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
In short: Race OK but expensive and missing the litle touches In full: Race fine, weather good and some nice support. Hill a bit testing as was the harbour part with the sudden turns to cross bridges etc.,
The bad points for me where the cost - compared to Brighton this seems very expensive and especially so when you get to water stops with no helpers, and the finish with what has to be the smallest medal ever (not that I really want more of these - the T-Shirt - and goody bag - at Brighton was much better) and a mars bar. As someone else said the water tasted of TCP as well!
I guess things like the above and the fact that we paid £5.00 each for the kids race which was 2-laps of a public park! We need to encourage kids to our sport but at this price we will not be back next year - £15.00 for 3 x children to race is exorbitant. Please rethink this for next year.
Checked the website and see that charities benefit at least from our entry fees. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Pleasant run, will grow over the next couple of years! In full: I thought it was a nice, pleasant run considering its only in its 5th year. Enough runners to make it worthwhile, although the hill between 2-3 miles is a killer! Lovely views along the coast and potential for PB. I think it will get better over the coming years and I would probably do it again. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Pleasant race but I'm a sucker for a coastal run. In full: Hmm. What to say? I thought it was ok. Not great not bad. Not very scenic but nice to run along the shore. Enjoyed the hill but was very suprised so many people walked it after just 2 1/2 miles. Didn't really enjoy the latter stages through the estate and harbour too many road crossings and tight turns. Very well marshalled and and water stations well organised. Jelly baby hand outs was a nice touch. Glad I had a drink with me because the water had a really strange chemical taste to it. I couldn't drink it at all. Overall it was ok can't say more than that really. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Well organised race In full: This race is such good fun - the warm up team at the start enough toilets and the superb marshalls on the course including the cadets and local people . The hill at 3 is a tester but everyone knows its there so no shocks . And a bonus is the parking fees are so reasonable unlike some other seaside runs - Brighton could learn from this . Well done to all the organisers Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Well organised, fun race, mainly good senery, hill do able. In full: A reasonably challanging course due to step hill but do able, rewarding at end due to a long downward stretch. Well marshalled and friendly with plenty of chocs at the end. will do it again. Date of review: March 17, 2008
In short: The easing to Meads on the website! Er one big hill In full: They have responded to the sheer dullness of the end by taking round the other way into Sovereign Harbour. PB so enjoyed it! Date of review: March 3, 2008