In short: Great atmosphere and crowd support In full: My first Brighton Marathon... Positives: Good organisation, very well marshalled with lots of friendly and enthusiastic helpers all around the course and fantastic crowd support. Negatives: Decision to provide water in cups. It was very hard to get enough on board on one of the warmest days of the year, and although the decision was apparently made to save water a lot was wasted anyway. Maybe smaller bottles for next time? With three out and back legs it became pretty boring, and the final power station leg was particularly depressing. Also a very long walk to meet supporters afterwards. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Low-key, fast, friendly In full: I've done this a few times, the laps aren't for everyone but I'm used to them now and I Park Run on part of the course as well most weeks. The marshals are great with their support, the course is very flat, although you do have to sometimes navigate past members of the public watching football. Sure chip-timing would be nice, but the 'goody-bag' at the end is as good as I've had, you can certainly pay more and get a lot less and you get a certificate as well as a medal! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Well run large event with superb atmos. Bit exxy In full: First a few small negs: cups should be an absolute no.Can't drink out of 'em. If waste is an issue-get small bottles. For me, overpriced with poor bags. Mile signs were there, but way too small-at start when you're trying to hit stride, markers are important.Bigger please. Maybe not an organiser issue, but the DJ at start of Shoreham calling '3 miles to go' when those on t'other side have 6 not very helpful! Loads of positives. Crowd fantastic. Well run for such a large event. No probs with bag drop/collect. Loads and load of drinks and this is a big plus. Good track. Runner app a great idea for Fam/friends. The Shoreham loop is attritional but keeps it flat. How about changing it with the Hove loop which would be a nicer way to do 20-24? Overall, really impressed. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Great race for all In full: This was my first 10k race and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice undulating terrain makes the run challenging for a beginner like me, but doable for sure. Water station was at around 4k distance, and because you take two laps around the course, it comes in handy about 1k before finish line. The medal is very nice, but there were no goody bags. However, plenty of water, bananas and mars bars were available for all runners after the finish line. Results were uploaded online same day. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: A lovely, friendly run with some great touches In full: This was the first time I'd done a race with so many laps but the laps were lovely so it was much better than anticipated. What really made it special were the brilliant marshals and the individual touches. It is nice too to have a small field and not to have to queue for anything. Well organised too. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: A feel-good event, Brighton is always welcoming In full: 2nd year of running this event and walked away with a PB this time so delighted. Well organised (Mill Rd parking still needs some work with buses AM), drinks worked even though I was sceptical about it and the crowd came out in waves and were great coming down the stretch. Well done to all concerned Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: spoilt by organisation In full: As otbers have said, not enough toilets and the baggage collection was an absolute nightmare in the cold wind, god knows what it wohld been lime had it rained!Fantastic crowd support though, hopefully they will learn for next year Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere, lovely sea views, fast course. In full: My second Brighton marathon (did 2012 and supported at 2013). There was the usual party atmosphere, and the route was great (it's improved slightly since 2012) apart from the slog down to the power station...
My only slight issue was with the cups used to distribute water/energy drink. I applaud the fact they are trying to be environmentally conscious (I hate seeing all the half drunk bottles thrown on the ground at most marathons) but it's really hard to drink out of a cup while going fast (my pace was about 7:26). Maybe it's just me but most of the liquid went all over my face and clothes!! I did try to squeeze the top into a spout and that helped a bit, but I wonder if they could find some kind of cardboard bottle replacement?
All in all though a great race... might well do it again next year! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: beautiful challenging course, let down by poor organisation In full: The course itself is a vast improvement on the old one, well marshaled with great support from the crowds and most importantly with water. The organisation in the town centre was awful. There were maybe 15-20 toilets in the event village, for a field of 7500, woefully inadequate, with the world's second biggest queue. The words biggest queue was for bag collection after the race, I waited 30 mins in a howling freezing gale in my shorts & t-shirt wet through with sweat. A great race spoiled by a poorly considered event village. The second Sheffield half I've done, the second shambles. It's put me off & I won't do it again, other races around here just work like clockwork and are loads cheaper too Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Another great Brighton Marathon In full: This was my 5th Brighton Marathon as live in Hove. The water cup issue had a retro feel for me, this is marathon water stations used to be. As always great support from everyone especially the last 3 miles. Already signed up for next year. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: The crowds were fantastic but what's with the cups. In full: Loved the race, if you are looking for a flat course this may be it. 1st half is up and down 2nd half very flat.
Cups are a pain in the arse! I personally can't get on with them and not seen or spoke to anyone who prefers them water seemed to hit the floor instead of people's u outs and the energy drink made the roads sticky! London marathon still use bottles and they are smaller think they use 330ml?
The dreaded power station isn't as bad as people make out its not idea but use it wisely to gather your thoughts. The crowds were fantastic I salute everyone of you Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Disappointing, costly, waste of my time. In full: I got email saying I could have a place for half price, followed the link and it didn't work. Emailed for advice was told I didn't put my bib number on original form so have to pay full now! I only paid full as my partner was already in the race. No parking information until 2 days before!! No facilities in place only recommended parking. Advised to book a car park which I did at a cost of £13.50! Car park was 10 minutes away from start- which we had no idea where it was.
The so called marshals were more like bouncers just stopping people entering a certain area and were rude! Asked advice where start and toilets were and no marshals knew anything as they were not from the area! So pretty useless. Toilet facilities were a joke not enough to support the amount of runners. I will stick to races that are organised by runners for runners instead of big organised show cased events! On a positive note my Mars bar was nice. A big thank you to the people of sheffield for their support and mass turn out they rescued a very disappointing day. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In full: This is my home marathon and the 3rd time I've taken part, my observations/comments on this years race:
Pro's 1. Course unchanged from 2014, and there was great support from spectators for the majority of the route; the course allows family/friends to see you at multiple points of the course and is great to be able to see them 2 or 3 times en route.
There are always complaints about the Shoreham Power station section and for those that do complain then I suggest you advise the organisers of where it could be re-routed - in short you can't otherwise they would have done! Yes its a tough (not picturesque part of the course), but this is mile 21-23 so its going to be hard!)
2. Mine and my wife's registration hadn't been activated (evidenced by our runners nos not appearing on the site); it was resolved within a few days and the team responded quickly to my phone call and emails in order to resolve.
Con's 1. The decision to change to providing water and Gatorade by cups was a big mistake; I realise there is a wastage issue in previous marathons to consider but shouldn't Gatorade look to have mini bottles specifically produced for Marathons? Plus the sports drink is sticky, not a great feeling when you tip it over yourself!
The water pouches used in previous years (whilst sometimes difficult to open) at least meant you could drink little and often over a period of 2/3 miles - cups of water meant you had to gulp down a small amount until the next station; often not all tables had water to collect, not all volunteers has cups available which created bottle necks when collecting.
2. As noted by other for this years race (and in previous years) there is a shortage of loos available for such a large number of runners - we spent 40 min in a queue - the organisers really need to address this; to be fair no matter what event I've raced in the lack of loos always seems to be an issue!
3. Postage option for race packs; not required for me and we live in town, however, for those having to make a specific trip I get why its a pain to only be able to collect. The Reigate Half Marathon last year had a collect only pack, however this year they've added the option for a pack to posted (for an addition charge) - good move and something Brighton should offer for the 2016 race.
4. T Shirt - having a finishers shirt is great, however, it really needs to be a technical shirt - if much smaller Half Marathon events can include it then so should a big one like Brighton. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Well organised and quite flat. In full: This was my second Marathon and first time running Brighton. I really enjoyeded it and beat my first Marathon time so I was happy!
I'll start with the things I thought they could do better, although there's only a few:
More toilets at the start, I queued for 45 minutes and just made my wave start time. I've done lots of events and never seen queues like it or waited so long.
Water stations were plentiful, but quite a few didn't have any water on approach, so you had to wait, or just go on to the next one. Water should be ready and waiting for the runners at all times. There wasn't any good signage either indicating that you were nearing them.
Hardly any mile markers, or if there were I only saw a few, so they can't have been that prominent.
Good baggage drop, no problems at all.
Excellent app so your friend and fellows runners knew where you were.
Lovely parts as you ran along near to the seafront.
Not entirely flat, but only a few small inclines, certainly nothing that would put me off, you could definately get a PB.
Lots of water stations.Water was in cups, which annoyed me at first when I heard that's what they were going to do, but it worked. Plenty of Gatorade and high 5 gel too.
Lovely medal (goody bag not up to much though).
I would definately do it again! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere at the seaside In full: This race is so much fun! There is always a special atmosphere - that combo of enthusiastic crowds and sunny seaside is great. It's an interesting, varied course, ranging from quiet downland to industrial estate, from gritty urban to pretty prom. And the organisation is superb, with hundreds of brilliant volunteers, and athlete tracking for your supporters. It's pretty quick, you get quality goodies at the end, and the beach village afterwards was a great place to meet my wife and relax on the beach with decent street food. And I'm so pleased to see cups instead of bottles - I hate seeing so much get wasted when people take 2 sips from a bottle and throw it away. Bravo Brighton! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Excellent event and well organised In full: Second time of running Brighton and had a great time. The crowds a simply awesome and the atmosphere overall, superb The industrial stretch at 20 miles is known as "The Road To Hell", it's nasty and comes at the wrong part of the race as people begin to 'wall'. HOWEVER, this is actually a brilliant twist to the reputation of the course, keep it there. It's a real test of character and an immense achievement to battle through it.
The water cups meant more frequent feed stations. The organisers need to better publicise the technique of crushing the tops of the cups to create a spout. This works a treat and I ran bottle free for the first time and was well hydrated in warm/sunny conditions.
Managed a 6 minute PB and qualified for London next year. A fantastic day beside the seaside, beside the sea! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Fantastic experience - deffo one for next year! In full: Excellent race overall. Only my third HM but loved the challenge of running up a very long, gradual hill despite the in your face wind! Loads of people lining the course giving lots of encouragement really made a great atmosphere through Dore, along to Ecclesall Road and at the finish.
For the organisation, could do with some more toilets - despite being 2 or 3 areas, still limited in numbers so fairly long/agitated queues.
Didnt have a bag (left in car..) but there were also long queues for that after the race (wondered at one point what everyone was waiting for on Pinstone St!). Other 10ks that runforall organise seem to have this sorted out so slightly odd not to be as slick for HM. Definitely planning on doing next year and hopefully it'll be less windy! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Post race organisation could be better. Water stations not brilliant. In full: The baggage truck my kit was on was a shambles, it took 25 minutes to get it and was told 3 times it wasn't there. Water stations used cups that were difficult on the run plus too few people at the later stations. Date of review: April 13, 2015