In short: Superb winter marathon - ache now but worth it! In full: Thanks to Eric for organising such a superb race. Nice support (considering the weather) and the bands dotted along the route were a nice distraction.
Really good to see the Lucozade Sport stations with bottles, gels etc., big help so thanks for this.
Only downpoint was the shingle beach section for a miles just before the end - talk about painful and energy draining! This really hurt and came at the wrong time!
Otherwise was only about 15 seconds from my PB and was absolutely delighted with a 3.08 meaning I am in for London - for 2010!!
Thanks to all for this - how about making it an annual event?!! Date of review: December 14, 2008
In short: Superb race with organisation that makes the event special In full: I run for Wadhurst Runners but feel qualified to comment on this run as I had the pleasure to race today leaving the marshalling to friends from the club.
From a runners perspective I found the event to be quite special. The attention to organisation of the event is incredible with every attempt made to make the race as runner friendly as possible. Nice touches like bottled water, jelly babies, a band at the finish, sponges and the cakes!
The circuit around Bewl is one of my favourites and the race conditions make it even more special. You have to contend with the odd dog walker or cyclist but none got in the way or caused any incident. There is a stile about 1/2m in but nothing can be done about that and the runners around me formed an orderly line to pass through.
Improvements for next time? I would say cut the bottled water to a smaller size. There were many stops so the bottles used must have seen quite a lot wasted. Other than that please keep it up!
The distance, as measured by my Garmin 305, was 13.52 miles.
Well done and thank you to all who made this a very memorable event. Date of review: July 6, 2008
In short: Nice changes to the route this year - good 5miler In full: The changes were very good although I would prefer to run on the top of the prom rather than go through the endless tunnel. Otherwise the weather was good and a great race. Thanks. Date of review: April 27, 2008
In short: Good race, weather much better than forecast In full: Really enjoyed this and thought the organisers did a good job. Nice support on route too with marshalls and the few spectators cheering you on.
Only comment I would make for improvement concerns the fun run. I know it is advertised that no results are available etc., but it would be nice to have this next time. Came home with 2 kids who did well with both asking where they came in the race. Seeing the positions and times gives them encouragement and further interest in the sport.
Otherwise great day. Thanks. Date of review: March 30, 2008
In short: Fast and flat - as long as the weather is good! In full: Nice friendly race with a simple out and back course. Well organised and great support from the marshalls. Good potential for a PB as long as the exposed route is not suffering from a buffering from the wind (and rain!). Date of review: March 9, 2008
In short: Superb race that gets better and better each year In full: Even with the hill at Fordcombe I still love this race. Great organisation, friendly marshalls and some nice support on route. Goody bag at the end was great as was medal and T-Shirt! Thanks TW - see you next year. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: More effort from the organisers needed In full: I entered this race along with 3 children and 1 other adult but was left with a distinct feeling that this was an event purely to boost club funds. While I am not bothered with medals etc., I do think we need to pay particular attention to the youngsters and offer them every encouragement for the future.
One way to do this is to offer that smallest of rewards at the end of a long race for them - a medal. My daughters keep all of theirs as treasured momentos of past races so I was firstly dissapointed that, for some obscure (profit?) reason Phoenix only decided to award medals to the Under 9's. This was compounded as I had another youngster with us today for his first ever race. It would have been great for him to be able to go back and show his mum the medal he was given at the end but nothing.
First thought was fine - I will give him mine. But (profit?) no medals this year for adults. This is not the norm as I have a medal for the same event from a previous year.
As there were obviously medals around (for the under 9's) I asked at the results desk and a kind lady there said she would try but did not have any. Second try was to the chap on the microphone - what a mistake.
This guy proceeded to get the race entry form out and quote from that - NO MEDALS unless he is under 9! I know that - would be nice for him to have one, first race etc., have you a spare one? Result was unbelievable - the guy said "he (the child) could try the London Marathon in the future - there are loads of medals there". I just walked off......
£7.00 for adults and £2.00 for children to run around a park - not even a cup of water at the end. Come on Phonenix have a look at other races and see how it can be done and try to make more of an effort next time.
Your real attention though needs to be directed towards attitude and the effect - postive of otherwise - you can have on the yougsters who will be the future of our support.
Very dissapointing and not sure if the 5 of us will be back again. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Fast, flat and normally hot! That and the Blackpool crowds (not for the runners!) In full: This is my 3rd time at Blackpool and the first with the two laps of the 1/2m for the full marathon. Didn't really enjoy this part of it as you have to face the concrete section twice and this basically finished me off. I was doing really well until 20 miles and the thought of another 3 miles on the concrete followed by 3 miles in to the headwind prompted me to stop for a quick walk - fatal. Once you stop the legs seize up and getting going again was next to impossible so resorted to a painful 5 miles or so of walking and running and missed by 3.15 target by 20 minutes or so as a result.
Still, really enjoyed the weekend spent in Blackpool, support was food and the few that lined the route were really supportive. No hassle from the Hen and Stag parties this year! Marshalls were great with some in fancy dress and most taking the chance to offer a few words of encouragement. What happened to the weather again though?! Forecast was for 17 degrees with a fair chance of rain but we got sunshine and heat for the first 90 minutes at least. Then a headwind to run in to on the way back from the end of the concrete section!
Start got off on the dot - could have done with more loos at the Winter Garden though. Big que for these and this could have been avoided if they had a few portaloos outside. Otherwise it went really well with good organisation throughout.
Will have a think about next year once the pain has gone away along with the dissapointment of missing the time! Date of review: June 3, 2007