In short: Friendly out and back run. In full: Did not like being made to travel twice once on Friday and again Sunday. The expo was poor. Race day people of Brighton were great, marshals fantastic. It is a good big event. I had some fantastic fish and chimps on the front - just fantastic. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Worth the long trip. In full: My 3rd Manchester Marathon and certainly not my last. Deffo a PB course but unfortunately not for me this year after hitting the wall on mile 15-16, the support along the route really is something and the marshals were once again fantastic. I'll be back. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Great race but still room for improvements In full: This was my 5th BM. They still haven't sorted the toilets at the start. There is loads of room to double the amount. I would almost 50% of people at the start were queuing for the loos. The replacement for the Rottingdean hill for another hill?? And in dull street. A seaside marathon should be run on the seaside. Cheap cotton shirt and a pathetic goody bag (1 pack of biscuits). Crowds were great. Water stations well managed, marshals fantastic (they always are) Paula Radcliff!!! Great support races with the mini mile the day before & 10k b4 the marathon. On the whole a great race, I'm back next year for sure. But there are still room for improvements some that should really have been sorted by now. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Brighton - the city that loves it's Marathon In full: The stand out feature of Brighton is the atmosphere; the crowds are noisy and line the route in numbers. The organisation is good too, I collected by kit bag in seconds and whilst the beach finish area was crowded, it was easy to find friends at the end. You can't deny the wriggly, out and back nature of the course but Brighton is bordered by the sea on one side and the South Downs National Park on the other. A compact route is the only way to avoid the steep hills around the north of the city. I had a fantastic day and have already booked my place for 2015 Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Easy course but too many out and backs In full: Organisation spot on but desperate need for more loos/urinals at start. Main complaint is,given amount of beautiful scenery at their disposal, we had to do lots of v depressing out and back stretches. By far the worst bit being mile 13-18 which reduced me to tears of frustration. Flat but dull. Amazing crowds who really pull out the stops to get you through. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Flat but windy In full: Had to miss this race last year with a chest infection so glad to make it to the start line in one piece. Directions to the car park were great and short walk to the start. Race itself was very nice but must have slowed down quite a bit near the end as not as quick a time as I'd expected but likely down to the strong wind. Only issue I had was finding the car park afterwards as it's quite a way from the start but partly my fault for not looking into this before the race. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: First half marathon - Brilliant! In full: This was my first half marathon, I loved the atmosphere and seeing the marathoners come round after their first lap while waiting at the start line - I have a lot of admiration for them! I expect the hills on the second lap seem worse! I wasn't looking forward to the first half as it is more hilly than I am used to running but I ran this faster than the second half, loved the support along the way, excellent marshalling, water stops - could have done with more than water near the end though. The second half was more scenic but there was a head wind which I struggled with- needed someone running in front of me! The last few miles were on a footpath alongside single carriageway, would have been nice on training run but really dragged in race, no support along here, needed someone to kick me up the back side as I wanted to walk. Great Medal, excellent organisation, pleased with time of 1:46 Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Big enough to feel like a big but not overwhelming...that's what she said. In full: My worst ever marathon, and only my second...felt fit to pass out at 12.5M and was sick en route...yet a PB and can't wait to come back next year. Lots of water available on course which was great, not sure about the pouches though - probably a knack to it I was unable to master. Route was good, out & backs quite handy to gauge how far ahead the runners on the other side of the road were - although on occasion best not to ask. Great support from my charity team - Scope. I will definitely be back next year as early bird entry already done. Only thing I would love to see next year is a technical tee for the finishers. Please. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: First marathon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In full: With this being my first marathon i hoped it would be special and it certainly lived up to the hype I'd read. The crowds were amazing and encouraged you every step of the way. I'd heard about the power station section being tough but it wasn't that bad and a number of supporters had managed to sneak in and keep the support going. The only negatives for me was the finish area where it took an age to walk through all the members of the public coming towards all the marathon finishers and the cotton finishers t-shirt. The medal is great! Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Flat and fast with great atmosphere - did Manchester proud In full: Perfect running weather and a truly flat and fast course meant I smashed 12 mins off my PB. Great support all the way round (except the more rural section in Carrington) with bands and choirs to provide entertainment all made for a nice friendly atmosphere. Agree with the comments re signage (particularly at the start) and the mile markers in the latter stages seemed to be out by c0.2m but all in all a great race which I would definitely run again. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Nice One! In full: A 10K race that follows a grassy path for the most part but is pretty flat & has potential! In very wet weather this might be a very slippery course but fortunately the day was good this year & overall a very enjoyable experience. Very supportive marshalls on the course (big pat on the back!) Giving out bottles of water at the 5K drinks station was perhaps rather excessive plastic cups would suffice & waste less H20! I will return to try & beat my time. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation and the Mancs make it so special! In full: My first ever marathon run around the street i live on, it couldn't have been more special. I thought the organisation on the day was top notch and the support from the crowds was outstanding and extremely motivational.
The scenery isnt the best, but its where i live, so i gave it 4!
I would like to do other marathons but I will definitely be back to my hometown marathon one day. I hope this race continues to grow and grow.
In short: not an alternative to london others better In full: my second time at Brighton and to be honest i don't think any lessons have been learned from the past.. firstly toilets, simply not enough at the start, Pens, 3:15 to 4 hr is too broad a span for the red pen, a minute and a half a mile variance resulted in a log jam occurring in the first mile in the narrow roads. The water pouches were never opened sufficiently and i ended up tearing at them with my teeth to open them. The course itself apart from the first few miles is rather boring, three out and backs with by far the worse one being to Hove, it is simply never ending and completely soul destroying. Also running around a dock is not the most scenic nor fresh smelling location.. The support in the town itself and on the front in the central area was fantastic as always, yet i crossed the line feeling slightly let down by the whole experience.. Then to top it off a nice medal but a very poor quality cotton T shirt to end up being thrown in a drawer never to be used again.. Technical T shirt PLEASE! Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: This one improved as the course went on In full: Main issues were 1. lack of enough sit-down toilets at the start, including the "VIP" area. 2. Course was too narrow coming out of Preston Park, and too congested/narrow for first three miles. Too many runners starting in advance of their realistic running position. Most of the rest was very good indeed. Good supplies of water, gatorade and gels. Nice weather for running, but the overcast skies subdued the crowds until the afternoon. When the sun came out, the wind was at my back and the support was much better. Very pleasant last few miles. Date of review: April 9, 2014