In short: lots of runners... In full: After the initial couple of miles there was plenty of space to breathe....even more so after the 10milers finished. A good course....not traffic free, but I had no problems with cars or cyclists - well marshalled. Enough water stations - but only water or glucose drinks in plastic cups. Toilet facilities at Start excellent - I arrived at 10.10am for the 10.30am Start...still had time to queue, use them, put my baggage in the (very basic) bag store and be at the start line before 10.25. In an ideal world there would be a tee-shirt to look forward to...
In short: My second time in a row, and I'll be back again! In full: Loved taking part in this race, again! We were helped by great weather, but I love the medal and the atmosphere of this race. The course is good and fast, the atmosphere fantastic and the marshalls and crowds are a credit to the city and the event.
I look forward to coming back for year 3 in 2015. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Not as intimidating as it seems In full: At first glance it seemed that the event was just catering for the faster club runners - and there certainly seemed to be a lot of those lining up and the fact that i appear on the last but one page of the results, despite just dipping under 3 hours, shows the quality of runners but in reality the organisers and Reading Roadrunners made everyone welcome. We had no problems with the car park - one of the first to arrive which we were quite surprised about - perhaps others weren't quite as organised or just didn't want to arrive more than an hour before the start. We were also one of the last to leave and the marshals still had a cheery attitude despite having had a long day. I guess that the impression you get at an event comes out of the way you approach it, all i can say is that i had one of the most enjoyable runs i can recall thanks to the company of those I was running with and that all the facilities were still open and although they started to start closing down 4 hours after the race start ( as noted in the race instructions ) there was still plenty of marshals and support about when my wife finished - slightly after the 4 hour mark. Would like to applaud the group of runners from Slinn Allstars who stayed at the finish long after most of the main field had finished to cheer on and encourage all of their members and every runner along the last few hundred metres to the finish as well as the support given by the marshals and Reading Roadrunners to those following the pack at a slightly slower pace. Making an event attaractive to non club runners has to come from those taking part, as well as the organising club, after all running 20 miles is a bit of a challenge for many. In this case the club appeared to be working hard to encourage and help those running their own race no matter what pace. That said a loo on the route would have been appreciated :) Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Lovely race In full: When I saw that this race had a 4 hour cut off, I did begin to regret entering it as I am a slow runner, however the race booklet also advised that if you thought you might take longer than 4 hours then to let them know - so I duly did that and was quite relieved to see that I wasn't the only name on the list.
I am really glad that I didn't back out as I loved it. Very friendly and encouraging marshals (in particular the marshal that encouraged runners up the hill as soon as she saw people appearing in the distance) - the vocal encouragement was much appreciated; good water stations; and good support. Definitely a recommended race. The gorgeous weather certainly was a bonus!
In short: Mixed bag In full: The race itself was pretty decent (nice terrain, only one relatively friendly hill, blessed with good weather) and ran smoothly. However, it felt like too much of the focus is on the 10 (I did the 20) and this made it a bit anticlimactic. I finished the 20 in about 3.25 (running it as an LSR as marathon training, as I imagine many are) and everyone was already packing up. Erm, that's pretty standard mid-pack marathon runner time...? I wouldn't fancy being a 5hr+ marathoner at this race. Was a bit underwhelmed by the goody bag (having got a medal and a nice tech tee from watford half a couple weeks earlier). Supposedly there were T shirts for sale with everyone's names on which might have helped this a bit, but they had sold out. Then tried to get a massage but got turfed out of the school at 4 - my boyfriend was one of the last to get a slot and he'd finished it in 2.51, hardly slouching...a lot of these problems could be avoided by starting the race at 9.30 and paying a bit more care to the 20 mile runners. I've got better value from a variety of half marathons so probably wouldn't do this race again unless I was marathon training and needed a 20 miler. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In full: I really enjoyed this race. I believe this was the first time it had been run as an official 10k. It was a bargain for the £12 fee with a great goodie bag, well organised and friendly atmosphere set within the lovely grounds of Harrow School. I've got to admit I was dreading taking part as i've not done much hill running and didn't find out until my race pack came through that we'd be tackling the legendary Football Lane twice! It was a very challenging hilly route, but there were lovely down hill sections as well. I wouldn't have contemplated this race as a complete beginner but despite my initial trepidation i really enjoyed it all the way through and the home made cakes were also a nice touch. Sometimes races consisting of a lot of club runners can be a bit intimidating for unattached or beginner runners, that was not the case here. I would definitely take part again. I've only one recommendation - i'd quite happily pay an extra £2 or so for chip timing and I think that would improve it even more. Thanks Metros! :) Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Great Race as always - good HQ, good course and great marshalls In full: Have done this for several years and it just gets better. HQ is outstanding, with hot drinks, plenty of toilets/changing and an nice atmosphere. Race is relatively flat and quiet, with just a bit on the road at the start. Marshalls are excellent and all deserve a pint! Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Great marshals and course. No small t-shirts so no race memento for me. In full: Enjoyable race mainly thanks to great enthusiastic marshals and lovely challenging route. For the second year running the small long sleeve t-shirts ran out. This was a real shame as they were a great race memento and not getting one (the other sizes being massive) made the race poor value for money for me.
In short: My first Half Marathon, Local race, Very popular, Lovely run by the sea, Fantastic support In full: This was my very first Half and being a local girl too it will be one I come back to year after year. I have only been running since last May so this is by far the biggest race I have been in. I know that road running in big crowds is not going to be my thing but this was a great race with some amazing support from the crowds and a fantastic medal at the finish. Bit boring from 8-10 miles as you head out of the crowds and a tough part of the race for me and for many i would think, but you pick the seafront and the crowds back up just after 10 miles as a lift for the last 3 miles home. Weather was stunning luckily but could be very tough in wind & rain as right on the coast. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Still plagued by organisation issues In full: Having done Brighton for a number of years now, I have to take issue with the people who say the organisation is much improved. The pre-race is quite chaotic as you have to fight your way through the crowds to reach the baggage trucks, which takes ages - letting only runners beyond the start would help (as would stopping people taking bikes/pushchairs etc into massive crowds...). The first stretch is extremely narrow and congested, which is to be expected, but then there's at least three further sections (of up to half a mile) where you simply can't run at your own pace because it's too narrow. I think it's unreasonable to quibble about this at the start, but when it comes to 4/5 miles, 6/7 miles and 12 miles, you're entitled to expect to run unencumbered. As mentioned, it's extremely expensive for what it is too. I'll be back because it's my local half but, if I didn't live in Brighton, I'm not sure I'd be making the effort. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Family feel, great race. In full: Not raced this one since 2009, really enjoyed it. Great marshalls and support long the route. Goody bag was perfect mith a nice medal, mars bar and an apple juice drink. Top marks to all those who organised the event, well done. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Challenging course, well run but a couple of unforseen glitches In full: This is a challenging but scenic course that is a great race in its own right but also good as a marathon workout. Marshals are great and the long sleeve top is very nice. The glitches were the lack of portaloos and the flooding of the changing rooms which meant no post race shower. Neither were the fault of the organisers, who did a great job. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: A beautiful course, very well run, over a challenging circuit - definitely one to enter! In full: The organisation was excellent (apart from the lorry carrying the portaloos breaking down on the way to the event!). Great long-sleeved top.
The course was challenging - clocked over 900ft of ascents over the 30k - but very beautiful. We were very lucky with the weather considering the recent rain. Loved the signs out on the course at every kilometre with a witty or sarcastic comment - my favourite was "It's all down hill from here. Apart from the up hill."
Very enthusiastic marshalls and frequent water stops. Great day! Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: super support off the public In full: good atmosphere, good route, no real hold-ups despite the large volume of runners. Well marshalled, very good support off the public and the park and ride scheme worked very well. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: A much improved race helped by glorious conditions In full: Although being local I have not done this event for 5 years as my experiences of the earlier event were extremely negative. However, well done to the organisers - this is a much improved event. Plenty of toilets at the start, really well-organised bag drop and pick-up - smooth throughout and even a medal at the end! A water station somewhere between 6 and 10 miles would have been good, but the conditions were perfect and I knocked 7 mins off my time so thrilled to get a pb of 1:45. Thanks to all the marshalls! Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Good fun with lots of mud, water and hills! In full: Good facilities at the start (and the free oat bar afterwards was appreciated!).
Race itself was pretty congested at the start, with a queue forming by midfield to make the initial turn through undergrowth onto the trail section and then again for the actual splash down and up the pretty muddy river banks, but after that it was fine and good fun. Felt like running through the Florida Everglades at time it was so wet! All good fun. Date of review: February 17, 2014