In short: The half marathon that wasn't... In full: I recorded 13.51 miles, and the differential changed the rhythm of my race and my approach/strategy... I agree with earlier comments, getting the distance right is race 101 stuff, no excuses - and I haven't seen any race organiser comments yet. For the record, my trusty Garmin 305 had mile 4 at 3.9, mile 5 at 5.4.... a country mile, maybe.
However - good medal, ok organisation, good support and thanks to all the marshalls as always.
In short: Beautiful day - thanks to the poor baggage crew In full: Not much can be added to the conversation about the distance. I'd just like to say thank you to the people at the baggage tent who worked incredibly hard. They really needed more help but can't blame the organisers as getting volunteers can be difficult. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Turn out East in the wrong place. In full: I did the 2011 and 2012 half marathons and have just compared the maps recorded on my Garmin (via Garmin connect). As many suspected, the turn out East (between 4 and 5 miles) was about 300 metres further on this time (adding approx. 600 metres to the course). Very frustrating.
Good course otherwise, but a silly error from the organisers to get it wrong in the first place and then very lazy not to check the distance. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Beautiful course, pity the distance was out In full: A beautiful day for a run and a great course along the seafront. Shame the organisers couldn't measure the course out correctly, I measured 13.5 miles, making for a disappointing finish after training for the event. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Great race marred by wrongly measured distance In full: As others have said the course measured almost half a mile too long, even allowing for Garmin inaccuracies and the extra distance you run dodging peoole that isn't great. It would have made the difference between a PB for me and a few others I'm sure. The toilet queues were also badly managed with a barrier put too close to the loos. I queued for 30 mins and there were lots of people still not in the starting pens when the run started because of the queues. better signposting and queue management would have sorted it. Other than that a really enjoyable race but not sure if I'd do it again given the problems. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Great race....shame it wasn't actually a half-marathon In full: My timings totally agreed with the previous reviewer. The error was almost certainly between mile 4 and 5.
It's such a shame. The weather was fantastic and the organisation was very very good apart from the distance error, but distance matters an enormous amount.
My time was 1.31.46, if the course had been correctly measured I would have been inside 1.30, a personal best and something I would have felt incredibly proud of. I will still have fond memories of the Brighton HM but they will always be tinged with an intense disappointment.
I trained very hard to go sub 1.30 but the record book says I failed.
PS: I wore a t-shirt saying "I'm Ben!". To any of the people who shouted my name, thank you, made a massive difference.
In short: BIG measurement error at top turn In full: As everyone else has said, shocker with the course measurement. It was specifically between mile 4 and 5, some dope had put the turn too far away, so that mile turned out to be about 1.35 miles. Yes, there usually is some degree of error with Garmins, but NOT that bad!
I thought everything else with the organisation was good and efficient, just shame such a major error let them down badly and I hope they issue a statement of apology. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Lovely race - just needs a few tweaks In full: Pros - Great course, well organised, lovely atmosphere, brilliant chip timing/results online v.quickly, clear mile and km markers. Cons - Only a medal, no t-shirt. Rubbish goody bags. Start area v.crowded and confused. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Got to agee In full: 13.48 on my watch which, I was bleeping ok give or take 10 yards to start with but I put that down to where the lamp post are. Then after we started going back down the hill it started to get well out of sinc. I'm glad it's not my watch but I would have had a better PB than I got if it was measured correctly. Plus for the price the goody bag was shit!! They really let thenselves down today. Date of review: February 19, 2012