In short: Still not good enough from professional organisation In full: Massive queues for no where near enough toilets, even at 8am. People still queueing at 9am when it started as they just couldn't get to a loo before this.
No PA system or proper announcer or music. Couldn't hear a thing the announcer was saying.
No atmosphere and no support from locals/spectators. (Not the organisers fault)
Not enough marshals. A couple of places it wasn't obvious where to go as there were little paths leading off. I understand some had been cordened off, but the chord removed. So these places needed a marshal, as people will always mess with stuff like that in a place like Blackpool.
Poor quality medal and t-shirt. Fine for a cheap 10k, but not an expensive marathon. Â£20 not cheap for what you get. No goody bag either. Just a tiny bottle of water at the end. Just not good enough from a professional money making business. (Sorry Mcandrew, don't swallow the line you pay over five grand of your own money to put on these races.) I know races cost a lot to put on, but you make a tidy profit and you know it.
Plus points, seemed to be several people on safety bikes and plenty of first aid cover. So a safe race with road closures. Date of review: April 13, 2010