In short: Race distance wrong In full: The start was overcrowded resulting in difficulty accessing the relevant pen. The worst goody bag ever - was this item a joke? The distance of this race was incorrect - is this excusable in an event of this prestige. Good support and worth a visit. I thought the t-shirts were pricey. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: THANKS FOR THE...CARRIER BAG?!? In full: LOVE Brighton so was excited to do a race there despite recovering from 'Manflu...double double pneumonia'! Good points: you can't beat a run along the sea front especially when the weather is fantastic as it was on Sunday! Down points: A few 'bottle neck' areas which (ehem...any excuse!) slowed the flow a bit. Was good to see the finish line...I am soooo pleased to read I ran longer than I thought! Odd to be give a carrier bag filled with...NOTHING! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Well organisated, shame about the goody bag In full: Getting to the Baggage area for the pier was not easy as there was a lot people standing around the start/finish line making if difficult getting past them, then there was the charity tents to get past as well, to get round them the runners were moving the barriers to easy the bottle neck. The goody bag l would have expect a cereal bar instead of leaflets'.
On the plus side the route was very good, to get the hills done first when you are still fresh, but you still get a few people in the way of the course which can cause some problems when you are running in a pack.
In short: Nice Sunday morning run! In full: I enjoyed this race overall. The baggage area felt secure, there were Lucozade drinks, gels, energy bars, time bands at the start,and I didn't feel there was much hanging around. No problems getting my bag after and plenty of drinks around. Although people who didn't use the baggage area may have missed the goodies as it was all further down from the finish. The goodie bag consisting of 2 leaflets did make me laugh!
Course was too narrow in a lot places so I felt a bit restricted until post 9 mile mark. Although the seafront is a lovely view it got a bit boring as it was just running up and down the seafront using the same road.
I'd also recorded 13.55 miles on my Garmin, but I've recorded 13.42m at Bupa Birmingham HM and 13.46m at Reading HM last year so I did just put it down to my own running route, but interesting to hear so many others doing the same for this race.
In short: Potentially great day spoilt by mistakes by organisers In full: The course measured .4 miles too long which is unacceptable really for a race that has been put on for a number of years. I've heard good things about the trace but can't say this year was a good one.
The queues for the toilet were also a nuisance as they were parallel to the start so there was no room for the flow of people going from the bag drop to the front of the start area.
Also, it'd be great have larger entrances to the starting area. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Would have been perfect without the extra half a mile! In full: This should have been a really good PB smashing course - flat, good scenery, brilliant Brighton crowds, glorious sunshine and (relatively) little sea wind. But it was spoilt by one simple thing; the distance. I ran my legs off and completed the 13.1 half marathon distance in 1.43 (under 1.45 is a miracle for me), but my chip time was 1.46 as I had to do the extra .4 of a mile to the finish line. Running along the sea front in the sunshine was lovely, although I found it a little depressing to do what was essentially shuttle runs for 13 odd miles! I didn't notice that the baggage area was congested, but the goody bag was a complete waste of time. It had nothing except adverts in it! I just feel a little cheated by the distance because 1.46 doesn't sound anywhere near as good as 1.43! Still, apparently they measured the course too short last year, so next year will be perfect! Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: How the hell can you get the distance so wrong!? Left this beginner feeling really depressed In full: This wasn't my first race but I was starting to wonder what had gone wrong when my garmin was consistently showing me to be .5 miles ahead of the mile markers. How could they get the distance so wrong. It also meant that my time was about 7 minutes longer than it should have been which can be pretty soul destroying for a beginner.
As for the goodie bag - I would have expected Right-on Brighton of all places to be aware that handing out thousands of empty carrier bags that were just ending up in a bin was not the most environmentally friendly thing to do.
In short: Worth running but shame course 13.5m In full: I have run this race 3 times, in 2010 it was a shambles but 2011 race was pretty well organised. It was therefore somewhat of a surprise that 2012 was so poor. The start area was very crowded making it difficult to get to and from baggage area. The course in places was narrow and I had to deal with oncoming runners on a number of occasions. Cones were a hazard as were discarded water bottles. The extra distance was of course very unfortunate.