Fleetwood Marathon - Suitable for a First Timer?

Hi guys, I want to run my first marathon next year and I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice as to wether the Fleetwood Marathon would be an ok first race or if there would be a lot of club runners etc. and I would be left in the dust? I would hope to be hitting about four and a half hours btw, but it may end up being five... I'm not sure though, having never done a full marathon.

 I only ask because it is a relatively small race and so I had some apprehensions about wether it would be suitable.




  • something about the response frightens me.I also want to do this  a first 26.2.done lots of hilly 10m and a few 13m ..This is close to home so was hoping for some guidance..  

  • For any event the advice is the same -

    Look at previous results

    Look at comments on here

  • stephen

    Fleetwood is as flat as a pancake  i was to have done it this year  but just was not fit enough   this and Blackpool  are more then 1 lap   but  it would be up to you in the end   i found Blackpool tough  on the lower walk as it was never ending

  • looks like it is 1 lap course for the runners   very flat   but  a bit boring to my liking
  • Please be aware that races organised by this race promoter will no longer have an official permit, and revert to the status of `fun runs', as posted by the race organisation team on the recent Great North West Half Marathon thread.
  • who said  they did not read these threads
  • I ran Fleetwood last year, it was my second marathon having completed Blackpool earlier in the year. V flat course, you did a loop out of town and back for 7 miles then all the way to Cleveleys on the seafront path and round the back on roads/pavement in a loop twice. You were with the half marathon runners up to about 10 miles then on your own, with about 130 completing the marathon it was more or less on your own for me from then to finish. I enjoyed it, weather was good and it was fairly calm for most of race albeit wind picked up in latter stages which would leave you exposed running on seafront. Not sure I would be saying the same if it had been howling a gale all morning!  It was a friendly atmosphere and plenty of free parking nearby.
  • I did the half last year, its a small field and pretty lonely but the organisers always seem friendly and accomodating to beginners. I've done the Blackpool marathon in 5h11m and it was run by the same team and they seemed pleased us back markers were in the race


  • I did the half in 2008   and that was fast course for me     got a big 20 mile in 2 weeks at spenborough az
  • should have said ac
  • I did the Fleetwood Half last year as relative newcomer, it was my third half marathon. Very accommodating for newbies. The course is very flat and fast but boring, I got talking with some friendly competitors which helped. Not sure about the marathon there though as you simply do two laps which I would find very boring. Might go back to do the half again though.
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭
    John there is Chester mararthon May 31th out and back course i am in for that
  • This was my first marathon last year and I too will be running Chester as my second marathon.

    Fleetwood was great in terms of the very flat course. I took 4 hrs 25 (hardly the "cartoon road runner") and there were plenty behind me. It was also very well marshalled.

    However, unfortunately due to the lack of participants and specators, it felt like a non-event. Almost like a training run. I had to pinch myself in the morning as to whether I had actually run in a marathon.

  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭
    Chester they say could be a PB course just done a 22 mile training run in 2h49
  • I reckon i'll be in for this, dont mind the lonely races as i'm more interested in beating myself, not other runners, more of a mental challenge you might say!! image
  • Im looking at this one, i completed my first half three weeks ago and im tempted to push myself and try a marathon.

  • I blogged about this last year for anyone that is interested. It gives you a feel of the event.


  • Subbuteorob

    Fleetwood last year was very much a trial, so glad we only had a small field it gives us a chance this year to make it even bigger with a better course.  We have over 200entries to date (combined events)

    This years couse will consist of a 7/8 mile loop from the marine Hall around the town and back then one large lap towards Blackpool & back using the outer promenades (new one at Cleveleys) and some main roads.

    I will keep you informed as the weeks go by. Course has been measured (approx at this stage to get the gop ahead for road use from the council and police). Official measure mid June.


  • Hi Ron,
    Also thinking of doing it for my first marathon, have you a map of the provisional route please.

    I'm also a bit worried about being very isolated if it's a small field, don't expect thousands lining the route or anything of course!
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭

    I did the half in 2008 and yes it can get isolated at times and also sand could be on the path

    good luck to you
  • Thanks Dinda, might still try it, see what else is on around then
  • For those of us not chasing GFA times, does being a fun run matter? Will it still be accurately measured? Can I still use the time for bragging rights with Mr short'n'slow if I beat his official half time?
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭

    not sure for GFA times
  • Thanks Dinda, not worried about GFA (probably would have to age 50 years or so to be anywhere near close;)). Just worried about  a more personal level - bragging rights with the hubby/whether it will count as a PB etc
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭

    I am trying for a GFA at chester I am 38 so need 3h10 I think it is
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭

    also put in for Anglsey mararthon now that is a killer in the sceond part
  • Tempting maybe
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭
    Blackpool April 2011 race is not going ahead he is cutting back on races but I wish him best of luck
  • That's odd I had an email on the 25th April to say Blackpool Entries are open for 10th April 2011
  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭
    they said on the blackpool mararthon thread it has been cancalled
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