In short: First marathon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In full: With this being my first marathon i hoped it would be special and it certainly lived up to the hype I'd read. The crowds were amazing and encouraged you every step of the way. I'd heard about the power station section being tough but it wasn't that bad and a number of supporters had managed to sneak in and keep the support going. The only negatives for me was the finish area where it took an age to walk through all the members of the public coming towards all the marathon finishers and the cotton finishers t-shirt. The medal is great! Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: not an alternative to london others better In full: my second time at Brighton and to be honest i don't think any lessons have been learned from the past.. firstly toilets, simply not enough at the start, Pens, 3:15 to 4 hr is too broad a span for the red pen, a minute and a half a mile variance resulted in a log jam occurring in the first mile in the narrow roads. The water pouches were never opened sufficiently and i ended up tearing at them with my teeth to open them. The course itself apart from the first few miles is rather boring, three out and backs with by far the worse one being to Hove, it is simply never ending and completely soul destroying. Also running around a dock is not the most scenic nor fresh smelling location.. The support in the town itself and on the front in the central area was fantastic as always, yet i crossed the line feeling slightly let down by the whole experience.. Then to top it off a nice medal but a very poor quality cotton T shirt to end up being thrown in a drawer never to be used again.. Technical T shirt PLEASE! Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: This one improved as the course went on In full: Main issues were 1. lack of enough sit-down toilets at the start, including the "VIP" area. 2. Course was too narrow coming out of Preston Park, and too congested/narrow for first three miles. Too many runners starting in advance of their realistic running position. Most of the rest was very good indeed. Good supplies of water, gatorade and gels. Nice weather for running, but the overcast skies subdued the crowds until the afternoon. When the sun came out, the wind was at my back and the support was much better. Very pleasant last few miles. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Great support, awesome water packets and perfect weather but why the stupid corner? In full: This is a great race. I've run the London Marathon which is obviously special but Brighton really does turn out for this and make it an equivalent experience. The water is plentiful, the gels and energy drinks regular and the sea front finish exhilarating.
Two smalls gripes:
1. Who's stupid idea was it to have a very narrow right hand corner within a few metres of the start. It resulted in me walking round it and a starting mile a minute slower than the others.
2. Please just shell out for some more toilets, particularly on route.
With this I think this could be my perfect race. Date of review: April 9, 2014