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
In short: A dream race, flat course and superb atmosphere In full: I thought that this was a great race from start to finish. The pre race info was thorough and detailed. Parking was fine for me but I heard that there were some thieves that stole signs and set up a bogus car park - resourceful but not nice. Loads of loos at the start, easy to find the start. The course is something else with amazing support all the way along. This is definitely the friendliest crowd and they keep you going. loads of water and gels and an awesome medal and T-shirt. Definitely recommend Date of review: April 8, 2014
In short: Superb crowds on flat course with little character In full: Lots of support and excellent marshals, but the mood didn't quite lift. Large amount of out-and-back side-by-side running made you constantly aware of how many were ahead. Some windy sections but mostly flat or very slight gradients. Would have appreciated more gels/food on course. A jumble at the end: crowded funnels of people. No technical T-shirt (unlike Frankfurt and Chester). Date of review: April 8, 2014
In full: The Finish line great but then had to stand for about 30mins for bag with a mars bar then stand in and wait for a T shirt , then move a foot or two and undo race tag then medal , suggest put all in one bag with a bottle of water and tell runners to start undoing tags as soon as crossed finish line. I collected race tag just before start and noted lots on entrants not turned up which is a shame because potential runners denied a place , Car parking terrible organisation , First to get there turned away and sent to overflow carpark area;s . People turning up later parked right near starting point , fairs fair , get there early to park and get sorted you should get the the first parking spaces. Will still do race again and hope there is someone taking note of feedback or else its pointless . Date of review: April 8, 2014
In short: Shame about the course change, and lack of loos at start a joke In full: What would have been quite a pretty course changed a day or two before to a course mostly along quiet suburban streets, with plenty of kerbs etc. Flat, so flattering to your time :)
Really friendly marshalls, who were smiling through the rain and very encouraging.
Two (gents) loos at start a bit of a joke considering entry limit was 2500 (!), luckily only 350 or so started. No coffee/cafe at start contrary to race details. Overall, not one of most professionally organised events.