In short: Potentially the Rival of Hastings - But needs a bit more orginisation. In full: Ok ill start with a confession, I arrived late for the race with 1hours sleep and still completely drunk. In fact I arrived after it had started. I was there 13mins after the clock start time so ran the first mile and a half in competition with cars until I got on to the seafront, entirely my fault. It was at that point reality set in with me feeling understandably a bit sick, my head hurting and realizing id have to run past shit loads fatties (enough respect to all of them, hell if I was running over 2.5hours I wouldn’t enter. And after all of that when I finally saw my first distance marker, 4miles I think it was I realized how shit the weather really was, must have been sobering up at that point. Despite this the route was nice and wide and allowed for easy overtaking along the seafront, was tight around the marina, but that’s a short section.
Has to be said though the wind was a big factor, after the marina you turn around and head east back to the pier and past maderna drive, and the wind was zipping in your face with full blown rain. There were water stops, not that you needed them all you had to do was open your mouth on route to get a drink. Despite this the first six miles went fine as a result of the masses of people out in support despite the weather, which says it all. + medical assistance was everywhere with many of my colleagues from Brighton and Sussex medical school and uni of Brighton St Johns ambulance, not to mention regular St Johns ambulance. A big thank you to all of you.
Sadly things went down hill from mile 7 on with the uphill, not to bad on its own but a killer with the gale blowing in your face. This 3-4 mile stint was a solitary affair with nothing except fields on one side and the sea on the other. And then yes the mud. By the time I got there I had moved well up the field and according to the clock time at the end I guess about 800 or so people had gone past it, and it was bad. It can only have gotten worse for the other runners. Admittedly there was a flat part of the path which you could run on, but that resembled more of mud slide than a half marathon route. The result was you ended up running on the verge which people have mentioned put one heck a strain on your ankles and tendons.
After that section things picked up though as you got back on the sea front and the atmosphere was buzzing, just what you need at the end of a race like that. And the finish area was extremely well organized with foil blankets given to all, bananas + water, hot soup and hot chocolate, a free massage physio tent and everything else you might expect.
By the end of the race I had over taken 1600 other runners just going to show how good the route could be without the muddy section. As for the start, I wasn’t there admittedly but surly they could adopt the same system they use in Hastings with runners standing at markers dependant on their predicted times. This seemed to work a treat this year at Hastings half with even more runners than at Brighton.
I just hope the organizers sort out these little issues because apart from those, the event In my opinion has the potential to rival Hastings which is no mean feat.
In short: A PB on a Challenging course. Use of timing chips a bit of a question. In full: An undulating course but with PB potential. The use of a timing chip was a bit miss leading when it was from gun to finish and not mat to mat. Start a little tight but once the race got going things spread out well. Not totally traffic free but well marshalled. Water stations well spaced out and a good size water bottle and plenty for all runners and bananas and water at the finish with a t-shirt and medal well worth the trip and thumbs up for value for money. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: got me looking for my next half & even full marathon In full: well organised,enjoyed the course & support along the way.only been running 2 months so it was 1st race and i may now be hooked.managed to beat 8min mile target time as well. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: An enjoyable race which I will do again. In full: Posted a PB by over 7 minutes and finished in the top 40. To the guy that mentioned going down Parliment Street as me and my companion flew past everyone "You won't be running up so fast", the idea is that going as fast as possible downhill will compensate for slowing up on the way back. And I can't remember anyone passing us from about mile one onwards so the tactics do work. Also congratulations to all of you who finished on Sunday. The nice thing about running is that everything you do is special to you. 1/2 marathons are not easy so you all give yourselves a massive pat on the back. YOU DESERVE IT!! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Great day, enjoyed every minute. In full: Enjoyed it much better than Silverstone which I ran in 2004. Excellent atmosphere and course. Only slight downside as mentioned elsewhere was the wait for bags at the end. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Well organised run, great for new & experienced half marathon runners In full: A most enjoyable run if you're an F1 fan, running on this great circuit. An enjoyable run if you're not an F1 fan. Exceptionally well organised with loads of marshalls and support all the way around and enough drinks dished out throughout the course to keep you going. I really enjoyed it, and got myself a PB, knocking 20 minutes off my Great North Run time. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Fantastic. In full: I made a 400 mile plus round trip to do this race, and I'm very glad I did! Having been scared stiff before the start by all the talk of "the climb" at 3 miles I was pleasantly surprised to come home only 8 minutes over my PB, set on a flat course. I'll never complain of wind in a race again (well, not that sort of wind at least). Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Excellent test; a privilege to run in such beautiful surroundings In full: One moan - water station on mile 4. You really don't want to be gulping water before a nasty slope! The local support was brilliant. I train on the course and never get bored of running around it; purely on location. Well done everybody concerned. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Friendly atmosphere, challenging hill! In full: Once you have done the first lap, running up that hill twice more seems gruelling but if you enjoy a race with a bit of an extra challenge this is very enjoyable and has definate pb potential. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Ideal pre marathon warm up race In full: Very well organised race round a not too challenging rural course. Watch out for the fast downhill first mile and a half if you are trying out your marathon pace. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Beat my pb in a big way but SO disappointed to find out afterwards that its not a full 10k! In full: Well-organised race and organisers were encouraging and cheerful - not much encouragement from the marshals on the course though, perhaps they were just too cold! Also – why does it take so long to publish the official results? Its late Tuesday evening and they still haven’t been published. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Uphill lasts for 9 miles, there's a thought... In full: With the poor organisation surrounding the water stations, it really left me on a downer. The scenery was beautiful and the welcome was friendly, if only they could have made more effort in informing all about the distance of the water stations. I am a seasoned runner who also takes all the responsibility for not carrying any water. I would suggest there are better races to start for beginners. Date of review: March 21, 2006