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
In short: How is it possible to get it this wrong? In full: Getting the distance so badly wrong is unforgivable in a race of this size.
As a first time runner I was very unsure of what I was doing with regards to pacing and as I was aiming for 2 hrs 30 I decided to try to follow the pace maker. I followed him for the first 2 miles and was struggling to keep up. Luckily I know the course very well as parts of it have been my regular run for the last 4 months and when I hit the 2 mile point in a sub 18 minute time I knew I could safely slow down. However this had caused me some anxiety and I struggled to compose myself over the next 2 miles. Then hitting a mile which appeared to take me over 15 minutes was another problem I was panicking about it and I wouldn't dare to think the organisers had got it wrong. I should have just trusted my training.
I was a little disheartened to have just missed out the 2hrs 30 I had trained towards but to now find out I probably had run under the time and an error on their part has caused it has left me feeling a little bitter towards my home town event.
I agree with the bag commments - pointless Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: An expensive joke In full: I really dont know where to start on this!!!! Distance - miles out (well half a mile out) whats the point having a certificate of distance and then putting turnaround cone in a different place!!! Price was very expensive for an empty carier bag to put in the bin, no toilets, no bands, etc. Atmosphere was good in places but on times i have had more exciting training runs, running round traffic cones. Toilets queue was longer than the race on times (and probably better measured), and why someone gets a special parking space at the start so they can run a blinding 2:45 race (Katie P)! Has to be one of the worst races I have run, and doubt i will be back. Shame on Brighton! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Too long In full: I love this race, in February you just don’t know if it’ll be blowing a gale as it was 2 years ago or pristine blue skies as it was yesterday. It’s also a great course but…. I was expecting a half marathon and not a 13.5 mile race.
Also I’m not quite sure why they gave us a plastic bag as there was nothing in it apart from 2 pieces of paper!
I will of course come back next year but it would be nice to run 13.1 miles rather than 13.5. Luckily I’m way off pb time as if I’d been hoping to break my pb I’d have been a bit annoyed at having my chances ruined by the times being out by 3 minutes
In short: Race distance wrong In full: The start was overcrowded resulting in difficulty accessing the relevant pen. The worst goody bag ever - was this item a joke? The distance of this race was incorrect - is this excusable in an event of this prestige. Good support and worth a visit. I thought the t-shirts were pricey. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: THANKS FOR THE...CARRIER BAG?!? In full: LOVE Brighton so was excited to do a race there despite recovering from 'Manflu...double double pneumonia'! Good points: you can't beat a run along the sea front especially when the weather is fantastic as it was on Sunday! Down points: A few 'bottle neck' areas which (ehem...any excuse!) slowed the flow a bit. Was good to see the finish line...I am soooo pleased to read I ran longer than I thought! Odd to be give a carrier bag filled with...NOTHING! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Well organisated, shame about the goody bag In full: Getting to the Baggage area for the pier was not easy as there was a lot people standing around the start/finish line making if difficult getting past them, then there was the charity tents to get past as well, to get round them the runners were moving the barriers to easy the bottle neck. The goody bag l would have expect a cereal bar instead of leaflets'.
On the plus side the route was very good, to get the hills done first when you are still fresh, but you still get a few people in the way of the course which can cause some problems when you are running in a pack.