In short: I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisers did a terrific job. The cold wind did make it tough - a preamblt to hastings? Would recommend and definitely run again. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Cold, Hilly Windy...but lots of fun! In full: A really good half marathon...yes there was a hill...but this makes it more fun and far more rewarsding once completed. Happily at the top there was a drinks station, but only giving flimsy paper cups which buckled as soon as you held them. ( Any chance of bottled water next time) Unless you stopped it was hard to take any fluid on board. EXCELLENT marshalling, the poor buggers looked colder than we did, but many of them gave encouragement as you passed.
I for one really enjoyed it and would love to try next year to see what difference the conditions made. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Beast of a hill and a killer wind. Support and marshalling was excellent. In full: I enjoyed the race despite the bitter wind as we ran along the sea front. The marshalls were excellent and supportive.
What happened to the mile markers though?! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Definitely NOT a flat race!! A lack of mile markers in many places! In full: This was definitely NOT a flat race with a horrendous uphill section starting at mile 3 for approximately 1 mile and then a steep downhill for a further mile.
There was a distinct lack of mile markers, not sure if these were blown off by the gale force winds, but it was rather off putting. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Eastbourne - the Sunshine Coast? Or more accurately, Windy City...! In full: This was my first ever half marathon - you don't ever get to run such a memorable race in the town you grew up in. So I'm slightly biased... but I had a fantastic day and was pleased with my respectable time, gained despite the wind (not the organisers' fault obviously) and the hill from hell which I only ever used to see from the comfort of my parents' car as they drove me home from school! Running up it was a different story.
So yes, I loved the course, loved the number of encouraging marshalls, loved the band at the Natural Fitness Centre - and the only thing I didn't love was the lack of mile markers. We had 1, 2, 5, 7 and 11 - and none inbetween, making it impossible to pace yourself if you're a relative beginner.
BUT - apart from that, I loved it and would definitely do it again.
In short: Great race - if it was without the intense wind! In full: Like everyone - the steep section of the hill at mile 3 was quite unexpected! A great race good organisation and lots of friendly support. But......... I have never run in wind that strong and hope to never do it again! Date of review: February 26, 2006