In short: Distance was wrong which meant i missed my sub 2hr PB In full: They got the most inportant thing very wrong. other than that race was quite well organised but goody bag rubbish. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Good race, but, yes, the distance was way off In full: I know a lot of people put in a lot of time to get all the basics right, and the distance can sound churlish, but if the distance was long - and a hell of a lot of people agree on this - then I was denied a first time under 1.35, and a run that was a long way under that, rather then getting a marginal PB. I pushed myself hard on this one, like a lot of others, only to be undone by an error no self-respecting race should make. I feel frustrated and quite bitter about it. Nice marshals, pretty poor goody bag. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Great event but spoilt this year by innaccurate course measurement In full: My third Brighton Half and I've always enjoyed the race, the atmosphere and the city, but totally disappointed this year as the race was about 0.4 of a mile too long thereby denying me a PB time by a good 2 minutes! A great fun run, and the course has good PB potential so I hope the organisers learn from this mistake for future years. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Missed out on pb because it was further than 13.1 miles In full: I really enjoyed this race last year and got a pb. Can't say the same for this year- toilet q's were so long that I was late starting and had spent most of the race trying to overtake people. Did they have starting pens anyway? My garmin finish time was 13.8 miles. I know that some of this was weaving in and out of poeple but I was consistently 0.5 miles over on my garmin after mile 5. It is so annoying as I did 13.1 miles on my garmin in a pb time and yet was officially slower than last year.
Not sure I will do it again next year, such a shame as it used to be a good pb race Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: good venue, spoiled by unforgivable distance error. In full: Shame on you Brighton organisation team for messing up the distance. It should be one of the absolute basics to get right, instead it was a source of massive frustration for a lot of people. Capping off this frustration at the line, was an "Austerity Measures" finishing bag. I wonder how many people will come back next year for your 13.6 mile "not really" half marathon? Good luck with that, i will read with interest from afar. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: I must have missed the memo that said half mara's are now over 13.5 miles! In full: Worked hard to train to get a PB for this race and did get one - however would have been more impressive if the course had been measured properly. This cost me 4 minutes on my time - which is a big difference for me. It measured on my garmin at over 13.5 miles, as everyone has said the problem being between mile 4 and 5 by the time I got to mile 7 I was over half a mile out - alot when your chasing a certain time. The finish after was shambolic with no real organisation or knowing where to go - out of 6 other runners only one ended up with a goodie bag (which was just full of advertising stuff), 2 managed to get a wrist band, not everyone got a 'cup' of water, we all did manage to get a medal. For the cost this is now just a money making exercise with no thought put in to what runners at all levels actually want from a race - I will not be back which is a shame as I've run this race about 5 times - each year there just seems to be more problems. If you can't be bothered to measure it properly then why not just advertise it as an expensive fun run for those not going for times. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: The half marathon that wasn't... In full: I recorded 13.51 miles, and the differential changed the rhythm of my race and my approach/strategy... I agree with earlier comments, getting the distance right is race 101 stuff, no excuses - and I haven't seen any race organiser comments yet. For the record, my trusty Garmin 305 had mile 4 at 3.9, mile 5 at 5.4.... a country mile, maybe.
However - good medal, ok organisation, good support and thanks to all the marshalls as always.
In short: Beautiful day - thanks to the poor baggage crew In full: Not much can be added to the conversation about the distance. I'd just like to say thank you to the people at the baggage tent who worked incredibly hard. They really needed more help but can't blame the organisers as getting volunteers can be difficult. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Turn out East in the wrong place. In full: I did the 2011 and 2012 half marathons and have just compared the maps recorded on my Garmin (via Garmin connect). As many suspected, the turn out East (between 4 and 5 miles) was about 300 metres further on this time (adding approx. 600 metres to the course). Very frustrating.
Good course otherwise, but a silly error from the organisers to get it wrong in the first place and then very lazy not to check the distance. Date of review: February 19, 2012