Did this in 2002 (about: 2002)|
stefan cooper from manchester england (5/5/04)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Blackpool Marathon
I did this in 2002 - the main (and only) advantage is that it's the flattest run you could wish for, and starts and finishes at the same place (the Hilton Hotel). But that's about it.
However there was a stiff sea breeze which made it quite hard and also very hot, but obviously this will change year to year. I would expect a stiff breeze and sun though in this month.
Organization - Nowhere to shower or change afterwards (despite the entry form promising showers - there simply werent any - just a sink for about 2000 sweaty guys! (It was a farce.) This was a pain, and there was nowhere to store kit. The only place you could change was the hotel toilet, which was fine as long as there werent any more than abiout 5 people in it, but there were thousands of people trying to use it.
There arent any spectators at all really as I remember, and what few there were are just holiday-makers who stare at you. Toward the end on about mile 18 or so you run through the the main tourist seafront bit and you arent segregated from the public so you have to dodge kids/bikes/dogs/etc., which is the last thing you need at that point! The last 4 miles had nobody around at all, which just makes it so hard.
Its also very expensive as marathons go at either £20 or £25 to enter plus another £8 for a pasta party the night before, which I think would make it the most expensive marathon I have ever done.
All that said - I'll be doing it again as I live nearby, and it's a nice change doing a flat one.