In short: Fantastic new route with a great PB potential! In full: Having first done the Brighton half in chaos and bad weather last year, I was much impressed with the new route and great organisation of thi years run! Route was excellent, crowd support was great, PB potential was great, fantastic medal... and even the weather stayed dry! Definitely a must do for anyone training for the Brighton Marathon as it takes in part of the marathon route.... a great practice run! Date of review: February 24, 2011
In short: Get spectators off the course !!!! In full: A great race, great new route and perfect weather conditions.
However, and this is a big however, you need to sort out the spectators wandering on to the course. I was nearly taken out by a child at mile 12 whose mother chose to let it wander right in front of the approaching runners i.e. me, without a care in the world. Result - I nearly went flying and had to stop dead. Barriers and/or tape would have alleviated this happening and I think it is something that should be considered for the future. That said, I got a PB by 3 minutes. See you next year. Date of review: February 24, 2011
In short: big city big half with 20 loos for 7500+ In full: Perfect weather, flat fast course, a PB must have really. Nice course. Lucozade and water stations, although the first was at mile 5 instead of mile 4. Crowds were few and extreme silent, no cheering at all. First loo enroute was at mile 11 ???? At the start there has been 20 loos max, with the existing ones at the playground. Come on, for 7500 runners plus spectators? Baggage area was fast and efficient. Date of review: February 23, 2011
In short: New PB! Hooray!! In full: Brighton was my first ever half marathon in 2009 and last year I used it as a test run to see whether I had recovered enough from injury to carry on a run the London marathon (I did!). I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for Brighton anyway and I wouldnt have missed my 3rd event for anything. Praying for better weather than last year (could it be worse??) I arrived undecided whether to race or pace. Having done the first mile in less than 8 minute miles and feeling pretty good I carried on working hard hoping for a PB. I wasnt prepared for the new route so the gradient going east was a bit of a surprise - but it did mean potentially a fast downhill section. Going west towards Hove was flat and seeing the front runners coming back was amazing. Turning round to see the pier in the distance through the mist was a bit of a tough reminder of the long drag back to the end and my mile 12 I was definitely close to a complete burnout. Then I heard the drummers who helped me to pick my pace up for a final agonising sprint to the line and I finished with a PB by over 3 minutes!
Thanks to the organisers for another fantastic event and I hope to be back next year.
Definitely recommend this one to any beginner, and anyone looking for a half marathon PB. Date of review: February 23, 2011
In short: Brighton Rocks... In full: My fourth time running this one and my fastest time around the course it would have been close to a PB had I not needed to gatecrash the Hove Bowling Club coffee morning and use their toilet. Where were the toilets on route? I queued for over half an hour beforehand and gave up just before the start for fear of getting stuck in traffic.
Much improved on previous years big field, nice medal and good sized water bottles and Lucozade. But the crowds were very quiet, I was trying to work out whether it was because of the early 9am start or due to Brighton and Hove being knocked out of the cup the day before!?!
Still my favourite half and excellent running conditions, but the climb up the hill the train station was a killer as was the 8 hour journey home, but I will be back! Date of review: February 23, 2011