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
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