In short: sun, sea, sweat and no sand In full: This was my 3rd BM and continues to be an excellent race. Very well organised, very positive outlook. Best bit was seeing the army of volunteers filling cups from bottles pre race...this new idea workled a treat but required lots of dedicated pouring! Think mile 9 a bit dodgy in terms of length but otherwise superbly put together. Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: Challenging but with excellent crowd support due to the hilly route and good scenery at the top. In full: Really like this route and am very impressed with the extent of some of the road closures to get such a good route. Really want the same route to be repeated year on year to see improvements. The crowds were excellent and city centre finish is great. Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: Fab scenery, great downhills, logistics need sorting! In full: Generally positive feelings about this race, as - unexpectedly - I achieved a PB. Uphill early in the race was really hard, but great scenery at the top was uplifting, and the downhills helped me claw back the time. But signage, toilets and especially baggage buses really need sorting out...an hour in a freezing wind tunnel waiting for our bags took the glow off the event (especially as the bags were eventually just chucked off the bus for us to sort ourselves). Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: my 6th Brighton marathon. yes I'll be back next year In full: Agree with many of the comments, not easy drinking out of a cup. I understand your reasoning but can we have smaller bottles next year. Didn't see any pacers during the race even the quick ones passing me on the other side of the barriers. The Expo was not as good as previous years. Fortunately I had made my own pace band. Yes I've done each one and have registered for next year. I liked the saucony message at 23 miles. Gave me a boost seeing my husband give me the hurry on so we could go to the pub. I don't mind the Shoreham section, makes a change from houses. Wasn't my best year but won't go in to details why. Let's just say I may need immodium next year. As always a great thank you to all those people who gave up their Sunday to guide us round, give us drinks and be there in case of injury. And of course a great big thank you to the people of Brighton who cheer, encourage and support us during the race each year. Be proud Brighton you did good. Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Great race, loved it. Minor problems with organisation, hopefully sorted out for next year. In full: Park and ride transport was good idea but no signs to help tell you where to go. Toilets and baggage issues as before. Special race because of the route. Nice t shirt and medal! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Challenging But Fun In full: A few tough climbs. The strong head winds this year didn't make it easier but enjoyed every bit of it. Very friendly and fantastic organisation. Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Third time for me, friendly and well organised In full: As the other times I've done this, very friendly supportive marshalls, well organised. Nice goody bag at the finish (and nice medal). Looking forward to the next one. Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Not a bad effort considering new race In full: Issues with start and baggage collection apart from that it was well organised with plenty of drinks and closed roads. The undulating hills of Sheffield made it an interesting half with a city centre start then off out into the peak district and back to the city. Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Excellent for first timer In full: 2 days after the race and I'm still buzzing. What an amazing experience. It was tough and I had to dig very deep, but that's a marathon for you. The atmosphere and organisation were amazing, so many smiling and helpful volunteers and the people of Brighton and Hove welcomed us all with open arms and cheered us all the way. If you're looking for a marathon for your first time, look no further! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Much improved In full: Lack of loos was clear (surely they have ratio they work to?) and I'm glad I had not entrusted my bag to them. Also I didn't see many distance markers which was a surprise( the clearest ones were on the way back as part of the 10k 'race'. Not sure what the King of Hill or10k really added either. All that said, the crowds were amazing, almost like when the tour came to town. The course was like an extreme version if the Leeds one IMO do it needs a lot of training if you want to enjoy it. Great effort! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Good atmosphere and race route spoiled by stupidity... Has anyone mentioned the cups!!!!! In full: First marathon for a while, so was (slightly) relieved to not get a London place, so as to return at a smaller event. However, for quite an expensive race, it was ruined by some poorly thought out planning, the biggest of which was the decision to supply both water and Gatorade in cups!
Do the organisers not run??? Everyone knows that cups are a pain in the ar*e at the best of times, let alone whilst trying to hold race pace after 21 miles or so!
I know Brighton tries to green but surely THE PRIORITY MUST BE TO ENSURE THAT THE RUNNERS STAY HYDRATED, ESPECIALLY ON A HOT DAY???
Had i known this beforehand, i wouldn't have entered as, if memory serves me correctly, it has been hot every year at this event, so to take this decision a short time beforehand smacks of penny pinching, as well as appearing underhand.
As if to rub salt in the wounds, just after 4 miles, my wife gave me a pre-planned bottle of Gatorade, only to find a fuel station no more than a mile further on dishing out Gatorade bottles! Where's the consistency?
Further on, i had to resort to the cups, and subsequently spilled sticky energy drink all down myself... Not pleasant when combined with the whiff of fish around the power station!
As previously mentioned, Expo was flat, with very little of interest, although the video message idea was a good one.
On the plus side, the crowds were great and the course not too bad apart from the power station section.
In summary, could/should be great but too expensive and ruined by some ill thought out decision making.
In short: Follow the River to a New PB! In full: Looked forward to this one as its local to me. Loved the course with its river views. Use this course for my training runs but went faster with more runners around me and the wonderful marshals who were very energetic especially the last 3K when I needed encouragement. Welcome banana and goodies at end. will be back for sure! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Amazing Support as always In full: 5th year in a row at Brighton and it is a great event
The best thing is the crowd support which is amazing, especially the final 3 miles. The course is good and whilst the Power station section isn't great it is pretty well supported in that part now so isn't too hideous!
One major negative and a couple of minor ones CUPS - Please go back to pouches or use small bottles. They are a nightmare to use. Expo - Felt quite flat this year, we always make a weekend of it so don't mind too much having to go there to collect race numbers but must be pretty frustrating for some people. Start Pens - Could do with a few more variants. Always feels like there is too big a range of times in the same pen, leads to a very slow 1st mile.
Overall a great event, but please please please get rid of the cups! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: One of my favourites slightly let down this year! In full: Love this race and the sunny weather really shows the scenery off. Friendly marshalls and local support makes this a pleasure to run. The route changes that had to be made this year seem to have foxed the organisers. I also found to route 1/5th of a mile longer than a HM and the start coral was too cramped. I'll still do it next year though ;-) Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: My favourite race yet! Support was overwhelming and I loved the three different competitions - half marathon, king of the hill and the 10k sprint section... great idea! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: For the money I expect perfection In full: There are lots of positives to this event as is seen by the reviews and the amount of people running it. But little details become significant when the price is so steep. Cups - seriously? But still handing out bottles of gatorade? Where's the consistency in the decision making process. And some of the water stations did not have a clue what they were doing. Toilets - No where near enough at the start with massive queues and people missing the start T-shirt - let's be honest it's unattractive and crap quality. It's already top of the 'wear to keep warm and then bin at the start line pile' Expo - why do you have to travel to collect the number. It's an added expense and inconvenience for anybody not staying over. I know why they do it in london, but this isn't VLM. And they ran out of pace bands by Saturday and the souviner technical tee-shirts were pretty much gone by 2.30 on the Friday - absoulute joke I've focussed on the negatives, I actually really enjoyed it. The support was fantastic Ultimately for near enough £70 I expect very few negatives and certainly not ones that in the main suggesrt the organisers are cost cutting.
In short: A lovely Race, nearly a PB course and great organisation In full: A very well organised 10 miler, good scenic course which is very managed in spite of the traffic on a few bits of road. Nice T shirt and the end, chip timed and a go finish on a tartan track so you can have a go at a sprint finish without feeling like your legs are going to come of. Car parking at venue can be tricky to get out of but parking in town solves that issue. Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Lovely Seaside Marathon In full: This was my second consecutive year of running the Brighton Marathon and I enjoyed it even more than last year (when I also ran London the following week). The atmosphere was fantastic with great crowd support (with the exception of a few thoughtless folk who thought that they would ignore the crossing points).
It was a little warmer than last year but the sea breeze was very refreshing.
I echo the comments of some other reviewers though:
- The toilet situation at the start really is inadequate. If it is not possible to have more then perhaps a prioritisation system for runners could be introduced to reduce the number of people narrowly missing the start due to the extensive queues.
- Number collection the day before really is frustrating. In spite of taking ID, I was still given the incorrect race number last year, adding to my pre-race stress. This year I received the correct number but there were no pacing bands left by Saturday afternoon, which was a little annoying.
- The cups were a real pain. After a few water stations I determined that it was not possible to drink whilst running and resorted to stopping and walking in order to take on some much-needed fluid in the heat. I also managed to pick up a couple of empty cups, which was frustrating.
Only minor niggles though as the fantastic crowd support (based on my experience last year, I think it was easily on a par with London) and beautiful scenery more than makes up for these. Even the dreaded power station leg is not too bad when you are expecting it (although I could've done without the diesel fumes!).
All in all, a great race and if I hadn't promised my family that I won't do any more marathons, I would definitely be back next year! Date of review: April 14, 2015