A fast and flat course around Lytham St Annes and Fairhaven Lake. Traffic free and great for runners of all abilities and ages. This race limit has been increased to 800 as last year the event sold out weeks before at 600. So please enter early to avoid disappointment.
First time I've done this event and wasn't disappointed! Registration simple and straightforward, baggage dropped off then we were ready to run. The start was a bit congested due to narrow paths so couldnt really get into your stride till 1.5miles in along the coast. It is a 2 lap course with out and back sections so if you dont want the leaders lapping you or see them flying past the opposite way then maybe it isn't for you. Great PB potential with course almost pancake flat. Was told in race email that there were 6 water stations but on the day there was only 4 meaning an almost 4 mile gap between stations during the race. Local support was minimal with most people enjoying a walk along the coast themselves but Marshall support was a lot better. I had 3 hi-5's from Marshall at entrance to fairhaven lake every time I passed her.
Posted on 17.07.17
I've done many Fylde coast running events. Always great value. This was another example.
Race number collection was simple & straight forward.
The race itself was based & run at the beautiful Fairhaven Lake, Latham StAnnes. It can be a little awkward to get to but nothing a taxi didn't solve. It cost £11 for taxi from out hotel in Blackpool. There is also a regular bus service.
The race was run in hot temperatures.
Scenery was quite stunning.
It was a flat, 2 lap course run mainly on paths, although there was a grassy section which was testing on tired legs.
The nature of 2 lap races mean you often see mileage signs for 2nd lap distance.
This can be quite demoralising.
Local support was decent but not spectacular.
Marshal support was 1st class.
Finishers were rewarded with a fantastic, solid medal & water.
A finishers shirt would have been nice but not to worry.
In summary, this is a brilliant race.
If you want scenic running with top bling then this is the race to do.
Posted on 16.07.17
This is the first time I've taken part in the event after I'd heard so many good things about it.
It's a little local race (I say little but I think there were around 900 people there today!) and it's brilliantly organised. The marshall's are fantastic and for a small local event, there is loads of support on the course from members of the public.
The course is out and back along the seafront and past... wait for it... the windmill. It was lovely in the sunshine but there were a few downsides...
•It's laps. You do two laps and then round to the finish line. I'm not a big fan of laps.
•The wind. It is damn windy on that sea front (windy all year round apparently!). So one minute you're loving the sunshine and the next, you're fighting strong wind!
•I personally found the course a bit dull. Out and back on the promenade and then onto the road to make up some distance. It was nice to be by the sea side at the start, but then it would have been nice to have seen more of the area instead of running the same route twice.
But the medal is huge and does not disappoint! And it's a pretty flat course, so good for PBs (if you're good at tackling wind...)
Posted on 16.07.17