In short: Superb in every way In full: My wife brought me an entry for the 10k race as something different for my birthday. This is the first time I have gone to event like this and was immediately surprised by the friendliness of the runners and staff and the relaxed vibe about the place. The organisation was slick and everything was very well managed and coordinated.
From looking on the website I saw that there was quite a bit of elevation gain at the start and also that the second part of the race was all downhill, this was going to be quite different from a Hants League XC race!
The start of the race was interesting with a competitor and completer type system going on and very few of us stepping up. Just before we set off I found myself in the second row, fine for what i'm used two but perhaps not here!?
My fears were ill founded as we headed off along a beautiful river and then up quite a steep path onto the cliff path. The views were absolutely stunning and although windy the day was fantastically clear and bright.
The next section was nice, pretty much flat on grass before turning onto a path going through some heather and up to the high point.
I gave a stone to the Cairn God then leathered it back down to a checkpoint (another new experience). Once crossing the road the decent got a little steeper and I found myself having to ease off a bit but again, terrific fun.
Once off the hill the decent continued through some woods on a lovely dried earth trail. It was at this point the trail gods grabbed the newbie by the foot and I stacked it face first into the earth. The gent behind stopped check I was ok (yet another new experience) before passing. I dusted myself off, absolutely fine and pressed on. On the slightly flatter parts of the decent I was flying but there were a couple more sections where I was out of my depth.
Once down there was a pleasant path before breaking out onto the road and back to the start, finishing 22nd.
I left the event on a real high feeling like I had discovered a whole new type of running... and a hole new type of event!
Later on I released that I tend to enter paid events organised by running clubs or rotary clubs and avoid commercially organised companies thinking they were a rip off.
I think in the case of Endurancelife that would be rather unfair. The course and organisation were faultless.
For your hard cash (I think my wife paid around £30) you got a good quality, and trendy Polyester shirt with Endurancelife branding, a decent medal, some energy bars and free parking. I would argue that that represents very good value for money.
They had also clearly worked closely with the National Trust and there was another event the next day to get involved in some path repairs, what a superb idea.
My only observations were that the drop of point system didn't really work as the road was too narrow.
The second one was the thorny issue of race photography. My view is hire a photographer, absorb the cost into the entry and release free photos with strong event organisers branding. We all like photos and the likelihood is that they will end up on social media and there you have a fantastic form off free advertising.
All in all tip top, I will be keeping an eye out to see if the CTS will return to Doreset next year, and if it does I will be there! Date of review: April 18, 2015
In short: Great race diabolical for disabled spectators In full: First the good bit... What an awesome race! This was my first full marathon and it was brilliant. Smashed my planned time of 4 hours by 30 minutes (completed it in 3:30 so was VERY pleased!). The actual event was very well organised and it was very easy to find everything. The water stations had cups of water which were a great idea in theory but near impossible to drink whilst running. This was handy for washing your hands with after the inevitable sticky mess gels leave though. The sports drink of choice was gatorade and barring one station, this was also dispensed in cups - pretty tricky not making a mess of yourself with that. The cups did seem a good idea though as the one station that was handing out gatorade in bottles had a HUGE amount of wastage (with near full or half empty bottles strewn around). The crowd support was truly awesome too!! After heading out to the east the course did a loop at Ovingdean and then headed back west, going back through town along the seafront. There were crowds all along the route (even up near the industrial area in the west) but the main concentration is around the pier area and heading back in was where the support REALLY started. It felt AMAZING coming back in to town where the crowds were shouting and cheering encouragement and I defy anyone not to get carried away with the atmosphere at that point. There are no doubt loads of reviews and in-depth details about the actual route so I’ll not go on about that bit. In all, it was an superb course with a few minor slopes (slopes, not hills!) and great all round support. Now the bad bit… Pretty much all of this is unrelated to the marathon organisation itself but with Brighton and Hove council! My wife and young son wanted to come with me as it was my first marathon. My wife is disabled so usually uses a wheelchair. However, due to the distances she wasn’t able to use that and we chose to use her small electric scooter. This isn’t one of the large sort you see trundling down main roads but the small sort – smaller than many you see in shopping centres. AFTER booking the park and ride (highly recommended if you’re able bodied!) we found they don’t allow motorised scooters. So £20 down the drain! After a huge amount or research (involving calling the local police and ignored emails from the council) we found the best way forward was to book a space in one of the NCP car parks in town. This was around 2.5 miles from the start line so my wife had to drop me off at the park and ride, then go on to the NCP car park. On the way back, we then had the issue of getting across the course back in to the car park. I really believe town planners and higher council staff should be made to spend 2 weeks in a wheel chair navigating their town and shopping. It’s all well and good saying there is “disabled access” but just because there’s a ramp it doesn’t make a place accessible – guys, a long really steep ramp isn’t easy in a wheel chair!! You need to try using a ramp like this before you can understand my point and ignore these abled bodied ‘experts’ that claim they know what they’re talking about. If there is anyone else out there doing Brighton for the first time and bringing a disabled spectator with them, here’s some information that may help: 1. You’ll need to get to the start area or they’ll need to get to the finish line/area. If you have somebody that can walk the 2 miles from the start area to the finish area or push a wheelchair that distance fine, no problems. Take the park and ride to Preston Park and they can make their way to the seafront. If they can’t make that distance but you’re happy to walk/cycle/jog 2 miles before the race you can take them in to town (before 07:00) and drop them off. If you have time, you could maybe even drive back to the park and ride yourself. 2. At the end of the race, you’ll need to get back to your car. You’ll obviously be tired so take into consideration where you’re parking when you get to the START. 3. We parked in the Russell Road NCP car park and booked the space online. That’s right next to the exhibition centre and dead easy to find. 4. To get from the seafront side of the course to the car park side (heading south to north effectively) you need to use one of the crossing points (which are quite a way up the course heading west) or the subway tunnel. This has a REALLY steep slope both getting down to it and going through it. 5. The crowds aren’t too bad to navigate through – although on the beach village near the finish line it’s very crowded. If you have questions about this, post a reply and provided I see the reply I’ll send you a message. In summary, the event is really good! It would be very helpful though if the marathon organisers had some kind of ‘disabled visitor liaison’ specifically for questions like this. I’m sure I wasn’t the only people running this that has disabled family members that wanted to spectate… I did try asking questions via email but every time was either ignored or simply directed to the ‘Essential Guide’ which “has everything you need to know about the event” – hmmmm…. Date of review: April 17, 2015
In short: Excellent, again In full: Fabulous low-key event retains its charm. Does exactly what is promised - follows the coast path, up and up and up. The promised wet weather and 50mph winds didn't materialise (thankfully) but meant I was carrying more spare kit than I needed. But yet again, a glorious run with friendly banter amongst runners and marshals and a pub at the finish line. Date of review: April 16, 2015
In short: Fabulous, a real must-do race. In full: Been on my wish-list for ages and finally got round to it this year. Absolutely outstanding race overall. Scenery defies description. Great party atmosphere. Great location. Great hills. I did the half. Was a real buzz. Lower PB/beginner friendly scores only because of the hills - don't come here for flat racing. Despite description I would say not as tough as their Dorset race. Value is good despite being on the slightly pricey side just because of the generally excellent organisation - you get what you pay for. Only one minor downside to organisation was could do with perhaps considering a one-way traffic system, or even a no-traffic system, at the HQ. But stay at the pub long enough afterwards and it doesn't matter. Date of review: April 16, 2015
In short: better last year. In full: Iran this race last year and was impressed this year would of been equally as good if they hadn't changed the water stations from bottles to cups it was hard to tell if you was getting energy drink or just water and drinking from a cup is hardly ideal. please bring the bottles back. Date of review: April 16, 2015
In short: First 5 miles were a tough steady climb out of the city then, once I had regained feeling in my legs, it was plain sailing, would have been a LOT easier without the wind!! Date of review: April 16, 2015
In short: 1st marathon..now I want to enter more. In full: Spent the week leading up to this race convincing myself that I wasn't going to finish and my training plan had been completely wrong. However from the word go the crowd support got rid of any doubts and helped me get through the race well under my 4 hour target. I agree with other comments regarding the disappointing Expo, water in cups, and the odd bottleneck which messed up pacing a little but all in all I had a great run in fantastic weather (too fantastic even!) and will definately return. Hopefully Brighton's Sunday bus timetable will have improved by then... Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: Challenging but very friendly and well organised. In full: My first half marathon. Really well organised and marshalled, so felt comfortable despite being a new distance. Even though I found the hills hard it was a great one to start on. Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: A bit on the average side of average. In full: These ratings are all very subjective, each entitled to their own opinion and those can be effected by their own expectations, previous experiences and many other factors, not just the race or organisation. I took a few days to consider how i felt about this event and ny comments reflect my own personal opinion, some will agree others not. This was my 5th different marathon and the support from the crowds was the best i have experienced but I fell slightly jaded and let down by the event organisation which for the size and profile of the event should have been a lot better. The course is supporter friendly with runners passing through the same point several times making life easy for runners to be seen at different places all along the route. I wasn't too concerned about water in cups, there was plenty about and preparing for the heat I had also carried a small bottle to fill up along the way. I found the use of headphones, people stopping in the middle of the road to take selfies, camera sticks and the gatorade to be far more objectionable. The Expo was a bit of a farce, had no choice but to travel down the day before to pick up numbers and pay extortionate hotel prices, it would have been good if the expo had at least something to offer and pass the time in. Toilet facilities at the start were poor and the people handling baggage didnt really have much of a clue - leaving runners to drop their own bags behind the railing rather than taking them off and actually checking numbers to runners. Slight bottlenecks at a few points around the course - not helped by those selfie takers with no thought for others. Nothing really remarkable along the route, quite enjoyed the road to hell as it marked the 10k to home point, although having the commentary on the screen saying that it was only 3 miles to the finish might have confused some runners at the start of the road. The finish itself was a bit of an anticlimax, we shouldn't expect great rewards but given the entry fee I feel that the orgainisers could have done better than the poor quality T-Shirt ( even the volunteers thought they were bad and slightly embarrased to be handing them out ) a banana, chocolate biscuit a bottle of gluggy gatorade and standard quality medal. The baggage at the finish was not great, some bags left on the lorry others on the floor, not in any particular order and volunteers not able to locate easily. Then the long walk to the meeting point followed by every marathon runners nightmare steps, hundreds of them, back up to the sea road searching for somewhere to sit down and have a drink. I guess that there was an Aladins cave of wonder in the tent at the end of the exit walkway, unfortunately it didn't seem that easy to get into. At least there wasn't an old lady driving her car towards the runners. Date of review: April 15, 2015
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