In short: Great weather, nice run, poor start organisation In full: The organisation this year didn't seem to be as good as 2013, the loo queues were ridiculous and lots of non runners in lines. Not easy to see how to get in the right pen and no-one to help. Once the race started the water/drink stations were better this year and all the volunteers on the course were great, especially after mile 8. Weather couldn't have been better. Distinct lack of toilets along the course this year. A good second run, got a pb but I think I'll try another half in future. Date of review: February 20, 2014
In short: Chaotic Start In full: Brighton and it's people and the volunteers are the stars of this race. Organisers did well apart from the terrible conditions at the start. Nobody could move past the tents and spectators to get to the baggage drop. The tents need to be opposite the baggage drop rather than by the start pens. Huge bottlenecks caused chaos andd runners stressed and confused. Needs sorting next year. Date of review: February 20, 2014
In short: Great once you start running, chaotic at the start In full: A great race with good view, good support and (in 2014!) surprisingly good weather. It is not a fast course - there is a small hill and the running space narrows in parts, which can make it difficult to pass people.
The main thing the organisers need to do is sort out the start! The toilet arrangements this year were horrendous. There may have been more of them, but access was impossible. Date of review: February 20, 2014
In short: My second time in a row, and I'll be back again! In full: Loved taking part in this race, again! We were helped by great weather, but I love the medal and the atmosphere of this race. The course is good and fast, the atmosphere fantastic and the marshalls and crowds are a credit to the city and the event.
I look forward to coming back for year 3 in 2015. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: My first Half Marathon, Local race, Very popular, Lovely run by the sea, Fantastic support In full: This was my very first Half and being a local girl too it will be one I come back to year after year. I have only been running since last May so this is by far the biggest race I have been in. I know that road running in big crowds is not going to be my thing but this was a great race with some amazing support from the crowds and a fantastic medal at the finish. Bit boring from 8-10 miles as you head out of the crowds and a tough part of the race for me and for many i would think, but you pick the seafront and the crowds back up just after 10 miles as a lift for the last 3 miles home. Weather was stunning luckily but could be very tough in wind & rain as right on the coast. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Still plagued by organisation issues In full: Having done Brighton for a number of years now, I have to take issue with the people who say the organisation is much improved. The pre-race is quite chaotic as you have to fight your way through the crowds to reach the baggage trucks, which takes ages - letting only runners beyond the start would help (as would stopping people taking bikes/pushchairs etc into massive crowds...). The first stretch is extremely narrow and congested, which is to be expected, but then there's at least three further sections (of up to half a mile) where you simply can't run at your own pace because it's too narrow. I think it's unreasonable to quibble about this at the start, but when it comes to 4/5 miles, 6/7 miles and 12 miles, you're entitled to expect to run unencumbered. As mentioned, it's extremely expensive for what it is too. I'll be back because it's my local half but, if I didn't live in Brighton, I'm not sure I'd be making the effort. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: super support off the public In full: good atmosphere, good route, no real hold-ups despite the large volume of runners. Well marshalled, very good support off the public and the park and ride scheme worked very well. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: A much improved race helped by glorious conditions In full: Although being local I have not done this event for 5 years as my experiences of the earlier event were extremely negative. However, well done to the organisers - this is a much improved event. Plenty of toilets at the start, really well-organised bag drop and pick-up - smooth throughout and even a medal at the end! A water station somewhere between 6 and 10 miles would have been good, but the conditions were perfect and I knocked 7 mins off my time so thrilled to get a pb of 1:45. Thanks to all the marshalls! Date of review: February 17, 2014