|2015 Blackpool Half Medal|
The race HQ was on a field next to the Hilton hotel. This was my first Fylde Coast Running event (I've been looking at them for a while but they're hard for me to get to unless someone who drives is going to) and I was really impressed with the organisation. Number collection was really easy and there was lots of toilets, including the ones in the hotel. We were there pretty early, so that Bryan could get himself ready for the 26.2, and it was quite fun to watch the build up of runners. There was around 1,000 runners in total for the three distances and they pretty much just took over the hotel so good on them for letting us use it. I really liked the commentator guy too, he made the morning a lot more entertaining.
|Blackpool Half Marathon Elevation|
I was enjoying plodding along. The course was actually quite pretty and it was lovely to see
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I stayed around at the finish for a while with WRC and watched the marathon winner do a pretty impressive finish. I then went to get changed in the Hilton so I could get back to watch mark finish. It was quite a good location because you could watch for the finishers along the bottom prom before they turned around to head back to the finish about a mile and a half later. Whilst I was watching Mark finish there was quite a bit of swearing and shouting from some people who had been sent the wrong way by a marshall. Not sure what happened exactly but that can't be good at the end of a marathon. I have to say that the marshalls I reacted with were all amazing. Hopefully it will all be resolved. Bryan finished just over an hour after Mark in 4:36:13, a pb by almost 13 minutes for him. The support was starting the thin towards the end and he had 7 miles of head wind so he did incredibly well. The commentator guy was still going and really trying to encourage the people still there to cheer for eveyone, he did a great job. He listened out for people's names too so that he could cheer them on as well.
Overall it's not a bad half marathon and I enjoyed my first Fylde Coast running experience. It's cheap but you get a lot for the money and the course is pretty good (as long as you're not expecting it to be flat flat) and there's plenty to look at whilst you're running. I'm not sure i could have re-done the course a second time for the marathon but as long as the weather is ok it would certainly be a fast course and i really love the medal. One of the event staff told me that the medal for the Windmill Half on the 19th July is even better but I already have a race that day.