In short: A crowded but well organised race In full: Found the facilities squashed in Madiera Drive and the inevitable queue for the toilets. Exiting out of the finishing area to go into town was tricky. The park and ride worked a treat though. Nice cliff top views of Brighton and race day atmosphere was good. The run was pleasurable after mile 10 but was tricky to pass people in places as this is where I ran my fastest miles. Organisers need to consider the layout at the start/finish and enable more space in the final three miles of the race as I had to be very careful when overtaking. Date of review: February 22, 2013
In short: Course measured long and not enough marshalls In full: As already said the course was long yet again. Inadequate water stations .. miles 3 and 11. Lucazade sport isn`t the same as water . Poor marshalling let spectators all over the start and finish so it was a real struggle to get to the correct place . Toilet facilities hopeless.. loads of people just had to wee on the beach.Plus side was that park and Ride was great . Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Running by the seaside In full: Overall, a great course (although slightly narrow in places, resulting in bottlenecks), a nice atmosphere and great medal and goody bag (the crisps were much appreciated and swiftly consumed). Toilets provision was minimal though, I didn't even try to get in the queue. Also, as mentioned by a few people on here, there wasn't enough water (and I wasn't sure about those water 'sacks'). I had a lovely time though and a shiny new HM pb to boot. I would definitely do it again. Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Two main problems - toilets and water In full: This is the second year that I have run the Brighton half, so I knew what to expect with the route. I really struggled with the lack of water between mile 3 and mile 11. Although there was lucozade this just isn't enough - particularly as the weather was unseasonably warm. The toilets, or lack of them, was appalling. In the end I had to go on the beach in full view of many dog walkers (sorry to them). The queue was huge and there was only 5 mins until the start. The organisers know how many people are coming so why can't they cater for this? Apart from the above, a well organised race with disappointing elements. Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Good course, well organised, busy in parts In full: Second time I've done the Brighton Half and this continues to be a great race. Good course - especially beautiful along the coast on a sunny day.
Friendly and well marshalled course; good support in the latter parts of the course. Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: an awesome run by the sea! In full: This was my first brighton half and wont be my last.weather was glorious and sunny but cool enough for running.plenty of great scenery en route from the pavillions,pier,coastline and big wheel.crowd support thru the city and seafront was great.lovely chunky medal and nice goody bag.equalled my pb and now one of my favourite half marathons.great work guys! Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: Good HM with good scenery and undulating hills!! In full: First HM since Oct due to injury and prep for the Brighton and London Marathons. Enjoyed the day and the Park & ride was excellent. Atmosphere was good but not anymore and the overall experience was good..more hills than I expected and would do again.. Date of review: February 19, 2013
In full: With just a couple of minor tweaks, this race would be fantastic.
Getting from the baggage pen to the start was more difficult owing to the number of non-runners present, so reserving that area for runners and volunteers only would be beneficial. There are a couple of pinch points at the start of the race and again at the end which meant running at the average pace, but overall the numbers of runners is about right. What wasn't right though was the lack of water stations - one at three miles and another at eleven was just not enough for we runners who prefer gels, and all that was needed was water as an option at an energy drink station.
However, I'm nit picking here. I really enjoyed the race and will definitely be back. Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: Great race In full: I love the Brighton Half, not least because the start line is a ten minute walk from my house. Parts of the course do get a little crowded but the support is brilliant and the new 'grandstand' make the sprint to the finish line a little more fun. Date of review: February 19, 2013