In short: Definite PB Potential and a Nice Medal In full: The wind was kind to us this year. Didn't think it would be half hour before the start, but then the rain abated and the wind calmed. 4 laps of same route wasn't as tedious as expected - nice to go past the start/finish area where there was a little crowd of wellwishers. Commentator very kindly announcing your personal time/lap at each passing was appreciated. Nice medal and tshirt. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Flat, fast four looped course... for a great cause! In full: Did feel sorry for the kids race as it belted down, hadn't quite stopped by the time the main race started but wasn't as bad. Did rain a bit through the race but in fits and starts.
Course is very flat, four loops up and down the sea front essentially, just one very short (20m long) incline/decline) on each loop down to the beach level. Whilst looped courses aren't for everyone I quite enjoy them, loops 2 and 3 just seemed to fly by...
Just the one water station at the start/finish, which you passed on each loop, and if I had one minor suggestion for improvement would be to have the tables on both sides of the course so the fast runners can get them the same time as the slow ones... or have a second water station out on the course somewhere.
Marshalls were excellent, very encouraging and a special thank you to the announcer and a marshall who looked up our names on every lap and gave us a name check.
Roads were closed which adds to a fast time, there wasn't a whole lot of crowd support, but given the weather not surprising!
Very nice medal at the end, chip timing and best of all a whole table of cakes which were incredibly nice and very welcome. Big thank you to the cooks!
"Free" t-shirt for a donation to the Poppy Appeal... all in all excellent and deserving of more support, were about 450 runners or so which I think they announced was a record.
(To the chap who couldn't find any water at the end, when we finished (2.07) there was a table after the medals were handed out with water and bananas...)
In short: Excellent organisation, great marshals, quick course In full: Another great Poppy Half Marathon from the guys and girls over in Bexhill. Good organisation, fantastic medal and T shirt, a nice friendly local race. Sure, it's four laps, but you are along the prom for around 2.5 miles on each, with enough of a loop back round the park to break it up a bit and it's pretty easy to gauge your efforts. Wind and rain once again, but not as bad as last year! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In full: Friendly race but four laps of the same course make it predictably a bit dull, lovely cakes and medal at the end but no water!!! Was it me but didn't notice any mile markers either? Hopefully it will be sunny for them next year! Date of review: November 8, 2009