In short: I'm surprised Specksavers would put its name to such a badly organised event. In full: I am very angry about a number of aspects of this race. Firstly the organisation was the worst I have ever seen. I am confident that a group of primary school children could have planned a better race.
It was a complete shambles! The only positive thing was the presence of an ambulance crew who, much to my suprise were not needed. The route was very hazardous - running downhill in such slippery conditions as well as having to avoid people running at speed in the opposite direction.
After questioning the fact that myself and my friend had no recorded times, despite crossing the finish line together, I was informed that the finish times might be slightly inaccurate. It seems to me that the organisers, in trying to correct their inability to accurately measure 10k decided to add a few minutes to some of the finishing times in order to fool people into thinking they had indeed run that distance. The result being that now noone has an accurate time and some people were missed out altogether.
In terms of the entry fee, it has become apparent that those who registered online paid £11 whilst those who registered on the day paid £10. Why is this? I am confused as to which charities will be gaining from this event as it has never been made clear. I would also like to know what percentage of the entry fee will be going to charity as again that was not made clear.
I would suggest that Specksavers and the organisers donate every penny of the entry fees to charity as it is clear that nothing was spent on the organisation, there were no medals as promised and the goodie bags contained absolutely nothing that could be of any use to anybody.
I don't know who monitors this feedback but I think we all deserve some kind of explanation. It was an absolute shambles and to be quite honest, whether this was the fault of Specksavers or the organisers, the people that will suffer the most damage to their reputation is Specksavers. I suggest the company takes some steps into holding their organisers accountable. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Fantastic event with a great reputation that it always manages to maintain In full: For the last 1 hour of the event and the following 48 hours I (ie. my legs) hate the Beachy Head marathon - otherwise it's my favourite event of the year - by far! Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: good for beginners and elite alike In full: again, NOT FLAT!! I was lied to!! but enjoyable enough scenery and friendly marshalls. great goody bag, a mug and t-shirt! end mile=downhill was a bonus Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Directions to venue were very poor but once there everything else fine! In full: Directions to the venue were very poor for people not familiar with the area. Too many people start in the wrong place, do they think they'll get round quicker if they start nearer the front?? Still, it happens at every race!! Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Great race. Very friendly atmosphere. In full: I loved this from start to finish. Turned out a bit less flat than I was expecting, but the same for everyone. LOVED the band, great marshalls, nice welcome in the club both before and after. Hard run but I'll be back. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: An interesting course and generally well organised. In full: The course was quite undulating and very interesting over a nice scenic area. The marshalls did a good job and the race was well organised. Despite the wet weather it was still an enjoyable race. The only areas for improvement would be for more toilets, supervised bag storage and maybe a medal or other momento. Overall however this was a good race and one I will do again next year. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Great course - bad weather though In full: Was having great fun going out but coming back was against so pretty strong wind and therefore slightly unpleasant. Will definately do it again just hope the weather will be better next time Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Well organised - will be back next year In full: Good race - pity about the head (and side) winds. Nice and flat apart from the flyovers. Loved the beanie for finishers. Excellent refreshments and plenty of them. All in all very good. Will be back next year. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Wet, hillier than I thought it would be. Well organised though. In full: More loos needed. Better facilities for spectators. In all though it was a good course. A bit more 'undulating' than I expected though, but pretty well organised. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Long climb at half-way was the killer for me, but worth it In full: My first marathon was Paris 2001 at 40 years old. I thought that was an achievement. Snowdonia 2005 has proven to me that there are people that talk about pushing the pain barrier and there are those that do it. My goal now is to get a sub 4:00 for 2006. The next 12 months schedule has a lot of beasting up long climbs for me to achieve that goal. Thanks must go to the organisers, and bigger thanks to the incredible friendliness of the people who I ran, talked, and almost cried with - see you next year. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: ideal sunday morning run in the country! In full: like everyone else, great run shame aout the weather but very mild day a lovely scenary did 1 53 which I am a little dissapointed with after struggling abit around the 10.5 marker but other runners got me going again and I had a good finish down the hill - will defiantely do again Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: 1st marathon...........I'll do more if they're like this In full: What fun! A top day out with trotting and views to boot. Personally think that an on road marathon will be harder than this as surely they're dull as dishwater? This race gave you something for the eye and the soul. And for the ear too if people would disconnect themselves from those infernal mp3 players! This was such a giggle. The piper, the band at the water stop with the soup and sausage rolls, the inpromptu barber shop quartet and a jacket potato thrown in for good measure. Date of review: October 31, 2005