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Blackpool Festival of Running

Blackpool Tower, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire
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Organiser's Description

The Blackpool Festival of Running returns for 2020, with another two days of sporting excellence. As always the event is run on Blackpool's Promenade, passing all the great landmarks and tourist spots.

Full and half marathon, 10k, 5k, and 2k events. The course is very flat - great for the PB chasers out there. The festival is ideal for all the family, with the 5k event open to all runners over the age of 11 on the day, and a 2k for ages 6 and over! ​ Everyone is welcome, young and old, fast and slow. Wheelchair friendly, Nordic walkers, power walkers and runers with buggies welcome.

The event is held over 2 days, with the 10k, 5k and 2k on Saturday 25th and the marathon & half marathon on Sunday 26th.

Start Time

10:30am

Races

  • Marathon - Sunday Standard entry fee
    £36.50 CLOSED
  • Marathon - Sunday UKA/ARC Member
    £34.50 CLOSED
  • Marathon - Sunday FCR Member
    £27.60 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday Standard entry fee
    £26.50 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday UKA/ARC Member
    £24.50 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday FCR Member
    £19.60 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday Standard entry fee
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday UKA/ARC Member
    £16 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday FCR Member
    £12.80 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday Standard entry fee
    £12 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday UKA/ARC Member
    £10 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday FCR Member
    £8 CLOSED
  • 2 km - Saturday
    £6 CLOSED

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, events as we knew them have changed. We are staging events in a Covid secure way to ensure all our safety during this crisis.

Bib Numbers & Timing Chips

All competitor bib numbers will be posted out the week before the event. There are no collections on the day, or entries on the day.

Event Start Time

The event is a time-trial, and there will be no mass start of competitors. You will start individually in accordance with current government guidelines. A maximum of 30 competitors at any one time is permitted to access the secure start area. Please keep to the 2-metre social distancing rule at all times. Please choose your arrival times carefully to avoid causing a ‘gathering’.

Toilets

Toilet units are provided for COMPETITORS ONLY. They will be positioned in the queue area and within the secure start area just in case to use them last minute. Each toilet will contain hand-sanitiser and paper towels. We ask you use the hand-sanitiser before and after you use the toilet and keep them as clean as possible. Our toilet provider will be on-site throughout the event to ensure they are kept stocked and cleaned as required.

Water

As part of our commitment to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and following guidance from UK Athletics water will not be given out during or at the end of the event. If you have the need for water, you must bring your own.

Finishing

When you have successfully completed the course, you will pass under the finishing gantry and guided through the funnel maintaining your social distance at all times. Do not stop in the finishing funnel as this will impede other runners finishing.

Spectators & Codes of Conduct

We know that bringing friends and family is a big part of your running experience, but we ask that you avoid this to enable us to maintain social distancing at the event. If this is unavoidable then please do not come to the start and finish areas. Spectators must go out on to the course. Arrange a suitable viewing position in advance as well as a post-race meeting point.

Medical Support The superb team from Remote Medical Services will be on-site throughout the event to provide medical assistance and recovery as needed. Should you require any assistance then please make yourself aware to a marshal who will notify the medics.

Baggage Storage

To minimise contact between yourself and our marshals, we ask you do not bring any baggage to the event. You need to arrive ‘ready to run’. Where this is not possible, i.e. you have come using public transport, you can deposit your bag within the secure start area as you are passing through. Baggage retrieval post-race is available at the back of the baggage area. The use of our Key Locker has been suspended for this event.

Medals As part of our commitment to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and following guidance from UK Athletics medals will not be given out at the end of the event. These will be posted to you the following week, or if you are local to us, you are more than welcome to pop into our shop and collect one.

Results

Results will be published shortly after the event. They will be in the form of an alphabetical list, with your ‘chip time’. This is your time from the start point to the finish point.

Prizes

There will not be a presentation of awards on the day so we can maintain social distancing.

When out on the course you must keep to the 2-metre social distancing rules. Keep to the LEFT HAND SIDE at all times on the two-way sections unless overtaking. If you do, move back to the left as soon as possible. The course has been officially measured as accurate and holds an Association of UK Course Measurers certificate.

DO NOT travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS.

Blackpool Tower, Promenade, Blackpool FY1 4BJ

By car: Blackpool enjoys the luxury of having a motorway link direct to the heart of the resort – take Junction 32 off the M6, and the M55 will lead you almost to the beach!

By train: Blackpool is well-connected to the national railway network. There are direct services to Blackpool North from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Liverpool Lime Street and York. There are also direct services between London Euston and Blackpool North.

There are four services an hour from Blackpool North to Preston, and Preston Station has direct services to all major cities including Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Hourly services connect Blackpool South station to East Lancashire.

Blackpool has ample parking within the town centre. We recommend using Parkopedia to locate a car park suitable for you.

Bespoke Medals to all finishers

Individual category prizes will be given in each race

Technical T Shirt (Marathon, Half Marathon)

Chip Timed results

Accurately measured course

Race photography

Water stations

Toilets at regular intervals

Full race commentary

Full medical support

Traffic free course

Race start times:

10 km - Saturday 25 April 10.30am start

5 km - Saturday 25 April 1pm start

2 km - Saturday 25 April 2pm start

Marathon & Half Marathon - Sunday 26 April 9.30am start

Minimum ages for entry to the events are:

Marathon - 18 yrs; Half Marathon - 17 yrs; 10k - 15 yrs; 5k - 11 yrs; 2k - 6 yrs

There are two starting lanes for the Marathon and Half Marathon: Marathon runners line up facing Blackpool Tower and run South, Half Marathon runners line up with their backs to Blackpool Tower and run North. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in the correct lane

A time limit of 7 hours will be enforced on the Marathon due to restrictions on the road closure order

Race Day FAQs

Sorry, booking has closed for this event 🙁

  • Marathon - Sunday Standard entry fee
    £36.50 CLOSED
  • Marathon - Sunday UKA/ARC Member
    £34.50 CLOSED
  • Marathon - Sunday FCR Member
    £27.60 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday Standard entry fee
    £26.50 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday UKA/ARC Member
    £24.50 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Sunday FCR Member
    £19.60 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday Standard entry fee
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday UKA/ARC Member
    £16 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Saturday FCR Member
    £12.80 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday Standard entry fee
    £12 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday UKA/ARC Member
    £10 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Saturday FCR Member
    £8 CLOSED
  • 2 km - Saturday
    £6 CLOSED
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