Sunday 22nd April 2018
starting at 9.30am from Blackpool's Middle Walkway on North Promenade
The marathon is a two lap course and is very flat for the PB chaser's out there. Race facilities include bottled water stations approximately every 3 miles, toilets located at regular intervals, live electronic results, full race commentary, race photography and full medical support.
MINIMUM AGE FOR COMPETITION IS 18 AND OVER ON DAY OF RACE. A time limit of 7 hours is enforced on this event due to restrictions on the road closure order.
Registration is open for you to collect your race pack on Saturday from 9am until 3pm, and on race morning from 6am until 9.15am.
The registration marquees are located on the Middle Walkway (adjacent to the main promenade road), opposite the Hilton Hotel. The postcode is FY1 2JQ.
What you need
When you come to collect your race pack we advise you bring with you a copy of your entry confirmation, either on paper, or on your phone. Don't worry if you don't, as long as you are on the confirmation list, everything will be fine. All the race packs are in alphabetical order.
What is in the race pack
In your envelope you will find your bib number and safety pins, to attach it securely to the front of your running top. The timing chip tags are already attached to your number, so do not remove, cover, fold or tear it.
Spectator information will be available soon.
Accommodation information will be available soon.
Arriving by car:
North Promenade is located North of Blackpool Tower. From the end of the M55 motorway, follow signs for Blackpool Tower and Promenade. The event registration area, race start and finish is not accessible by vehicles. Parking is available throughout the town. Use the links below to help you plan your trip.
Arriving by train:
The nearest train station is Blackpool North. This is only a short walk away from the event registration area, race start and finish. Use the link below to see the route from the train station.
All entries are subject to availability. Late entries may be taken if available. Please follow our facebook page for all the latest news on entry availability.
There are two starting lanes: Marathon runners line up facing Blackpool Tower and run south, Half Marathon runners line up with their backs to Blackpool Tower and run north. YOU MUST ENSURE YOU ARE IN THE CORRECT START LANE – THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Arrive in plenty of time to allow you to park, collect your race pack (if not already done on Saturday), get changed and visit the toilet etc. Just before the start the toilets will become busy so plan your visit carefully. Please fill in the medical/contact information section on the back of your running number. Be careful not to damage or lose your number, as replacements can’t be issued. If there’s a risk you may blackout during the race (for example if you suffer from fits), put a red cross on the front of your number. Please pin your number on your FRONT without folding or covering it - it needs to be seen by the race marshals. Do not pass your running number onto somebody else without notifying registration first. This is to ensure the results are correct and for obvious safety and medical reasons. When you are happy that you are ready to run, make your way to the start area. The route to the start point is clearly marked. Line up behind the start line. There will be a few safety announcements and then the marathon and half marathon race will start at 9.30am. The route you are running on is open to the public so be aware of some pedestrians and cyclists. The course is traffic free. We advise that you do not wear iPods or similar devices whilst running. You may not hear marshals or indeed fellow runners if they need help! At the finish you will be awarded with your runners medal. There is water available and also medics should they be needed.
In addition to the toilets at the race registration, there are facilities along the route. As this is a two-lap course (marathon) you will pass the toilets regularly on the course. These will be ‘Danfo’ super loos that require a 20p coin to operate. We recommend taping a few coins to the back of your running number in case you need to use them during the race.
Water stations will be located at approximately three-mile intervals on the route. Bottled water is available to all runners. The bottle cap will be removed before being passed to you. Each station will be clearly signed. Please try and drop bottles as soon as possible so we don’t litter the course too much. It also helps the crew at the stations to pick the bottles up quicker. Do not use bottled water from the drinks stations to tip over your head as this reduces supplies for runners at the back of the field. A water station is also located at the finish area. Medics are available at the water station and at the finish.
DROPPING OUT, SLOWER RUNNERS & WALKING
If you have to drop out for any reason, and you cannot make your own way back to the race venue to collect your belongings, then please make your situation known to a course steward or a member of the medic crew. Arrangements will be made to pick you up and bring you back. Priority will be given to cases of injury or illness. If you are very slow, but are determined to finish, on-course facilities may become less available. Our team at the rear of the field will endeavour to give you support and advice. At some point, perhaps through tiredness, cramp, blisters, etc, you may be forced to walk. If this happens, move as far to the left hand side as possible to allow runners to overtake.
All marathon superstars receive a unique medal and tech t-shirt at the finish.
Individual prizes are awarded in the following categories:
• 1st Man • 2nd Man • 3rd Man
• 1st Lady • 2nd Lady • 3rd Lady
• 1st Male Veteran over 40/45/50/55/60/65/70+
• 1st Lady Veteran over 35/40/45/50/55/60/65+
The awards ceremony for the first three male and female finishers will take place at approximately 1.30pm at the registration marquee. The awards ceremony for the veteran categories will take place at 2.30pm approximately at the registration marquee. This ceremony may be delayed if the individual category winners have not yet completed the course.