Blackpool Running Event - Blackpool Festival of Running

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The Black Festival of Running includes the famous Blackpool Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k returns, with an added twist of running events for 2019... We are also staging an extra two events on Saturday for the whole family to enjoy. As always, the event is run on Blackpool's Promenade, passing all the great landmarks and tourist spots. This event is ideal for all the family and Blackpool is always a great weekend away! Didn't to run London Marathon for charity? Come and join a great alternative, here at the seaside!

The Blackpool Marathon takes place as part of the Blackpool Running Festival that also includes a half marathon as well as 10, 5 and 2k alternatives, so it is the perfect event for runners with a range of different abilities. The event will take place over the course of the weekend of Saturday 27th April 2019 through to Sunday 28th, with the marathon and half marathon taking place on the Sunday. Like the majority of races of this type, you can choose to take part and raise money at the same time. If you would like to run the Blackpool Marathon for Alder Hey Charity, then please follow the steps below!

4 steps to doing Blackpool Running Events for Alder Hey Children’s Charity

  1. Register for the Blackpool Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k directly. Then contact us with your name, address and details of what you're doing.

  2. Setting up a free online donation page gives friends, family and colleagues a really easy way to sponsor you. Try Justgiving, Virgin Money Giving or My Donate - they all automatically transfer the money you've raised to us after your event.

  3. Check out our downloads page for a fundraising pack and an offline sponsorship form.

  4. Spread the word! Use your social networks and community organisations to let people know what you're doing. You can tag us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

You might be considering taking part in the Blackpool Running Festival, particularly the Blackpool Marathon, but have some answered questions before you register. Please read on for some commonly asked questions about the lead up to and the day of the event.

Blackpool marathon FAQ’s

How will my race be tracked?

Your race is tracked via the chip that can be found on your race number. It is important that you don’t lose or bend this chip because any damage could result in your chip becoming invalid and your race not being recorded. Things like putting a jacket over your race number, or the tags coming off your bib number, can also affect chip timing.

What happens if my race isn’t tracked?

If, for whatever reason, your race isn’t tracked, simply drop the Blackpool Running Festival an email, explaining the situation. The event will have been video recorded so your finishing time can be manually extracted and you can be put into the result table.

I have entered the event but can no longer take part. Can I have a refund?

Unfortunately, no refunds are available once you have entered and paid for the race. If you can no longer take part for health reasons, you may have the opportunity to defer your place for another time. To do this, email the event support team and explain the situation and they will try to defer your entry to another event on the calendar. Please note that to do this successfully and avoid paying any fees you must inform the support team at least seven days before the race.

Am I insured whilst running?

Yes, your race entry includes insurance with all of our Blackpool running events being licensed by UK Athletics.

How old do I have to be to enter the Blackpool Marathon?

Entries to the Blackpool marathon require a minimum age of 18. However, there are other events within the running festival that children are more than welcome to take part in, such as the half marathon, 10K and 5K events.

Can I use an iPod or other musical device when running the race?

Yes, you can run the race to your favourite songs, however, organisers of the race do ask that you keep headphone volume to a minimum when out on the course so that you can hear the instructions of marshals and organisers.

If you have decided to take part in the Blackpool Marathon for Alder Hey charity, then best of luck with your fundraising and enjoy the day!


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