In short: Like clockwork and hill surprisingly manageable. In full: Only my 2nd half and despite the hill (and no hill training) I smashed my previous best by 5 minutes. Had fun and plenty to see in the area but was a bit disappointed by the finish - got swiftly slapped with a medal and received nothing but some below average water to swig at the finish (and some chocolate). For such a well sponsored race I expected more freebies. Date of review: March 10, 2009
In short: Left a funny taste in the mouth In full: The hill was protracted & the water was only fit for gargling - nasty TCP taste. That aside the race was enjoyable but a bit more low key than I expecting in comparison to Brighton & Hastings. Perhaps they would get more entries if held after thee summer when it is not competing against superior local events. Date of review: March 10, 2009
In short: enjoyed it but struggled with the hill In full: This was my first half marathon, i enjoyed it but struggled with the hill, after that is was ok. I could not see any mile markers after about 7 miles to near the end, and the was a too long gap between the 2nd water station and the third. The harbour wasnt sign posted every well and it was easy to lose your way if u were one of the back runners. Overall i enjoyed the race and will be back next year. Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Really Enjoyable 1/2 marathon In full: Living in Brighton & having run the Brighton 1/2 last weekend, this race was a pleasant change. Less reliant on the seafront & without having to use the same out and back as Brighton. Main criticism is not knowing where the drink stops were going to be, however the support & course were fine. Will be back! Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Nice route, they could make it a bit more 'special'. In full: Would do it again as it's a nice route, shame they had run out of water at the finish line! and no goody bag just a banana... Date of review: March 3, 2009
In short: Needs improvement In full: Home town so have run this for last 3 years, however dont think I would travel to much far for this one. Being a local I am aware a good deal of the entry fee goes to charity which is good, however Eastbourne must realise there has to be a fine balance if they can lay on a well organised race more people will be attracted to it obviously its difficult being held the weekend between the two very well supported Brighton & Hastings Halfs. A few points I think that have been made but I will also emphisise, The dreadful lack of facilities at the start a suggestion to improve perhaps asking the council run Leisure Centre (Soverign Centre) over the road could be used for the morning to provide facilities ie toilets/showers/baggage and perhaps the offer of a free swim could be included into the entrance fee (like Hastings). The water stations could be better organised, who could possibly think it a good idea to have the first water station on a steep downhill maned by 2 kids and their mother. Talking of which there was a 5 minute wait for water at the finish which I did not want to try as all the previous cups round the course where foul, and I kid you not when I crossed the line I threw up wondering if it was something in the water!!!! These problems have been the same for the last 3 years so I urge Eastbourne do something about them and maybe in time we will be talking about the Eastbourne Half in the same breath as Brighton & Hastings, I hope so. For all that the support along the seafront was great and well done to the cadets/marshalls for giving up their sunday morning to help it is much appriciated. Date of review: March 3, 2009
In short: Organisation is improving. Hill is a challenge but worthwhile In full: It was good to see the organisation is improving but they still have much to learn. Simple improvement with a maximum effect is to coach the marshals to be more positive with directions and them to show enthusiasm. Water stop helpers should be trained, too, on efficient distribution and observation of the runners.
I applaud the marshalls and the water stops for their patience in waiting for the "back runners".
The Police and Cadet prescence is welcomed but would be better placed, in some instances, where their are more obvious dangers such as vehicles, public and adjoining roads or paths.
Despite all of this I would definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 3, 2009
In short: Great day plenty of marshals good support. In full: Really enjoyed the event, pleasent run along the coast, good support. The only thing I'd say is they needed water for the finishers at the end. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: A good race but could be a *great* race In full: This race is pretty good, the course is interesting and challenging and the support along the way excellent.
However (as has been mentioned) there are a couple of things that are stopping this event from being a really fantastic race: * Facitilites etc including toilets -need more! * Marshals were great and encouraging but some needed to be a bit better at pointing where we were supposed to be running, as in places it was hard to tell * The course was way over 13.1 miles coming out at 13.24 on my garmin, I know races are normally over but being over by 0.14 of a mile is a lot! * Great to have chip timing but I think it would have helped other runners if at the start there had been pace bands so you start with people who are aiming for the same time as you. * Pre-race information should contain much more information about where you can park.
So I don't want to sound overly negative, this race is very good and really well supported (and traffic free! which is fantastic as so many races don't have this) it's great how everyone in Eastbourne supports it. I just hope some of the suggestions could be looked at and make this race so much better - which it has the potential to be. Date of review: March 2, 2009