In short: Great cause and intentions and lovely touches, but poor facilities for experienced racers In full: So much of this race was wonderful. The marshalls, community and friendly people of Eastbourne made it very special. I didn't mind the expensive entry fee because I wanted to contribute to the local charities but a couple of things were really poor and are a 'deal breaker'. 1. There must be a supervised baggage drop 2. The shed where we were expected to put our bags (unattended) was filthy - you can't expect people to use that 3. Not enough portaloos at all 4. Need to state in advance where the water stations will be situated
Please Eastbourne, you have a wonderful event here with so much good will and lovely touches from the community. The kids, guides, cadets, piper and sea-front crowds who cheered us on were superb. The route had a challenging hill and then lots of twists and turns after a long, slightly boring sea-front run. Not the greatest course... But for those travelling down to your event, there's got to be a more professional approach to baggage, goodie bag, changing/shower facilities (none!) and toilets. £18 is a LOT for a single race lacking in these facilities. If you want the 8 people back from our club next year, please take note and look to advertising these points as pluses for next year. A great cause and hope it went well for you and the community. Date of review: March 2, 2009
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