun run - are people seriously wanting to get a good time? However, the marshals and police were some of the most miserable I have ever seen. Someone in a red santa suit ran outside the cones and got barked at by a policeman and the marshalls at the enquiry tent were just plain scary - cheer up, it's Christmas! Date of review: December 2, 2007
In short: A fabulous day from start to finish In full: An exceptionally well organised race. It was all rather civilised - we had a coffee on the pier before boarding the steamer and tootling across the lake. The course was tough going especially towards the end when a cheery marshall directed us up the hill rather than the nice level path around it. The food at the end was a genius touch - everyone sitting on the grass tucking in watching the runners come in from all 3 races and listening to double act on the microphones - lovely atmosphere all round. Date of review: November 4, 2007
In short: Another great race - thoroughly enjoyed it! In full: The race and the course itself were fab - friendly marshalls, plenty of water stations, well mapped out route, glorious weather, pretty scenery. Now the moaning bit - start was a bit of a shambles, however to be fair the complaints from last year had obviously been taken on board and had tried to be eradicated with limited success - the long walk to the start and double lap of Bitts park seems to be the problem. Also baggage storage - where was it? I got a lot of misinformation from a steward doling out numbers for changing areas. Liked the glass momento but a medal would have been nice - i can't hang up a glass paperweight!
In short: Lots of glitz and freebies - a feel good factor race In full: I ran this race last year and it was one of my first races and I enjoyed it, however after taking part in a few more races in the last year I must say I was quite disappointed. The atmosphere was great but the start was a nightmare as there was no staggered start and everyone set off in one great mass. Lots of walkers at the start so for the first 2 km there were bottlenecks where we were forced to walk (no chance of a PB), the road was not wide enough for all the runners involved and there were not enough toilets.
On the plus side the atmosphere was greeat and it certainly would convert non-runners but I don't think I will be doing it again - there are better races out there. Date of review: June 17, 2007
In short: A great day out In full: A very well organised race, not too much jostling and standing about despite the numbers. Nice scenic route - with excellent organisation with every eventuality seemed to be catered for.Definitely worth a trip over the border! Date of review: May 14, 2007
In short: Well organised and friendly, medal like a saucer! In full: This was a really well organised race around a pleasant (if slightly run down) park. The marshalls were great - very friendly, and starting off and finishing on the track was a nice touch. Blackpool Leisure centre is perhap the most depressing leisure centre I have ever been in - a bit like a run down hospital without the smell of antiseptic, so didn't spend too much time in there - but all in all the facilities were good. Date of review: March 11, 2007
In short: Sack the GNR and do this instead! In full: Having completed my first half marathon 2 weeks ago, (Great North Run) I have to say that this race was 10 times better - good atmosphere but not too stressful or crowded, good facilities, lovely route apart from main road bit, excellent water stations etc etc. My only gripe is that there was not any info about baggage areas, changing facilities, water stations etc beforehand and so did not know what to bring along to the venue itself - ended up leaving my warm up t-shirt and drink bottle near the start but found it again at he end - us Cumbrians are so trustworthy! Sack the GNR and do this instead!