In short: Really enjoyable race, and dealt with mistakes very well In full: I did this race for the 2nd time this year, and it really does have a lot going for it.
I found the organisation very good, the start was a little bit crowded due to where one of the many banks of portaloos were placed, but is was a very minor niggle for me. Once we had started, the course is fabulous, the crowd support and volunteer support is outstanding, and apart from the error with the distance this year, I personally think it would be hard to fault.
I will definitely plan to be back next year, and I think the organisers deserve a lot of credit and kudos for how they have dealt with the mistake made on the cone placement.... Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Fun run In full: Great weather, great volunteer supporters, good course. I was really confused whilst running that my gps tracked me as having run further than the markers which was off-putting on the run. What a shame that the distance was mis- calculated. I'm sure my pricey race fee paid for the basics to be correct. The lack of t shirt at the end was poor. Bottlenecks twice in the race need to be looked at - in the 2 hr group I was in we were politely trying to find space without tripping anyone over. I can see why some reviews are so negative. I really enjoyed the run but the farce of the distance was really annoying as I put so much effort into breaking my 2h target - my timing was 2.00.37 ...they think...as a guess...maybe! I think I'll look at an alternative for next year. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: A mixed bag. In full: Lovely medal, but otherwise rubbish 'goody bag'. People on the drinks stations did a great job, and were also encouraging which was nice. Definate potential for a pb I think as the course was very flat and the crowd thinned out quickly meaning no problems with other runners despite the numbers. (I didn't realise there had been a problem with the distance till I came on here, but it does make me feel slightly better about my time!) Would do it again. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Shame about the distance error but a great day just the same In full: Well documented error on the race distance which has obviously marred the event for many runners. I feel sorry for them if they were on for a PB or if it was their first/last half marathon. However, for those of us that just enjoy the run for a "Day out" it was a great event. From the park and ride, to the lovely sea view course and fantastic supportive crowd I thouroughly enjoyed the day. My negative is really the general state of the road surface in the "town" section of the course which is a reflection of the Council rather than the race organiser. Would I do it again? I`ll have to, just to see what I could have done! ;-) Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: VERY POOR COMPARED TO PREVIOUS RACES. FAR INFERIOR TO BRIGHTON MARATHON In full: Typical good atmosphere at the start but like all the others in the area where I was we unable to see where the warm-up lady was operating from! The course was fine as were the fantastic volunteers who gave out drinks. As usual there were quite a few locals to cheer on all the runners who came in all shapes, ages and sizes. I thought the mile markers were adequate and located in fairly good positions. But and a big BUT was the very poor finish. I have always collected a useful cotton T shirt at the end of this race and actualluy needed one this year as I did chill down rapidly with the wind. Thanks to the chap dishing out the foil wraps. The goodie bag was a complete waste of time. Sorry to say this will probably be my last Beacon Half and in February 2013 I'll be looking to run a training half Marathon at another venue. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Very enjoyable despite distance issue In full: Great weather, atmosphere and support. Liked the fact that the small uphill was done early in the race. Shame about it being over long but the fact that I had thought I had fallen behind schedule spurred me on to a good time. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Organisers have adjusted times In full: Well done to the Organisers for sorting this one out and adjusting the times. You can see there message and new times here http://brightonhalfmarathon.com/# I must admit I still think I will see what happens next year before committing to do this one again but hats off to them for the quick turnaround when I'm sure they thought they'd all be at work and not dealing with this. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Would have been great if distance was correct!!?? In full: Although I got a PB it would have been better without the extra 0.4 - 0.5 miles that I, and so many other runners measured via GPS. Really disappoining that a race with such potential (great weather, scenery, atmosphere and relatively flat) was let down by such a gross error. It is fundemental to a race that the distance is correct and when you pay so much to enter you exppects the basics to be right. Perhaps we are all lucky that it was not under-measured, the outcome of which would have been much more serious? Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: A potentially good race spoilt by bad organisation! In full: The scenery wasn't bad and the atmosphere and support from the crowd was excellent!
The organisation was shambolic.
1) Inncorrect distance recorded (was 13.5mi not 13.1mi. This is NOT half marathon distance!
2) Lack of toilets
3) Toilets badly positioned (in front of start line, blocking passers by!)
4) A bit of a rip off. An empty carrier bag to collect at the end with just a leaflet inside it.
5) Parts of the course were to narrow and runners were bottlenecking (lots of elbowing going on) particularly in the Lanes area.
Would I do it again? Well, I ran a good race but a petty the organisation was so bad. You'd at least think that for an event with over 8000 participants, they'd at least get the distance right. Right? Wrong. Date of review: February 20, 2012