In short: Potentially an excellent race - when the hic-ups are ironed out In full: I arrived at the start line with 15 minutes to spare. There were not enough toilets, as far as I could see, to cater for the large numbers. I had to start at the back, and although not fast I am a sub-1:42 runner; barriers made it very difficult to get any further up the field, so I was stuck at the back. It took 8 minutes to cross the start line and an eternity to dodge past the slower runners - it was my worse time ever! It would be helpful if signs were clearly displayed to easily place people according to their potential. Marshalls were great. T-shirt - 'not another one' - would much prefer a medal (sorry). Date of review: March 5, 2009
In short: My first half and sub-two but no medal :-((( In full: New home town and where I did most of my training, but where was the medal. It was very difficult running over partially squashed paper cups as the water stations and sporadic local support made it more difficult. Felt sorry for the guy @ 8 miles who was on the verge of collapse and also to the chick at the bottom of the undercliff who had fallen - no marshals, but fellow runners helped her. Please in future provide a medal when you advertise it - my cleaner has already nicked my t-shirt ;-((( Date of review: March 5, 2009
In short: My 3rd Beacon half and finally got under 2 hours. Learnt my lesson from previous 2 experiences and took my own running fuel, half full cups of water are hopeless. No medal which was disappointing, advertised on RW that there would be one. In full: Spectator turn out was best so far. Great potential for a terrific seaside half but the organisers need to step it up and take on board the comments. Date of review: March 5, 2009
In short: Delighted with my PB - but organisers deserve serious criticism. In full: Poor and expensive parking, insufficient toilets, inconsiderate water supplies, lousy goody bag (for a Half at £25), cheapest possible T-shirt and no promised medal - all leave a bad feeling about this race. Emails sent via the web site (before and after the race) are not answered. Pleased the charity did so well - but we were taken for a ride. Now horrified to learn that so many chips failed. Next year they'll need to offer a better experience and keep their promises - or halve the entry fee. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Not good value In full: This race cost me £25 and also had a sponsor, yet there was no medal, and the water stations were a joke. During a half marathon you need at least 500ml of water....at least. We were provided with half a cup every 2-3 miles.
This has the potential to be an amazing race but i suspect the organisers are more focused on making a tidy profit from it. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Well done the Beacon In full: Thanks to all involved for a good race. Don't really agree with many of the critical comments - goody bag was fine and T shirt OK. Also think in most chipped races there are always a few that don't work (what % ??). Toilet queue wasn't too bad. Marshalls were excellent - encouraging and friendly. Crowd support very good through the town and at the end and of course the weather was just about perfect. Date of review: February 27, 2009