Hi Jeavon, I\'ll be doing some of those same races too, as I\'m also in the Blackpool area. I\'ll also do the UK Ironman too, if things go to plan earlier in the season.
As for early races up north, I\'m not a great fan of running so haven\'t looked into local races too much, but will find out some for you.
There\'s definitely a half-marathon in Blackpool in late Feb (27th I think), and I\'m going to force myself to do that.
Will post a list of other races soon. Happy training