In short: Great experience but very tough In full: I trained on lots of hills for this race but it still wasn't enough. The race beat me and I would like to come back one day and have another go at it and do better. Would love to do it without walking and get a sub 4 hour time. Friendly with good organisation although chip timing makes it overpriced and is unnecessary Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Probably the best marathon in the world In full: and the toughest!
This run is perfect. You feel high on the fun and exhilaration of it, the madness of it, the charm of it, the stunning scenery, the supportive marshals, and the crazy food they provide at each stop. Do you fancy tea and cake, or a hot soup? Everyone is so friendly. It's such a wonderful atmosphere.
I did the Great North Run last month. From the ridiculous to the sublime. From an over-priced, congested, uninspiring and ugly course at Great North to the magnificence and warmth of the Beachy Head. From spending hours in my car trying to get out of the car park at Great North, to a hot shower and a slap up meal before wandering over to the pub at Beachy Head.
People always talk about the toughness of this run, but you don't get people collapsing with exhaustion or heart attacks, and that's because the run is varied - you use different muscle groups on the ups than you do on the downs and on the flats (few flats!), and also because you don't run it flat out, you have to walk at times, and this gives the body time to recover. It's very demanding, but it's not damaging to the body (well, apart from the toe nails because the steep descents push your feet to the front of your shoes!), and the organisers provide plenty of fuel at the checkpoints.
Great race. Legendary. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Can this event get any better, well it seems to each year I do it, you can't help but love and respect this event, fantastic organisation, brilliant marshals. In full: Didn't get my planned sub 4, but my times are still improving since my first Beachy Head in 2007. Back next year, you bet, would enter now if I could, hopefully next year I'll get the magic 3 Hour ....something. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Best Marathon Ever! In full: Love it, love it, love it. Beachy was blessed with fantastic weather again this year which only helped to make my favorite race even better. The addition of chip timing was excellent as were the marshals, those at the water station and everyone else involved. Can't wait till the next one! Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Glad not to be back at work on Monday!! In full: My first running marathon and I choose Beachy Head! I agree with lots of the other comments, the organisation; marshalls with their smiles, humour and encouragement; checkpoints with food and drink; and spectators were all great. What I will remember the most was the stunning views all the way round, and while tackling each of the 7 sisters your reward for reaching the top was another great view. This is what helped to spur me on and got me through what I found to be an unbelieveable challenge, along with my running partner's encouragement (thanks Sarah!) and my family cheering me on. The hill down to the finish line filled me with euphoria and a huge sense of achievement. Your time really does not matter, it is the finishing of such an experience that does. A brilliant weekend with sunshine all the way! Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Unacceptable - no excuse for no drinks at CP3 - huge blot on the organisation this year In full: Why did CP3 run out of water, I was in the middle of the pack - unacceptable as the organisers had known the number of runners for months.The rest of the organisation was good. Date of review: October 24, 2011