In short: Decent run - unfortunately has been a cold grey day for the last two years In full: A decent run for one of the first of the year. However, there were no marshalls at the finish reminding runners to hand their timing chips back. Myself, and the 3 people I was with, got back to the car park still wearing ours and there were quite a few people in the cafe with theirs too! As the entry fee includes this chip, I think runners should be told at the finish that that the chips are need them back. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Lovely race, beautiful scenery, poor parking & refreshments In full: This is the first race I have done for a couple of years, so it was nice to be back running again, especially in such lovely surroundings. 2 major flaws with the organisation: Parking like many people have said should not have taken so long. Main complaint is the lack of refreshment facilities for the spectators, EVERYONE wants a hot drink on a day like today, to only have 1 place available to purchase was madness - Woburn have plenty of kiosks they could have opened to serve hot drinks/snacks. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Still the poor relation to Hastings 1/2 - but improving! In full: The organisers need to ascertain what they want this race to be. Is it purely to raise funds for Sussex Beacon? A half Marathon to be the biggest & best in Sussex? A flat city race or just a route to cover the distance?. The new course was the best yet-why rely so much on the seafront & if so why not run to the port or round the marina to reduce the hill work? Surely an extra loop in the city centre is more preferable than the turn half way up a hill on the way to Rottingdean? Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: On my doorstep - I'll be back next year!! In full: Excellent marshalls and organisation, lots of support at start/finish, good facilities for runners and families, free parking, "interesting" route, quality medal, t-shirt and goody bag. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: The Sussex Beacon hmmm good Race In full: Personal Best 0f 1hr.40m.54s last half mara was 1hr.43.05s
where do i start 1) nice little touch with the mobile phones to let us know about the race, weather and results :-) 2) this is my third time i have done this Race one word (Excellent) 3) water station where in the right place but think we could have had the grape juice at the end as most of the bottle i saw had about 3/4 of fluids in them. What A waste 4)only two complaints a) the rain but hey this is England & we have to expect that i suppose in Feb b) The wind after we turn back along the seafront from the Laggoon.
In short: It's a fairly tough, stamina building race. More toilets please. In full: On a good day it's great - lovely course. On a bad day it's fairly foul, exposed and can be bleak. You can feel justifiably smug if you do OK. Must do something about the toliets, I only do it because I'm fairly local. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Muddy - trying to stay upright is the key!! In full: Very cold first thing, and very muddy for 80% of the route - all the more fun. Not lots of overtaking opportunities due to single file woodland paths - so great for enjoyment, but not so good for speed merchants!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Slippery trails flat out on a cliff face!! Great idea!!! In full: Well that has to be the strangest race I have EVER run!! Sub 5:30 min miling for first 6 miles then 6:20's when I encountered the driving rain and headwind. A hill at 9 miles then the craziest wet, slippery ++ path so near the cliff side. I saw the lead mountain biker wipe out spectacularly and almost did so myself (if I'd had an knowledge of it i WOULDN'T have worn mayfly!!!!!).With a few adjustments could be a good race. But again another measured incorrectly. Sort those markers out!!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: First time doing the DD - Really enjoyable. In full: Good organisation. Weather was perfect for this sort of run. Really muddy in places, going straight through the water was easier than going around it! Seeing is believing the rope on the hill! See you next year... Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Would recommend it In full: Arrived at the entrance to the park, with what was expected to be plenty of time and am disappointed say it wasn't the case. In hind sight I enjoyed today, with it being my first event of the year BUT the start was hard work, too many people wanting to and having no option but to plod (and theres nothing wrong with plodding) but I paid in hope of getting a PB, no chance without getting to the park extremely early and a front line place. That said, it was great scenery and having around the grounds of a stately home it was a good work out Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Terrible conditions, improved route, poor start In full: Well thats the worst race in terms of conditions I've ever run. Runnning against the wind and rain for 8+ miles was hard work and cold!
The new course was an improvement - it would have been alwful if we would all have had to run to the windmill in those conditions.
The start was poor. They asked the 'pink' runners to go to the front and the 'white' to the back. What they should have done is to say 'pink' to the left and 'white' to the right. I was at the back but started to go into the 'pink' funnel as didn't many white's. It was a bit messy and could have been avoided with clearer instructions.
The fizzy drink they gave out to runners towards the end was disgusting and there were loads of half full bottles being thrown on the grass. The last thing you want is a fizzy drink on a run.
Apart from that it was a good race, with a bit better attention to detail it could be a great race. Could do better Date of review: February 19, 2006