In short: Could be so much better with very minor changes In full: 2014 was my second EB Half, and my debut running event in 2013 other than parkrun. Being local I feel obliged to take part, although that may change if improvements aren't forthcoming. It's a fairly straightforward course, with a hill that increases in steepness at about mile 3 for 1 mile.
First half of the race is very scenic as you run along the seafront and up towards Beachy Head. As soon as you turn off the seafront towards the harbour at about 8 miles your head starts playing games, and it is very dull from this point, and spectators are few and far between at this point. People that made the effort were very supportive though.
A 79 pence medal was issued. I know they have to be careful with costs, but a bespoke medal would be one of the improvements I would make as it's not the cheapest half. It would be nice to incorporate a bit of town centre to the route and less harbour.
Organisation though is very good, race packs sent out early, good instructions, marshals etc, and availability of chocolate bars at the end made up for the medal a bit. Roads were reopened before end which was a bit of a shame for slower runners.
All in all, worth doing, and very well organised, but could be so much better with minor tweaks. Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: Nice to have no traffic interfering. In full: A pleasant race despite the wind. The hill is tough enough, but it's out of the way early on. Instructions at the start were vague, and lack of signage for expected times caused some confusion. No water at 9 miles as promised, but overall a good mix of challenge and pleasure, with friendly marshalls. Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: It could be so much better In full: This race is split into two distinct sections. Eastbourne has a lot to offer and the first half of the race is glorious, along the seafront and up the foot of the downs. Superb scenery, fast and flat, a steady becoming challenging climb up the downs, down the hill recovering and then flat out back along the seafront... And then the second half. Twisting and turning your way through a modern housing estate, up and down kerbs and numerous tight turns, its impossible to keep a good pace and very dull indeed. Then to finish off a big S turn, as if the course were 1/4 mile sort so a bit was added on. There's nothing worse when you're exhausted, than being able to see the finish but not get to it! The Brighton Half a fortnight before attracts approximately 7000 entrants. Hastings Half three weeks later around 5000. Eastbourne 1300ish. Come on Eastbourne, you can do better. Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: Good Marshalling. The weather made it a very hard run. In full: Great marshals - thank you. No problems on the day. Could have done with directions to the free parking area as did not know the area. The very steep hills between miles 2 and 4 will put me off doing this race again. Also lacked atmosphere but then the wind did not help this. Sort of race you would do once and once only unless this is your local race, having said that on a nicer day running by the sea front would have been a pleasant experience on a calmer day! Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: nice eclectic course, great local support In full: glad I did this one. Didn't like going up the hill but going down it and right onto the seafront was great. Round the harbour was good too - big shout out also for the musicians along the route. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Hit & miss - odd route but brilliant locals! In full: The hill isn't THAT bad, for people looking for PB's however - forget about it! The worse part is wiggling around the harbour town where I was trying to figure out where to go, saw a couple of guys flapping there arms looking for someone to shout directions but other than that it's ok. Plenty of steel drum bands and enthusiastic locals to keep your energy levels high though. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Lovely tail wind, horrid head wind! In full: Well organised race, challenging well varied course which was helped/hindered by wind depending on what direction you are going. Date of review: March 2, 2014