In short: Great fun. well worth it In full: It's a perfect Marathon and always seems to have glorious weather. Great atmosphere at the start (always too few loos) but well organized. Race course is challenging but that's what you'd expect with a marathon. At mile 13 you're in town and have crowds of people cheering you on. I thought it was a little quieter this year in Hove, which was a shame.
As for those damn water bottles, I ran past several runners choking as the water was squirted in. It's natural to suck water in, NOT TO SQUIRT IN. I do like the style of the containers and they are easy to hold, it's just they are awful to use, if you're running this race for the first time, make sure you practise with these first. They are awful. My personal opinion only.
Organizers should be credited with improving the power station section, good idea to have several people handing out gels.
Was Juice FM there this year? Did seem a little quiet. Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Fantastic course, organisation and support - one of the highlights of my racing year In full: Second time of running Brighton Marathon and absolutely loved every minute of it again. I cannot fault the course, the organisation and the support throughout the full 26.2 miles. I beat last year's time by almost 30 minutes, coming in just under 4 hours at 03:59:46 (yes I did sprint those last 400 metres!)
I live in Brighton so know the course pretty well. The first 10 miles aren't hilly but there are a few inclines and I love that after 10 miles volunteers tell you that it's all downhill and flat from there. I don't even mind the 'Road to Hell/Shoreham Powerstation' that much - I figure that as long as I keep my head down and plough on through, the sooner I'll be on that lovely homestretch up past the pier.
I know the water pouches have had mixed reviews, personally I much preferred them as I find running with a bottle quite cumbersome.
A definite 10/10 from me and already signed up for next year. Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Great race in a great town - mini version of London in many senses In full: Great race - large enough to have the feel of a 'big marathon' with great crowds but nothing like as congested as London. Very lucky with the weather this year it seems, great organisation. Only slight complaint was the bit from 20-23 around the industrial estate ... not sure if there is anyway to avoid / reroute this (I think they have done well to have the only real hills of note in the first half) but if there is an alternative that would be great as it's the hardest part of the race mentally.... but then you are running a marathon afterall so it's not meant to be a piece of cake :-) App was really great and was very useful for the supporters. Very sure this one will grow and grow over the years to come! Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: 2 days later and I'm still buzzing! In full: Fantastic race. I would recommend to anyone whether you're a beginner to running or a veteran. I only entered as I missed out on the London ballot (again!) However my disappointment was short lived. Everything about this event was amazing - from the smooth organisation to the other runners. The one thing that stands out in my mind is the atmosphere and genuine excitement from the crowds of supporters who lined the streets. I have never felt so alive at the 13 mile point of any marathon. And the Brighton residents were superb, they have really taken this event to their hearts and this is only the 3rd one which has been staged! At this rate it won't be long before Brighton becomes 'bigger' than London. I know which event I'd rather spend my money on in future! Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Slightly challenging course, great crowds & great organisation In full: This was a really good marathon. The atmosphere was great with lots of supportive and generous spectatators. The organisation was excellent: plently of fuel and water stops, road crossings managed well, lovely marshalls and a good app. I thought the water pouches were certainly a great innovation and the CLIC energy cubes a very welcome alternative to my own gels!
I was under the impression that some hills had been taken out of the route, however this is not a pan flat course, it still undulates. Prepare for 20-3 miles, which are through a lumber yard, not the most fun place to run.
The App was good, but I would recommend having 10k or 5k time checks and not just the half way and the finish, to enable spectators to get a better idea of runner location.
If you can't get into London this is not a bad alternative so give it a go. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Great race, great organisation... And a PB for me ! In full: I must say this was one of the best organised races I have ever attended. My wife downloaded the iPhone app, and was texted as I crossed the halfway mark, with a finish time prediction that was bang on! And she got texted with my time about 1 minute after I'd finished which was great news because my stopwatch had packed up.
There was a rather dull 3-4 miles (it seemed that long) around an industrial estate at the 20-mile mark which was not very pleasant, but in general a very glorious run. Some areas were sparsely populated, but there were some sections that made the hairs on the back of my neck go up too!
I'm not sure why there are complaints about the water packets. They were regularly spaced, and I actually think this was a good way to get the fluid in to your mouth and not all over the floor!
I totally agree with those mentioning to book early. Brighton is Stag and Hen Do hell on a Saturday night. We stayed at the Travelodge in town, and it was very noisy indeed. The Travelodge at Preston Park looks to be the ultimate one, as you could fall out of it on to the start line! Probably a lot quieter as well as it's much further away from the seafront.
Anyways, well done Brighton. You put on a great event there. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Well organised but horrible water sachets. Boring and crowded sections. In full: Well-organised but water sachets useless for refilling your own bottle and a pain to use. Very crowded sections at Ovingdean and Shoreham power Station, which was a real boring drag. Excellent uplifting support in central sections. good alternative as a Spring marathon. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In full: Had a bad time myself due to my lack of training but thoroughly enjoyed the event. Plenty of water stations and the welcome energy cubes thats perked me up. Power station stretch was a real drag mentally but soon perked up when reached the final seafront stretch. Organisation was first class and if I was going to do a marathon again it would be this one! Date of review: April 16, 2012