In short: Windy Wet Muddy and some Sea Breezes!! In full: My first ever half marathon - so pleased with time of 1.45 for first one .. was very wet, windy and muddy near the telscombe cliffs end of the run. I met a few lovely marshalls ... thanks for their encouraging wishes. Don't know their names, but they are a member of the Phoenix running club in Brighton!! So hello to you if you read this!! Definitely recommend doing the race for anyone wanting to do a first half!!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Despite a cruel hill at the end, a very enjoyable race. Perfect organisation, cheerful marshals, great encouragement at the end, and wonderful (and most welcome) hot soup, fruit and beer at the end. Really enjoyed it. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Second half nasty with off road sections. Beware first timers! In full: The second half of the race is pretty hilly and there is a long undulating section on grass and mud. There was no warning about the off road section, which was quite annoying. This section was, I would say, dangerous for slipping and needed trail shoes. Well organised race, but shame on the web site for not alerting us about the difficult second half and off road challenge. Zip atmosphere and nearly no spectattors. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Rain rain rain but the marshalls still cheered In full: A very pleasant warm up to a Spring Marathon. Course not too challenging, well organised, friendly marshalls and decent goody bag. I loved the lumo hat this year!
Many thanks to everyone Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good course, late start due to poor parking organisation In full: The organisers need to get smarter about parking, those that arrived on time had to hang around at the start, not much fun today given how cold it was! Not really spectator friendly as they only see the start and finish, would be nice to see more support round the course. Still much more interesting than many road races though - it would be lovely to see the park in spring! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A very good day in the park, especially with the lioness at 6K. However, perhaps some of the "faster" runners who barged their way through in places could think about stepping round next time! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Lots of fun! In full: As a completely new trails runner, this race was a muddy wack in the face (in the best possible way!) Very tough, and in some places more about staying upright then moving forwards, but this only led to a great atmosphere and real consideration between runners. Very well marshalled all the way round and great value for money. Definatly a keeper on my calander! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed the run, marshalls and organisation was very good. Anyone who can stand in those conditions and hand out freezing water just to make us more comfortable deserves credit. Lovely banana to finish. Even managed a pb, great race. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race. Pity I couldn't finish it. In full: Unfortunately due to a torn calf muscel I didn't finish this race, but the stewards were very friendly and concerned and made sure I was OK. Interesting to see the comments about the Mayor and Mayoress. They are very visible I'll give them that, with their pictures in the paper every week. More for their own benefit than anyone else believe me, they are real fame junkies. Did they mention that the council they represent are selling off our castle, and other town jewels? No thought not. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Cold, Rain but great potential if weather Good! In full: I would definitely do this again if I could get a guarantee that there would be no rain. The course has a good PB potential apart from Miles 10.5 to 11.5 which was VERY dangerous in the rain. The course organisers need to rethink that part of the course as someone could have a very nasty accident if there is bad weather like there was today. I saw about 3 people fall in that section alone.
I don't know how healthy the Ginkgo fizzy drink at mile 11 was.
I loved the text messages before the race and the result notification by text. Well done. Faulty sound equipment at the start was a downer since the poor dude making the announcements was so entertaining. And why is Brighton so difficult to drive into and out of. The wind was very blustery and I should be back despite all the moans! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A good course but spoilt by the weather In full: A decent half marathon course but not suited for the weather conditions as the grass sections became pretty unstable under foot. Organisation was good and in better weather would have made it a better day. Overall though a tough day but glad i did it. Date of review: February 19, 2006