In short: Distance inaccurate, support very weak In full: This is my 5th brighton half and i was very disappointed. The actual distance was closer to 13.5. There was very little support, no music, and the goodie bags had just a piece of paper in them which seemed like a waste! Weather was fab and scenary beautiful though! Though why Katie price got a parking space at the start line i dont know! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Stressful at the start trying to get through all the crowds to drop your luggage off, but v quick once at that point. Pacers were not good, could not find the 2.15 person at start line so positioned myself in-between the 2h and 2h30 In full: First ever half marathon, great location, great atmosphere, great weather, great route however was spoilt for me for the following reasons:-
Stressful dropping off luggage - had to walk all the way through crowded areas to the luggage drop literally had 10 mins spare after that - not a great way to start
First half marathon, looking for a 2h20 so wanted to go with the 2h15 pacer, couldn't find her at start she was not there at the gun, the 2h and 2.30 was there. Spent first 4 miles with my head looking behind me every few minutes, and then at the u turn saw her as I was heading back, by about mile 7.5 she went passed me and I lost her at mile 9.5. Then at mile 11.5 the 2h30 guy jogged passed my at the last water stop passed hove, no one was around him, I could not believe it... he finished about 3 mins in front of me i.e. NOT in 2hours 30! ( it took us 5 mins to get to the line) are they paid to run - if so I am NOT impressed
My Garmin showed 13.5 miles - at 13.1 I was 2h19
At one lucoazde station my bottle hadn't been opened ( yes I am a first timer and did not notice) so had to use my teeth to bit into it.
I have only ever done a few small 10k runs, a local race, the Ricky Road Run that is very well organised, a Hellrunner and SOTF so some big events -
In summary crowd were great, route, weather just spoilt by the above
We all deserve an official statement Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Get the distance correct In full: As many people have mentioned issues with the distance, I thought I would add my bit to the calamity. I was trying to break 1.30 for the first time (and would have done, if it was 13.1). The distance is the fundamental part of a race, and in this day and age with technology is unforgivable. Just wish the race organisers would hold up their hands and admit it. wouldn't have been hard to spray a line across the road to indicate to the cone people where the u-turn was. Will not run again Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Missed out on cracking PB In full: Little more to add on the distance problems - I got 13.5 on my watch. OK, this race for me is a warm-up for VLM, but I've been trying to break my PB for nearly 3 years and felt I was on for it today; I had a great race and if the distance had been right I'd have come in just over 1:32, as it was I "officially" clocked 1:34:43 - about 15 seconds outside my PB!! How frustrating! Oh well, at least I discovered a sprint finish I never knew I had as I tried to beat my time.
Lovely weather, enthusiastic support, nice medal and thank you to all the volunteers but I won't be running this race again after such a basic organisational error. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: A great run and well worth doing! In full: On the whole, I lovve this race. Everyones real freindly and their is a great atmosphere about it. A bit narked that a "celeb" gets to park their car at the start line while the rest of us have to walk but ther than that, it was a great day all in all :o) Ran last year, this year and look forward to next year! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Frustrating In full: I did this race in 2010 and it was shambolic then. I entered this year having heard things were much improved in 2011. I knew I wasn't going to PB but I just couldn't work out how I had managed to miss my predicted time...now I know! A lot of people train very hard for this event and it is unforgiveable to get the distance wrong! I am happy some of the entry goes to charity so don't waste my time giving me a 'goody' bag that has two leaflets in it and nothing else. Absolutely pointless. Enough people have said how bad the start/toilets and baggage situation was. On a positive the medal was very nice this time around. The weather was amazing but thankfully that is not in the hands of the organisors! Big thanks to all the volunteers who did help out. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: It's not brain surgery - a half marathon is 13.1 miles! In full: This is the second time I've done this race and it's my most local hlaf, so i will probably give them another chance and do it again. But i have to agree with what everyone else has said: how difficult can it be to measure the course correctly - it's a fundamental duty of a race organiser. If you can't get that right then what's the point? To be out by almost half a mile? Come on! And I also must agree that for what you get this race is far too expensive. Last year there was a technical T-shirt and a plastic kit bag - so what happened this year? As usual in Brighton the atmosphere was fantastic, and the scenery is nice especially coming back down after the Marina turn, but I might just try Reading next year for my pre-marathon tune up! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: A real shame that a couple of things spoiled what could be a great race. In full: It wouldn't have taken much to make this a great race, it has a lot going for it. My comments to the organisers FWIW. 1, Thanks for putting on the race. I enjoyed it (apart from the disappointment of realising at mile 5 that somebody had screwed up and positioned the turnaround way too far to the east). Still, the crowds supporting, and friendly volunteers were great.
2. Please don't bother with "goody bags", they were just another disappointment. Spend the money on renting more portaloos.
3. Congestion at the start was not pleasant. requiring almost everybody to walk half a mile at a crawl. I'm sure you can come up with a better use of the space available.
4. Don't wait too much longer to issue an explanation and an apology for the distance mistake.
I know that sounds critical, but this race has the potential to be really special, I'll be back only if I get the feeling that lessons have really been learnt, and runner feedback taken on board. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Perfect conditions , had a great race !! In full: Really enjoyed the race , warm up was hard to follow as couldn't see . Pushed myself hard , split times were quicker than my training runs so couldn't understand my time ! Now I do !! Loved the medal , didn't need another tshirt or bag of rubbish !! Cones a pain, start and finish too crowded , loved that I beat Katie price ! !! Date of review: February 19, 2012