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The Blackpool Festival of Running returns to be even bigger and better. As always the event is run on Blackpool's Promenade's passing all the great landmarks and tourist spots. The festival is ideal for all the family and Blackpool is always a great weekend away! Didn't get into the London Marathon? Come and join the only alternative, join us here at the seaside.​

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Sean M
"Really supportive volunteers around the course. The course itself was very..."
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How to enter the Blackpool Festival of Running

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Blackpool Festival of Running routes


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 you 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

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What’s Included

All marathon superstars receive a unique medal and tech t-shirt at the finish!

Raceday Logistics

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.


The event can offer you an exciting and enjoyable day as part of the FCR race crew and will ensure you are well looked after. There are many different types of activities some of which are ideally suited to those with previous experience but many can be undertaken with no prior race day knowledge.

• Start Area Assistants (runners welfare, directing runners, offering assistance etc.)

• Finish Area Assistants (handing out medals, water etc. ;runners welfare)

• Water Station Volunteers (ideal for groups/clubs)

• Course Welfare Volunteers


I'm not on the results... Why?

The chip timing system is great, however, as with anything computerised, on rare occasions things can go wrong. On these rare occasions, the antennas may not pick up a signal from the tags which are on your bib number. Our success rate for results is currently 99.89% read from the tags that are attached to your bib number. There are countless reasons why; You may have covered them whilst starting/stopping your watch; you may have put a jacket on over your bib number; the tags may have come off your bib number; they may simply be faulty; it may have been raining very heavily; mobile phones can also affect the signal... the list goes on... but do not despair! do not have a rant on social media like it is the end of the world as you know it... Just drop us an email and we can sort it. All the events are videoed, so we can manually extract your finishing time and slot you into the results. Depending on the size of the event, this can usually be achieved within 24-48 hours.

I have entered but cannot run. What can I do?

It happens! For whatever reason, you cannot compete, email the Event Support Team and they can either defer your entry to the same race the following year or transfer your entry to another event on their calendar. We will need at least seven days notice before the original event though to make the changes for free, otherwise there is a £5 charge to cover the cost of your race pack & chip tags which are not used.

I cannot run anymore, can I have a refund?

I'm afraid not, refunds cannot be given for events. But don't despair! We can however either defer your entry as detailed above.

Can I wear my iPod/mp3 player during the race?

We see the attraction of pounding the streets to your favorite tracks. However, we do ask that you follow these few basic rules: When queuing at the start do not use your iPod/mp3 player so that you can hear the safety announcements by the team; During the race keep the volume as low as possible so you can hear marshals and steward instructions, or indeed other runners if they need help; At the finish switch off your iPod/mp3 player so you can be guided safely through the finishing area.

Blackpool Festival of Running weather forecast

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Blackpool Festival of Running reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
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  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Really supportive volunteers around the course. The course itself was very scenic along the promenade. Loads of spectators and they were very vocal. Excellent organisation at the start, plenty of loos all free. Brilliant t shirt and medal for all finishers, better than the big marathons as you have room to run. Done London and you can barely move so won't do again, will stick to the smaller better run marathons like Blackpool with Fylde Coast Runners.
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