In short: Great course with a nice finish on Brighton beach In full: This was my second marathon (previously ran London) and I got a PB by ten minutes. I didn't notice the "hill", the incline at mile 10 that I was kind of dreading in the middle of a marathon was more a gentle slope. The course takes a really nice route around the town centre, and up and down the seafront and it's a really nice finish along the seafront.
The crowds were fantastic, and made a really good atmosphere. I thought the event was really well organised and they were very generous with the energy chews/gels, and energy drinks and water and frequent stations.
The only downside to this marathon was the amount of people who were walking and so getting in the way - seems to miss the point of the marathon to walk when it starts to get tough!
Definitely recommend the Brighton marathon. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Overpriced over rated , In full: The price for this race is criminal,the crowd are great,the organisers should be ashamed probably facilities for 2,to 3,000 max ,runners treated before and after as surplus to requirements,really need massive price reduction or up there game ,abysmal Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: great atmosphere and weather conditions= great day In full: 2nd year running at brighton and enjoyed it again.Was so pleased the weather transformed from saturday! Again I had a late start due to ridiculous toilet queues, and so was behind the 4:15 pacer despite aiming for 3:30. Didn't get a pb this year but loved the atmosphere, crowds, drums, music and everything else that is Brighton. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Some lovely views on the coast and phenomenal crowd support In full: This was my first marathon and it was a lovely day out for the whole family. I would also prefer the race numbers and info be posted out, and didn't receive any email with useful info beforehand. Realistically, the Expo is a way of funding these events for the organisers - fair enough. However, the sheer support from the amazing crowd made the day. My 3 kids loved watching, handing out jelly beans, and everyone was incredibly friendly. The scenery was lovely at points, and the grimness of the power station matched my feelings at 22miles! I think the crowd support made the difference to me in achieving my sub 4 target. Not convinced I want to do more marathons, as a cross country runner, but massive Thank You to everyone involved in making this work and so special for me. I think that there were plenty of water stations, well spaced, and certainly wouldn't get riled about the bloomin goody bag. The cereal bar sorted out my dicky tum! A lovely paddle in the sea with the kids in the sunshine at the end is undoubtedly a bonus. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Brilliant marathon for first timers In full: This was my first marathon and I have come away inspired to do it again. The hills were nothing that should tax anyone whose done sensible training, the crowds were incredible- even in the industrial area which wasnt really the "road to hell" at all. Loads of water and very friendly marshalls.Your own space to run in right from the start so getting into your race speed was no problem ( unlike what I've heard about London ) Do not hesitate to sign up for this one if you are thinking of doing your first one. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Brighton goes from strength to strength In full: Having missed last year I was back for a third time at this event. I prefer the re-routed course, there's now loads of PA in the corral area. As ever fabulous crowds and marshals, Even the dreaded Shoreham power station section had a reasonable level of support (putting the Scope double decker and drum group there was great). The water pouches were a revelation, very easy to use. I'd disagree with one of my fellow reviewers, I thought goodie bags were fine- something to eat and drink is fine, I don't need several flyers and a jar of cranberry jelly. I would however agree with several others in that having to attend the expo is a major turn off (particularly in light of Saturday's weather). Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Good course with fantastic crowd support In full: I really enjoyed the day, got a PB by 10 mins so very happy and there were some great plus points. The start seemed well organised, and setting each corral off separately to space runners out worked well and made for a nice relaxed start. Although there were long queues for the toilets in Preson Park, they moved very quickly and were well organised by the toilet marshals, and every toilet I used before during and after the race had toilet paper which was very impressive! The course marshalls were all very enthusiastic, and I liked the water pouches. I really liked the big screen at the Beach Village, it was lovely to sit in a deck chair in the sun watching other finishers coming through. Just a few small gripes, I appreciate the sentiment of not printing the race info to save the planet, but I have a very slow broadband connection which couldn't cope with a 60 odd page document. When I tried to print it at work to read later it didn't print very clearly, and it was a pain trying to pick out the pages with important info on from the unnecessary photo pages. I think it is important to have all the crucial info in a format that is easy to read and print so you can take it with you. It would also have been useful to have an overview map showing the Park and Ride locations in relation to the city. I thought the cost of the park and ride was quite high, and didn't understand why it closed two weeks before race day. The course was mostly good and wide enough for the number of runners, but there were a few pinch points, particularly the first water stop, which was in a really narrow street when half a mile later the course was wide open again and would have been a much more sensible location. A bit more signage at the end would have been good, I wondered around in a bit of a daze for a while unsure where to go until I stumbled on the Beach Village. Were there changing tents anywhere at the end - I didn't find them but maybe this was becasue I didn't print that bit of the race guide! If there is any way you could move Brighton Train Station nearer to the finish my legs would really appreciate it next year please!!! Date of review: April 15, 2013