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
In short: Wind, rain, flat, hills, mud, pavements - what more do you want?! In full: Add cliffs, the seaside and text messages letting you know it's wet outside and to wrap up warm and you have pretty much the perfect race.
Sure, the muddy bit made it interesting, and what was that fizzy stuff about? But having done the dry version of this race you can only put that down to bad luck. A real challenge and certainly more variety and interest than a lot of city races.
Banana, water and a cereal bar is all a goody bag needs, or would people prefer more flyers? The foil blanket was most welcome too.
This is one of my favourite races and todays weather just made it a bit more... interesting...!!
In short: honour to be able to run around such a beautiful estate. More spectators around the course would have been good. Shame some marshalls were subjected to verbal abuse by car drivers when we had to run across the road. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: parking was a nightmare,could have done with hot drinks for finishers,good PB potential but need to be well up at start as narrow course,great run though (dont belive the 7km marker ) Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Great marshalls, very well organised. In full: Disappointed that alot of effort had gone into the race being chipped but unfortunately your running time was not recorded until well after the finishing line when a kindly gentlemen took the time to zap your number a minute or so after you had gone over the finishing line...... . Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Like the spanish inquisition - well organised torture! In full: Definitely a race of 2 halves, brian. Being run along the seafront, a windy day is almost inevitable and as it's an out and back course that means battling through a head wind for a lot of the time. But despite that the first half is pancake flat, very picturesque and a pleasant run.
In foul weather conditions like we had today, though, the second half is as tough as you will find. Miles 9 and 10 are an uphill slog into the wind with rain driving into your face, and the sense of relief you get at the turning point (yippee, downhill with a tail wind) doesn't last long when you realise the next mile is through a slippery bog. Very gruelling.
Probably wishful thinking to say this would be a great race in decent weather - how often do you get decent weather in brighton in february?! - but i'd still recommend it. The organisation is great, complete with chip timing, and there's a good sense of camaraderie. Date of review: February 19, 2006