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
In short: Great support, awesome water packets and perfect weather but why the stupid corner? In full: This is a great race. I've run the London Marathon which is obviously special but Brighton really does turn out for this and make it an equivalent experience. The water is plentiful, the gels and energy drinks regular and the sea front finish exhilarating.
Two smalls gripes:
1. Who's stupid idea was it to have a very narrow right hand corner within a few metres of the start. It resulted in me walking round it and a starting mile a minute slower than the others.
2. Please just shell out for some more toilets, particularly on route.
With this I think this could be my perfect race. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: PB Smashed In full: Well i smashed my PB by 20 mins+ to get down below 3:12 and the majority of the day was excellent. Just a couple of issues that could be improved: 1. Water stations - never experienced chaos like it, these areas needs to be stretched out so not everyone is trying to get them at the same spot and more people need to man these. I virtually had to stop at each station to get one to avoid being tripped. 2. Marker signs - the mile markers and signs for impending water stations need to be bigger. Heard alot of people saying they hadnt seen them and I missed quite a few.
Other than that it was perfect Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Good in general In full: Certainly good for PBs as others have said - yes it is fast and almost entirely flat (small incline at about 12 miles is about it really).
A few negatives
- Mile markers were very disappointing, I saw very few of them even when I was looking out for them. It wouldn't take much more effort to make them huge and obvious, like some other races do. It made pacing a bit difficult, particularly as when I did see the markers they were coming up slightly short against the Garmin. (For future reference for anyone interested, half way on my Garmin was 13.01 miles, total distance was 25.94 miles - I'm sure the course is correct, but it's unusual to find a course which measures 1% short on the GPS, I usually find it's the other way round)
- water pouches were indeed hard to open but I usually got something out in the end. Not unique to this race though, they seem quite popular in quite a few races now.
- parking arrangements were a bit of a fiasco, no directions to car parks in the race booklet, roads all closed on the morning.
But will I do it again? If I want to go PB hunting again and can't get into London, then probably yes. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Great organisation, atmosphere & volunteers, but please just post the race pack! In full: Very well organised, great atmosphere, great route. Seemed a shortage of "sit-down" toilets at Preston Park, glad i could use the urinals! Please please please just post the race packs or add an option for us to pay for that. The Green/Carbon argument is weak, i drove 120 mile roundtrip to pick mine up!!! I would have paid £5-10 to avoid that. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation In full: A very well organised event. Lots of water / gatorade and an improved course. Enjoyable expo and early bird places for 2015 helps reduced the cost nicely, good twitter feed and prompt to respond to queries Date of review: April 9, 2014