In short: A brilliant success, amazing atmosphere In full: I have run the London marathon once before and I felt It matched what London achieves in terms of spectators and atmosphere in its very first year, thats an amazing achievement. When I first applied it was my second choice to London, but after Sunday if I was to run another marathon I would certainly be considering Brighton as my first choice over London. I really enjoyed the course, the crowd were great and was I able to see my family at lots of points during the race - which always helps. There was just two minor problems - there can never be another be enough toilets especially at the start! There was a bleak part of the course round an industrial park - but I actually didn't mind this too much - it can't be perfect for 26 miles. Despite really suffering for the last hour of the race, I finished in 4 and a half hours and within moments of finishing and despite the pain I only had good thoughts about Brighton and the marathon that had been put on - and to top it off I chilled out on the beach with a strawberry ice-cream. Thank you Brighton. Date of review: April 22, 2010
In short: My first marathon, loved it. Found it very hard though, especially those hills! I wouldn't let that put people off though, great views, loads of people watching and well organised. In full: I can't find the race organisers email to suggest a few improvements - hopefully he'll read this! It would be have been nice to have water stations at every mile marker, not just every 3 miles. I struggled with the water situation in the heat which Sunday gave us! Also, a map of Preston park (where the toilets/baggage lorries/start corrals) in the getting yourself ready race booklet would be good for next year. We were also waiting at the start line for half an hour at the start of the day, this was a little annoying and some of my supporters didn't see me as I was so behind the timings I had originally sent them that they had moved on! I am still unsure as to why we were held at the start line for half a hour? Anyway, I don't want to moan cause it was a great race, lovely medals, great stewards who were very supportive (espeically the girl at about mile 10!) and well organised. So thank you Tim, and thanks to the Brighon Marathon team! Date of review: April 22, 2010
In short: Excellent Challenger to London In full: Being a Southerner returning home - it was a fantastic way to see Brighton again..... The whole event was brilliant, from the organisation to the run, even if a little warm! Only points for the future would be more chip mats, a couple more shower points. Except for that well done Brighton you have proved that the south is friendly....... THANKS Date of review: April 22, 2010
In short: Fabulous course with lots of opportunity to see your supporters In full: The course was slightly more undulating than I expected in the first half although this was made more noticable due to the hot weather. It was a very well organised race. The crowds of supporters had plenty of opportunity to view the runners. Plenty of water and powerade points. Date of review: April 22, 2010
In short: Brighton is a real contender to London for Atmosphere and Scenery In full: Excellent organisation from email updates leading to the race right through to race-day water stations. The feeling amongst all runners i spoke to was that the crowds were inspirational and simply amazing. Yes the 'Road to Hell' was exactly that but with so many miles of people cheering you along the route it was interesting for the solitude and soul searching "must put one foot in front of another, don't stop now". An unforgettable experience, this race will just get bigger and bigger. Date of review: April 22, 2010
In short: Friendly scenic run with the crowd right up close in a great city! In full: My first marathon and wasn't disappointed. The crowd were great, the scenery fantastic (well most of it) and the community feel as you ran through the suburbs was great. Loved the light touch on fencing etc as this allowed the crowd to get really close-up (occasionally too close!) and feel part of the race. The looping course also makes it easy for people to watch you at several points on the day. My only complaint was the loop through the industrial estate miles 19-23, possibly the most dreary place to run when you're struggling already! Please for next year can you choose a nicer part of Brighton? Overall a brilliant day helped by the glorious sunshine and I know this will become a regular in Brighton and deservedly so...
In short: Awesome place has awsome race. In full: This was my first time in a major running event and I'm from Brighton so Im a bit biased, but Iâ€™ve heard people say that the atmosphere and the organisation were great and Iâ€™d have to agree. Iâ€™m proud to have taken part in what Iâ€™m sure will become a Brightonian institution. If I was forced to come up with a criticism Iâ€™d say that there could have been more toilets at the start - call it a rookie mistake but I was queuing for well over an hour and only just got to my corral on time! Date of review: April 22, 2010