In short: They got the distance wrong!!! In full: The start was poorly organised and shambolic, but I could live with that. What is unforgivable was that they measured the course wrong, robbing me and loads of others of their personal best. This could be such a good race, but I am not ever going back. I am absolutely fuming. Come on.. I mean, measuring the course wrong by almost half a mile? Would you go back? The organisers already have form for this... 2011 was too short!! Sorry guys. You should have made sure this year. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Credit crunch service for top dollar cost In full: Hmmm, beautiful weather and I love running in Brighton but the start was lacking in atmosphere, amateur PA. I think they're really trying to milk it without outting in the organisational effort/investment. I booked so long ago that I forgot it was £29, which is a lot for not a lot. The fact that they were still appealing for volunteer marshalls the night before the race speaks volumes. The extra distance is truly unforgiveable. For evidence of how to organise a large race [to which the organisers aspire] they need to look at places like Reading. All things can be resolved with investment [toilets can be brought in]. I didn't even know there was [not that I wanted it havng read about it] a 'goody' bag!! The run was lovely, the crowds lovely, the organisers were amateurs.'Nuff said
In short: Great race normally - Organisers overstretched themselves this year In full: This is the 4th time I've run this race, 2010 was terrible, 2011 was excellent but today's was a return to the organisational frailties that dogged the 2010 run. The course was overmeasured by about 1/3 mile (500m), the baggage area was poorly managed and too far away, in fact it was in the area most people use for warm-up, the toilets were insufficent for the numbers on the day and the goody bag idea - well this should have been ignored, great medal though. I think this year the organisers wanted to have a bigger race and this overstretched their resources, hopefully next year they'll reduce the size of the event and it will be more successful, not sure that I'll run it though - depends what the organisers say about their performance this year. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Thought I was going mad In full: Thought my Garmin was having a funny turn when the miles started getting out of sync.
Twisted my ankle at mile 5 due to a runner discarding a bottle in front of me and had to play catch up to try my hardest to make up the lost time and achieve my goal of cracking 1.40 for the first time ever.
Seeing as I ended up at 1.40.52 for 13.5 miles, I suppose I can say that I did it, although the kudos of sub 1.40 being recorded as my finish time will now not happen.
Completely mystified that the organisers can measure a course so inaccurately and that so many runners were left wondering at the end of what should have been a great finish. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: A PB so happy! In full: Goody bag wasn't great but it is a charity race so would rather forego the bag! Water and a banana is fine! If it is over measured that's disappointing as I would have smashed pb by more! Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Beautiful scenery In full: Having read other reviews I now realise my gps wasn't wrong and we did run further than thought which makes me feel much better about my time. Beautiful scenery but felt the rest of the race was a disappointment. The goody bag at the end was pointless; nothing in it! I also felt totally discouraged with the course which just seemed endless in either direction. When it narrowed, it became very busy and a struggle to get past people. Perhaps they could try funneling at the beginning if they want to continue have larger numbers of runners. Beautiful run but otherwise, big disappointment, and no t-shirt! For £30+ I felt it lacked a lot. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In full: Beautiful course and very friendly enthusiastic volunteers. However I was slightly disappointed at missing out on my pb. At first I was convinced that I just did a lot of weaving in and out of people, but on reading these reviews, I realise that the course was probably a third of a mile too long! I just hope the full Brighton marathon is measured correctly as I don't think any extra mileage will be needed there! I still enjoyed the day anyway, and still think Brighton is a great place to run! Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: 13.59 miles - hope they're not measuring the Olympic Course! In full: I've run the BHM for the past two years and really enjoyed it. That was until this year and their unforgiveable under measurement of the course. The measurement between 3-4 miles was just as poor as between 4-5 miles when they'd added c. 350 metres up to the U-turn.
The goody bag was an insult too, but thanks to the volunteers who gave their time.
Unlikely I'll be back for a few years until they sort out the goody bag and their measurements! Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Shame about the extra distance & poor baggage arrangements In full: Realised at mile 7 that something was up with the mile markers so luckily knew to press the lap button on my garmin at 13.1 miles to get my 'proper' half marathon time (a PB no less). Baggage area too far from start and very chaotic - took ages to get my bag back and they relied on me pointing out my bag to identify it rather than using the number. Goody bag, utterly pointless - what a waste of plastic! Still a great race though and lovely medal, but probably at the maximum number of people it can accommodate - I found it very overcrowded along large sections of the course. Date of review: February 19, 2012