In short: Beautiful course, pity the distance was out In full: A beautiful day for a run and a great course along the seafront. Shame the organisers couldn't measure the course out correctly, I measured 13.5 miles, making for a disappointing finish after training for the event. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Great race marred by wrongly measured distance In full: As others have said the course measured almost half a mile too long, even allowing for Garmin inaccuracies and the extra distance you run dodging peoole that isn't great. It would have made the difference between a PB for me and a few others I'm sure. The toilet queues were also badly managed with a barrier put too close to the loos. I queued for 30 mins and there were lots of people still not in the starting pens when the run started because of the queues. better signposting and queue management would have sorted it. Other than that a really enjoyable race but not sure if I'd do it again given the problems. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Great race....shame it wasn't actually a half-marathon In full: My timings totally agreed with the previous reviewer. The error was almost certainly between mile 4 and 5.
It's such a shame. The weather was fantastic and the organisation was very very good apart from the distance error, but distance matters an enormous amount.
My time was 1.31.46, if the course had been correctly measured I would have been inside 1.30, a personal best and something I would have felt incredibly proud of. I will still have fond memories of the Brighton HM but they will always be tinged with an intense disappointment.
I trained very hard to go sub 1.30 but the record book says I failed.
PS: I wore a t-shirt saying "I'm Ben!". To any of the people who shouted my name, thank you, made a massive difference.
In short: BIG measurement error at top turn In full: As everyone else has said, shocker with the course measurement. It was specifically between mile 4 and 5, some dope had put the turn too far away, so that mile turned out to be about 1.35 miles. Yes, there usually is some degree of error with Garmins, but NOT that bad!
I thought everything else with the organisation was good and efficient, just shame such a major error let them down badly and I hope they issue a statement of apology. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Lovely race - just needs a few tweaks In full: Pros - Great course, well organised, lovely atmosphere, brilliant chip timing/results online v.quickly, clear mile and km markers. Cons - Only a medal, no t-shirt. Rubbish goody bags. Start area v.crowded and confused. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Got to agee In full: 13.48 on my watch which, I was bleeping ok give or take 10 yards to start with but I put that down to where the lamp post are. Then after we started going back down the hill it started to get well out of sinc. I'm glad it's not my watch but I would have had a better PB than I got if it was measured correctly. Plus for the price the goody bag was shit!! They really let thenselves down today. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Good race - wrong distance In full: I spectated, but talked to many runners at the end who all measured the course at around 13.5 miles.
It always seems to be that races organised by clubs & runners tend to be more accurate over these things than those organised by charities or events companies. The latter must realise that getting the distance right is the most important element of the whole race. Try advertising it next year as a 13.5 mile half marathon and see how many entries you get.
There are people and organisations who can measure race courses properly. Suggest you look them up. I felt very sorry for all those runners who missed out on PBs due to the extra distance; that's thousands of miles of training that have gone to waste for many. Please don't make the mistake of thinking this is a trivial point, or runners will vote with their feet in future years. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Good - for a 13.5mile race. In full: Surely the most important element of organising a race is to get the course distance right? Yet I, and lots of other runners around me, had clocked over 13.5 miles as we crossed the finish line. I understand this was the case amongst some of the lead runners as well. I feel that months of training have gone to waste - and I've been robbed of a PB. It was a lovely course - but a polite message to the organisers: please realise that the majority of runners are out there to get a good time or beat their PB - we're not just there for a nice day out. "Approximately" 13.1 miles isn't good enough. Really not acceptable - particularly in view of the high entry price.
This is a significant downside to an otherwise well organised race - unless Sussex Beacon can get an accurately measured course next year, I won't be returning. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: An enjoyable race,but surely the course could be measured properly? I wasn't the only one whsoe garmin said in excess of 13.5 miles. Shame and really no excuse for poor course measurement. Date of review: February 19, 2012