In short: Amazing Crowds In full: The idea of giving your race number out at the Expo on the day prior to the race was my only issue, because of having to travel down and need a hotel, added to this parking near the Expo was expensive and hard sought.
Race day, yes the queue for the porta-loo's was horrid, but well marshalled. As for the race, it took my breath away how so many people turned out to support this marathon, the people of Brighton welcome and enjoyed the spectacle and should be given praise for their superb attitude. Loved every minute of my first marathon in this wonderful bright city. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Brilliant for runners and supporters In full: I can't believe some of the moans about organization. Have you never been to a gig, football match or out of the house? It was busy finding people afterwards because loads of people were there. It was a brilliant day with a big improvement on last years time. Brilliant support around most of the route. Great strawberries in Ovingdean, thanks very much. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Great race, but expensive In full: I'm glad I had a hotel opposite Preston Park, because the toilet queues on site were generally horrendous. It wasn't too bad to simply use the urinals though. The race itself was fantastic with plentiful water stations and great crowd support. A couple of dodgy mile markers, which seemed to have been placed at random (miles 7 and 10), though this is not particularly unusual. Great to see the elites on their way to the finish. The out-and-back nature of the course made it tough going at times. The stretch along New Church Road seemed to go on forever! This is definitely a race to be experienced, but I have to mark it down for value. While I secured an early-bird entry for a reasonable price, the process of having to stay in Brighton to collect race packs from the Expo adds a considerable amount of time and expense. Surely you don't lose that many race packs in the postal system? Also, having to print out vital information from the race magazine is another pain. I don't believe that these methods are as "green" as you say. It simply palms off extra hidden costs to the competitors. If it wasn't for the cost and time involved I would unreservedly enter again because I enjoyed the race atmosphere very much. However, it will remain on my "maybe" pile while I try out more alternatives in the next few years. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Some improvements required In full: My first marathon but noticed long queues for toilets so jumped in before I needed them - lucky move! Congestion straight after passing 'Start' even for the first pen starters - unnecessary lost time. The mile markers and road crossing signs were same colour/size (why do the crossing signs need to face runners?) and in crowded areas I missed important mile markers. Staff at water & gel stations and start/finish were great and crowd support was unbelievable. Great promise, some minor/easy fixes could make this a special race in the calendar. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Fantastic day. My first marathon, alraedy signed up for next year In full: Not much to compare is to, as it was my first marathon, but it seemed very well organised. Frequent drinks stations, loads of supporters on the vast majority of the route, the atmosphere in the city centre was amazing. The much dreaded power station section was tough, but it's always going to be at that stage in the race. Very busy at the finish line, so make sure you pre-arrange to meet friends and family. Would recommend it. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Good spectator support, lots of water, some elements disappointing In full: My first marathon,so for a newbie this was a good choice, not too big but with the loops makes it a great place for supporters to see you and be seen. Negatives: Not nearly enough toilets at the start, repatriation area not big enough - 50m sq for 9000 runners! Congested going between mile 5 and 10 - why only one lane for the runners? and really got slowed down on the overdean loop. The power station stretch has been improved by having the cheer stations down there which did help. Why did mine, and all my friends garmins show a distance of 26.45 rather than 26.2? Thought it was very expensive, so probably would find a cheaper option, especially when have to combine it with travel and hotels. Would be good to get the trains to put on extra carriages. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: First marathon and enjoyed it immensely. Thanks to marshalls/helpers/spectators In full: The weather was good, as was the organisation, and the spectators really made the atmosphere special. They were the reason why I didn't just give up when my legs were aching! Really liked the big screen and commentary showing the runners finishing. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Could have had more toilets for the runners. The end was a bit chaotic but due to the amount of people I think it's hard to avoid. I think the whole course was great I would recommend this race to anyone I'm coming back next year Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Uplifting - better than London:) In full: WWW: marshalling - thank you you were amazing; entertainment - cheerleaders (wow!), Michael Buble ( was that you?), drumming bands, improvised DJs, spectators, other runners, medics, park n ride -I thank you all. EBI: park n ride - unnecessary queues at Moulescombe not the fault of the marshalls but double checking passes with lists unnecessary; queues for toilets at start; toilets need to be available at park n ride after a long drive.
My condolences to the family and loved ones of the young man that died - my thoughts are with you. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Fantastic , Amazing , In full: What can i say first ever marathon loved it. Amazing crowds that covered the whole 26.2 miles. Fantastic volunteers that gave over 100%, well organised start, course and excellent Finish area no major hold ups. For beginner friendliness you cant beat this marathon Date of review: April 16, 2013