In short: A pleasant Day ..... Good experience for me working towards the 26.2 ! In full: A nice run .... bit of a killer hill ! but flat otherwise.... water stations left a lot to be desired and horrid tsate to the water as well.... not a prob to me as I carried a drink but could have been to others... ran out of water at the finish when I came through.... medal was a bit stingy considering the entry price. All round a reasonable day would return again next year. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Lack of safe baggage storage was a problem for me - meant I had to run 1/2 amil back to the car 1 and back to start 10 min s before race start. Water stations did not have water ready In full: Nice race but bug hill made this not a race fro pbs. Pleasant enough but I found the harbour section round the housing estate a bit boring. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Great in the right weather, despite a steep hill In full: One killer hill and steep descent, thankfully within the first 4 miles, but the rest is flat a you can hope for. Fortunate with the weather, imagine with a strong sea breeze and some rain it would be grim, but with a bit of sunshine it was a lovely run by the coast Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Once the big hill complete-a pleasant run In full: First time I've done this race and a good warm-up for the marathon. Once the big hill was complete, the rest of the course was pleasant and nice to run along the sea and bay. Very small criticism would be that the drinks stations were quite small and hidden, and not knowing where they were...found that I was suddenly upon them, which made getting across to them difficult, but wasn't a major isssue for me persoanlly. On the whole a lovely friendly race and would love to return again! Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Good, friendly, inclusive event. In full: This was my first race since coming back from injury (the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis, if you please) and my first participation of the event. I used this as a test to see where my overall fitness lay and I am pleased to say that things are getting back on track. Despite club runners like myself taking part, there was NO clubby elitism at all - how refreshing. We even had a team of Nordic Walkers taking part, which added interest to the event.
It seems that many coastal town/city events use the promenade a lot for their races, and Eastbourne is no exception. That said, it was miles better than my local Sussex Beacon half marathon, with its boring route and dreadful organisation. The hill between miles 2 and 3 had me crawling about a quarter of a mile before the downhill section, but my speedy descent of the downhill certainly made up for the steepness of the climb. Going down the tarmac road through woodland was quite scenic.
The route lacked a little in character on the way out to the harbour, but several twists and turns prevented it from becoming a boring 'up and down the prom' so to speak. All mile markers were prominently displayed and the race was very well marshalled. The medal was ok but could have been a bit more substantial. I had an unexpected photo opportunity and several photos of me were taken by a journalist from SportEngland prior to the race - what a great opportunity to pose in my club vest and skintight lycra!
Well, it's the Hilly Hastings Half in two weeks time, let's see what that brings. But for now, all appears quite satisfactory. Well done Eastbourne, keep up the good work. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: big hill but pb potential In full: Good race only change to make is the last drinks station. It was just before a short but steep slope which I didn't want to run up with a cup so went without. Water hand outs at second to last drinks station as marshalls were just standing behind the table not doing anything. Would do again Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Conditions near perfect, marshalling and water stations need a look at... In full: Th course is fun, not least because of the gruesome hill at 2 miles - but this is at least followed by a steep quick downhill section and it is this element that gives it PB potential. The marshalling though needs some work, especially around Sovereign harbour - keep dogs with owners rather than runners and keep pedestrians (esp those with prams to the side of a road/pavement opposite the apex of a bend! Mile markers past 8 miles not at all clear (where there any?). Worst element was the very poorly manned water station at 8m - just when you need a drink! It was a help yourself effort and in trying to avoid runners diving towards the table and then stopping to pick up, I missed out. Pricey, no goody bag. Date of review: March 1, 2009