In short: Tough but enjoyable In full: Was anyone running up the steeper hills? I was a bit slower than I thought I would be but it was my first time. If you get caught towards the back then the first mile or so is slow because of the density of runners, however that may not be such a bad thing as there is more to come. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Fairly steep hill near beginning sorts the men from the boys In full: I think 2005 was first year of run. This was also my first race. Flat start fooled me into running too fast so short steep hill put me in my place; glad to see water station at top. Tape marking part of course had been removed by some young lads so I missed out the undulating section around the nine springs and recorded a very respectable time (for me). Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: The mud was welcome under my feet as it meant no more cold wind in my face! In full: So it wasn't a perfect day but I admired the people who came out to cheer us, the runners, on. I agree with other runners, the guy cheering you on near the lagoon was very enthusiastic and much appreciated.
As for PB potential, I took nearly 20 minutes of my GNR time. Give me mud, wind and rain as opposed to people any time.
The organisers deserve special thanks as the amount of effort they put in to raise the heights of bollards with cardboard, roping off dangerous areas etc was exceptional. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: The weather made it a challenging event. In full: The double wave start was a good idea, but there did not appear to be a finish time guide for people to start by. Also the start area width was a bit too narrow. The 1st half of the course was good and the 2nd half a quite undulating & made harder by the wind and rain. The grassy/muddy track on the return was 'interesting'. All this said it was a well organised day with plenty of shelter from the wind & rain and a traffic free warm up area. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: I like to run beside the seaside In full: A staggered start made it easy to get away, and meant that the first few hundred yards thinned the crowds nicely. A really flat and fast out section along the top of the sea wall with the wind at everyone's backs was good fun, but a long return leg into the wind and up a few hills was a bit of a slog. Enjoyed the whole event and lovely views, but a couple of minor things: the drinks tables could be longer as there isn't much space (even the same number of drinks marshalls, but more spread out would be good), and, as someone else has mentioned its a bit narrow in places, especially the muddy ones! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: looking for a long run at threshold pace with 15minute of steep hills , look on further !! , acurate course description on website , a challenging race esp with two big hill climbs within the first 2 miles , used a HR monitor to control my pace Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: 6 miles head-on to the elements!! In full: A superb race on Sunday, despite staying in one of Brighton's dodgiest hotels and getting about an hours sleep the night before! A proper challenge, made more so by the wind and rain but a real sense of acheivement afterwards. Only gripe would be the bottles of lovely Carpe Dieme should have been in the finish packs - not given out just before the two mile downhill cross country when you neeeded both hands free for balance and grabbing onto the fence!! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Warm people, nicely organised. In full: I really enjoyed this event the people were extremely freindly. I also liked the touch of our names on the back of the T-shirt and that the major was there to hand out medals, nice touch.
I will be back next year to improve my time. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Excellent bit of fresh air, and cold cold rain, oh so cold. In full: This is now an annual fixture for me - I thought they'd changed the route and dropped the hill at the end, but oh no, there it was, just as windy as last year with added rain and mud - excellent! Great to see the finish from so far away. Start much improved from last year with two waves - it was a bit of a squeeze before. Not enough crowd support to make it really special, but that's down to the weather. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Very nice race but shame about the cold weather (at least it didn't rain)! In full: I did this race as part of my preparation for the Liverpool half-marathon, and I'm glad I made the two-hour drive down from North Wales for it. It looked like a very prestigious event with the chip timing and the tarted up finish area - most impressive.
I was also very impressed with the cracking medal and it was a very nice touch to have the entrants' names on the back of the t-shirt.
The running shop marquee was also a blessing as I was able to pick up a pair of gloves since I'd left mine at home!
The course itself was a bit dull. It felt a bit bizarre to be running through the housing estate (at times it felt as if we were going through people's back gardens), and the burnt out car made me laugh before I had to make my way over the foam. Luckily, all the fast runners in front had tread a path through it!
I think an overnight stay would be the way forward if I come back next year! A very nice day all in all though, and a lovely hot shower at the gym near the end. Marvellous... Date of review: February 21, 2006