In short: There was a major bottleneck in the queue for the cakes :-( In full: Muddy, hard, massive climbs, glorious views, windy as the devils backside and then some which makes it all great fun. Faultless organisation, excellent provision of water and marshalling, and the cakes were worth the wait. T-Shirt was superb. If you are running this you need trail shoes and you need some means of adjusting your temp as you go, like a jacket you can zip and unzip as it is freezing on the mountains but warm in the sheltered bits and you will generate no end of heat on the climbs.
In short: Windy!! In full: Take away the very strong wind and this race is a winner. Very well organised and on a stiller day, definitely pb potential. However, to describe the incline after 2 miles as 'steady' is a touch misleading! Not as bad as 'that' hill in Crowborough but longer.
In short: Not an ideal 2nd HM but a really good course In full: The start was a bit of a shambles - people still making their way up the hill when the klaxon went. Good, tough course through excellent scenery. A few stupid cars trying to overtake runners made for a decent distraction. Excellent marshalling ans good support. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Messy and cold In full: The organisation of this race leaves a lot to be desired. It is clearly held in the wrong place. We are asked to go to a car park from where we get a free coach to the race HQ, but there is no coach back so everyone is faced with a good 20 minute walk after the race. Race HQ is not at the start. The start is a 10 minute walk along a narrow path and up a suburban street full of cars. The cars are allowed across the start line until 5 minutes before the race start. Runners who start to gather behind the start line have to keep moving out of the way of the cars. When the race did start some cars still tried to come through causing significant problems. On the roads themselves the cars are allowed at the same time as the runners with very ineffective marshaling to try and keep people and cars apart. On narrow stretches on road I had to stop twice because of traffic jams with cars. As I am a slow runner I arrived at the finish at 12.40 to find the finish announcer had had enough and gone home and organisers had started to dismantle the finish. I hadn't been informed there was a 2 1/2 hour time limit - a little courtesy and encouragement to the back runners would be appreciated. To cap everything off, there were no bananas, the medal is cheap and nasty and the showers were cold. On the plus side, the countryside, even when the weather is grey and miserable, is very attractive. The long double hill is tough, but it comes at the right point and gives a sense of achievement. The marshals were friendly and encouraging. I much prefer the Dartford Half. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: No idea relating to adapting to bad conditions In full: This was in fact my first half-marathon, and what a baptism of fire it turned out to be. The weather was absolutely dreadful, but that is something that we simply have to cope with. However, this made the return from Ovingdean on the grassy verge from miles 10 - 12 extremely treacherous. Many runners including myself slipped and fell. Some were reported to have broken arms, ankles etc.
The organisers MUST now change the course to adapt to very bad weather, and ensure they organise things from the runner's perspective. The Beacon cannot afford to continue using the current course, otherwise nobody will run for them! Unless they make the route far safer, there is no way I will run it again. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Challenging run along good trails with plenty of variety In full: Fantastically organised and brilliantly marshalled; pleasant, ever-changing scenery. Finished outside a pub- what more could you ask for!
The route has a couple of short but steep rises to add interest. Watch out for horses, a small group of us got held up trying to avoid a potential trampling. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Never done this race before and it's a cracker. All runners must do this at least once! In full: Just a fabulous event, well organised. Great credit to the marshalls out in cold winds for our benefit, thanks to all of you. A great course, much tougher second half with three climbs which could only be walked - that's how tough they are. Just a great event and this may well make me a convert to cross country events rather than road based PB chasing! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Good course, really enjoyed the run, though the wind in the face hurt me on the 2nd lap. Good atmosphere. Would do it again In full: Really enjoyed this run considering the old shin splints were kicking a bit yesterday. Nice view of the lakes going out and nice wind pushing you home. Shame no t-shirt but massive bling medal....
Big thanks to she warrior who got me home,without you i'd still be there. Your my shining star.... Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A new meaning for moderate hills! but a friendly well organised race In full: Going well till 12 miles then crashed and burnt but kept going by some great people. Many thanks to the surveyor from London without your help I would have been overtaken by the local ramblers! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Freezing cold but fun. Had to run fast to keep warm! In full: Stood shivering at the start with the snow falling. Set off gently as muscles has ceased up! A nice paced run with beautiful scenery. The long part out of the village and back was off-putting though as you could see the faster people coming back the other way! Having to run one lap past the finish at the end was tough. Really nice medal - quality :-) Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: ouch ! In full: 2nd half marathon for me and twig, and boy they didn't joke about that hill !!! srong headwinds, icy cold, bit of snow, felt like an acheivment to get round that course. very pleased to have the same time as dover last week, and that wasn't as hilly. Date of review: February 26, 2006