In short: Great day out. Enjoyable route with good mix of hills In full: Well worth the journey just make sure you turn up with plenty of time. I was thankful for the 10mins delay (due to parking congestion) as it allowed me to run back to the car to get my chip I left behind......still managed to beat my twin brother taking £10 off him!! Now his daughter Ella will have to go without new shoes.. Great day all round!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: excellent race many thanks for a great day In full: an excellent race, organisation, atmosphere & scenery. for the people who are moaning about the weather what do you expect for feb it is the coldest month of the year! and as for the parking if you got there earlier like us you wouldn't of had a problem! yes i will be back next year or maybe october if they can sort it out, to see if i can do a pb again. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: First class race and top notch organisation In full: Bungay Black Dog as always, in a class of their own in the organisation and running of races - fantastic all round they deserve the medal!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: could be great but for a couple of niggles In full: "Niggles" being: - slippery muddy paths for 2 miles very dodgy when expecting a road race (have to expect rain at this time of year - any way of keeping it to the hard stuff?) - narrow sharp hairpin paths down to the final straight - not a great idea after 12 miles?! - fizzy drinks at final drinks station - not a pleasant surprise!
Plus points: - nice route overall - challenging but not daft - all volunteers very friendly, encouraging and helpful quicker than I thought despite the headwinds! - sea breeze adds an extra element! - excellent baggage facilities and staff - good support despite wind and rain - especially the mad girls from NCH with their football rattles!
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