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
In short: Completely spoilt the race with 13.51 Miles In full: I thought I had lost my pace at mile 7 when the marker was at 7.35, the previous ones were about 50M further, which is acceptable. I felt disheartened and wanted to give up as I had lost my pace and thought I couldn't get a PB. The organisers need to speak ASAP and be really really humble. Let's hope they don't pass the buck and that they do take responsibility. Otherwise it was well organised. But this is a major aspect to get wrong. People should be sacked or if volunteers not allowed to organise races again. I will want to do it next year but only if they assure us they have measured it 3 times on the morning of the race with a wheel, a bicycle and 3 or 4 garmins and google maps. WE have so much technology, how can this happen? I am pretty angry. It spoilt it for me. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: 13.5 who's having a laugh! In full: Could ba and has been a great race, however the extra distance will put a lot of people off this now and poor goody bags. I hope we get to see some official comment ....soon! Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Nice scenery and atmosphere, but 13.5 miles!!! In full: Quite a good race, the scenery was nice, the course would have been fast.
But I as well as so many others all recorded a distance of about 13.5 miles even though according to my garmin I ran mile splits all within 10 seconds of each other!
As others have said this was probably caused by an incorrectly placed U-turn cone.
Again as others have said the goody bad wasn't very good, the medal on the other hand was pretty good, also no free t-shirt but we knew that anyway.
I managed a pb of three and a half minutes, it would have been closer to seven and a half minutes if we ran 13.1 miles so on the whole the distance inaccuracy really spoilt an otherwise good event in my opinion as 0.4 of a mile is just way too much!
In short: Too long, and where's the goody bag? In full: Everyone's GPS put the course at around 13.5 miles, yet the organisers insist it was correct. Also, after proudly advertising "we don't have leaflet filled goody bags" all I got was a sweatshop bag with 2 leaflets in. The start was very confusing too, there didn't seem to be any guidance where to start depending on time.. Date of review: February 19, 2012