In short: Great crowds, great (faster) course, fantastic atmosphere - well done In full: This was the Goldilocks race - not too hot for the runners (unlike last year), not too cold for the crowds - just right. Lots of water, Powerade and Shot Blox, handed out by brilliant volunteers. Can't think how it could have been improved. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: My first marathon. The crowds and support was excellent, i'm already signed up for next years. In full: Book your digs early and get as close to the centre as you can. Parking isn't great, expect to pay. So many places to eat before and after (booking essential). Get to the start line no later than 8am as the queues for the portaloos are long. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: A race that didn't disappoint In full: After running London & Paris previously, Brighton certainly didn't disappoint.
The start did seem a little congested but soon thinned out. The crowd support in most places was great. The worst part had to be the power station section, didn't enjoy that section. Last two miles were superb especially seeing the wife at 25! Water pouches did seem a little hit & miss. Overall got PB so well chuffed! Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: A great race - much nicer than London In full: This is the second time I've run this race. And I really enjoyed it. Its a very friendly race with great crowd support. I like the course as its easy to break up the rece into sections. I liked the water pouches as i found it easy to run with them. I'll certainly run this one again. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Simply ace! In full: I entered this for the second year and yet again loved every minute of it. Left my hotel down on the seafront just after 7 and walked up to Preston park, even then the marshalls were very supportive wishing me luck. Such a buzz in the starting area with the scooter parade and I managed to high 5 gus poyet as I crossed the start line. The weather was perfect this year, the marshalls brilliant and those water pouches are perfect for holding when running.
The supporters around the route are the best ever (any Brighton locals you should be very proud), just a shame I couldn't acknowledge everyone but made a real effort to high 5 all the kids who called my name.
Managed to get a pb 3hr 54 which was 18 minutes faster than last year, i only have another 5 marathons and 3 half marathons to go this year! Anyone thinking about doing a marathon then look no further than this one, cannot rate it high enough!! Date of review: April 16, 2012
In full: This was our first marathon,i was running for the NSPCC and my friend for the Strokes. I've got to say that we didn't know what to expect on the day. The crowds were amazing and the fact that they kept calling out out names kept us going. The 20-23 mile round the industrial part was really hard going and the worst bit but then going back along the seafront to the end was amazing. The marshalls were friendly and helpful and the water packs were a good ideal once you got use to them though the first one i didn't know you just squeeze it i rip the tab and squeezed at the same time and it went all over my face!! Well it made my friend laugh. Lovely t-shirt but the goodie bag could be better. And a BIG THANKS to the NSPCC for the lovely massage and the sandwiches and coffee at the end. I would love to do it again now i've got the the first one under my belt. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Very well organised and fantastic support along the route In full: This was my first marathon and I can't fault the organisation. The route was varied and I agree with the comment that it broke down into manageable sections. The power station was a surprise to me, but even in that horrible industrial section there were marshals handing out drinks and gels and people had made it all the way out there to support the runners.
I hate to sound even slightly negative about this race, but I would agree that the goody bags were a little meagre!! Small thing though that shouldn't detract from this being a great race. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: The best one yet! In full: The weather was kinder, the course was improved by taking out the Ovingdean village section, and the organisation could again not be faulted. The water sachets, I thought, were so much better than bottles. The support from the hordes of people lining the streets was amazing and a huge thank you to all the volunteers and marshalls. I am going to have to mention this, but I got a new PB which was a whole 42 minutes faster than my previous one! I've already signed up for 2013... Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: What a great marathon! In full: Yet again, Brighton did us proud! Great support, very smooth organisation, even the weather co-operated. I thought the power station section was better supported this year than last, although it was a shame 'The Wall' wasn't there. It is a tough section, but I think it is probably worse if you don't know what to expect.
I heard a few people complain about the water sachets. I didn't use them myself, as I had a bladder in my backpack, but I think they were far safer than bottles and remove trip hazards.
Weather was perfect and the runner's pen at the end seemed much calmer than last year.
Have already bought places for next year for myself and OH.
Thanks Brighton for a fantastic weekend and a new PB for myself and my OH. Date of review: April 16, 2012