Blyth Running Club, Knitting Club, Blackpool Marathon Tour 2014
On the 5th of April 2014 five members of Blyth’s Running Club,
Knitting Club set off at 12.20pm, after
donning our new Blackpool Marathon, Knitting Club Tour T-shirts, for the bright
lights of Blackpool. Stopping only for a
quick tea and wee at Tebay we eventually arrived in
We made it to the hotel just in time for the Grand National starting and thought it rude not to watch it with a drink in hand.
Once we’d settled into our rooms Hayley, Phillippa and I had a short walk into town to collect some provisions for breakfast and the essential Kiss Me Quick hat. The evening before consisted of a gorgeous Italian meal washed down with complimentary Strawberry Sambucas. It was in the Italian where we bumped into some fellow runners from Blackhill Bounders, I say bumped into, they actually asked us to keep the noise down!! After the meal it was back to the hotel for some sleep before the big day.
On the morning of the marathon we rose early and ate our snack pots of porridge, dressed in the green and white of Blyth, but with the added extras of the Kiss Me Quick hats and bright stripy gloves, had umpteen visits to the loo and after checking and double checking we had everything we headed to the start, where we obviously decided to join the huge loo queue. After waiting what seemed like forever we left the queue as it wasn’t going down, and headed to the start line. We lined up on the start line and gave a thought to Brian Singleton who should have been there with us but had to defer through injury and also to our would be support team in the form Karen and Archie. It was here where we bumped into the Blackhill Bounders and a lone figure from Tynebridge.
The race is described as a flat and fast course. The route takes you along the seafront past
many sights, including the
As the route consisted of out and back laps at various points you could see the runners in front and behind you, so when they spotted us and we spotted them we let out great roars of encouragement to the other North East clubs.
By 15 miles were beginning to spread out slightly with Phillippa (still sporting the Kiss Me Quick hat) taking the lead followed by Davina and Adele then myself and Hayley at 18 miles my legs were burning and a quick stop at the mobile medical unit (that was Davina) for a couple of ibuprofen and I was back on my way. On heading back to the Norbreck Castle Hotel for a second time we had the added pleasure of an extra loop just to keep us on our toes, by this time the lead had changed again and it was Phillippa, Hayley and I, followed closely by Davina and Adele.
Once we’d completed the extra loop it was back into the fierce headwind on the prom for another 3.5 miles. At this point Hayley put in a rather gutsy performance and took the lead and I hung on to her tail till about 24 miles when the wind was just too much. Davina, Adele and Phillippa followed close behind.
With half a mile to go runners turned again and headed up a steep, cobbled road, here with the wind eventually on her back Hayley shouted words of encouragement as she passed above me and I did the same for Phillippa (who was STILL wearing the Kiss Me Quick hat), Davina and Adele. Once up over the cobbled road you could see the finish line, with one last push from us all we eventually finished. The race throughout was well marshaled and had plenty of water stations. Other than the horrid headwind and a patch of rain (which was lovely and cooling and fairly brief), it was a great marathon to do.
Once through the finish we were given our medals and goody bags,
which included a water bottle, socks, soreen and tea, we headed straight back
to the hotel to rest, wash and change, before heading down to the bar for a
well earned pint, and then it was off out
Hayley Raithby 4:07, Julie Lemin 4:11, Phillippa Baxter 4:16, Davina Lonsdale 4:16, Adele Lonsdale 4:16