Great North West Half Marathon

Middle Walkway, North Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire

Organiser's Description

Multi-lap, fast and relatively flat course on the coastal front of Blackpool. A great race for a PB. The event is now celebrating its 31st year and grows in popularity every year, attracting almost 1200 competitors of all ages and experience. A great spectator course for the family.

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  • Half Marathon Standard entry
    £25 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon UK Athletics registered club entry
    £23 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon Fylde Coast Runners members
    £18.40 CLOSED

Middle Walkway, North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2JQ

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.

There are lots of car parking options in and around Blackpool, with a choice of pay and display parking around the town centre and sea front, most of it in quite close walking distance to the main areas of the Promenade and the venue. There is also on-street parking available North of North Pier. Please make sure you park legally; the wardens are everywhere in Blackpool and start work early!

An amazing bespoke medal

Technical tee shirt

Chip timing

Full medical support

Water stations

Race photos

Baggage store

Prizes are awarded to the following individual winners;

1st 3 Men & 1st 3 Ladies

1st Male Veteran Over 40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75+

1st Lady Veteran Over 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70+

The event headquarters is on the Middle Walkway on Blackpool's North Promenade (opposite the Hilton and Imperial Hotels). HQ, start and finish are all at the same location.

At race HQ you will find the registration desks where you can collect your race packs. There are also plenty of toilets and baggage storage.

The presentation after the event is in the area of race HQ

There may be entries available on the day, which will be charged £5 extra.

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  • Half Marathon Standard entry
    £25 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon UK Athletics registered club entry
    £23 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon Fylde Coast Runners members
    £18.40 CLOSED

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Great event

Thanks to all the organisers volunteering teams for making the Blackpool half another great event despite storm Dennis trying to stop us a good friendly atmosphere ,and all aspects of the race explained nice medal and t shirt too always a pleasure to run this race roll on next year thanks all

Garry English / Feb 17, 2020

Fabulous event

Great double loop course alibg the seafront. Great medal and t shirt. Duitable for first timers and speedy types alike.

Claire Hopkins / Feb 17, 2020

Friendly well organised half marathon.

Really friendly and helpful Marshall’s and volunteers. Well organised. Clearly knew what they were doing regarding the event going ahead under testing weather conditions. Talking of which, I really felt like I’d earned my glass (es) of Rioja Sunday night.
Thanks very much. Do again. Hopefully with a tad less wind next time.

sarah procter / Feb 17, 2020

Heroic efforts

Given the awful conditions, the organisers worked heroically to ensure the race went ahead, adapting the course signage as best they could in the very strong wind. Scrupulous re. disposal of one-use plastic bottles. More weather updates beforehand would have helped to reassure. Post-race food only chocolate biscuits - not obviously a gluten free option available. Will happily run there again.

Ian Tompkins / Feb 17, 2020


Amazing value for money.
Very well organised

Nic Wiggans / Feb 17, 2020

Well Organised

Great race, well organised, friendly helpful marshals, superb value for money.
No faffing at the start, straight on running.
Very safe in the wind.

Nic Wiggans / Feb 17, 2020

Well Organised Event with Great Pre-Race Updates

It was the first time I had taken part in the GNW Half, and we were at the mercy of Storm Dennis. The organisers made sure everyone was kept up to date pre-race with regards to the weather. The day was tough, but the amazing medals definitely made it worthwhile!

Samantha Godfrey / Feb 17, 2020

Well organised & great camaraderie

Fantastic event. The wind was absolutely brutal but a great atmosphere to pull us through!!

April Newby / Feb 17, 2020

Run like the wind!

A sea front run into the gale of Storm Dennis...certainly stamina and character building. Head wind aside - a great route, sea views, well organised, excellent pre-race communication, all out effort to make sure the run still went ahead and the medal is the size of my head! Would definitely do it again and would recommend for a winter half marathon.

Claire McVittie / Feb 17, 2020

Flat but boring route

Two short and two long loops of the same route don't make for a very interesting run but if it's a time you are after, it's pretty flat and that's definitely an option. No massages, no sports drinks and a chocolate biscuit at the finish was pretty mean but the medal is nice!

Peter Corker / Feb 17, 2020

Well organised, and lots of fun

Even storm Dennis didn't stop this from being a fantastic event. Yes, the wind was brutal in one direction but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Marshalls were brilliant, especially in the cold!

Kara Robinson / Feb 17, 2020

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