In short: The one hill goes on forever, other than that very flat and enjoyable In full: It was cold and windy, but very enjoyable and a good atmosphere. Coming from a flat part of the country the hill at mile 2 seemed to go on forever. I will have to do some serious hill training in future. Marina area a bot boring after the views along the promenade. Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: With the great scenery of the coastline and the hilly Downs there’s huge potential for a great course. It was therefore disappointing to end up twisting and turning round a modern housing estate. In full: My first time at Eastbourne. Great atmosphere, well organised with friendly and encouraging marshals. The first half of the course was fantastic, great scenery, straight and fast with a challenging climb thrown in. The second half was a huge let down. Numerous sharp turns, up and down kerbs while you work your way through a modern Taylor Wimpey style housing estate. This is a great shame, with the sea and the South Downs Eastbourne has so much more to offer. If EHM organisers want to increase the size of this event they need to encourage runners to come back year after year, to do this they really need to change the second half of the course. Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: Fun race, but not as easy as it may seem at first sight In full: I am glad this was not my first half marathon. While most of the course is flat, there is a steep and seemingly endless hill between miles 2 and 3 that challenges even seasoned runners. The subsequent downhill stretch is also quite steep and hence hard on the legs and feet (I got a big blister on my left foot). Overall, I enjoyed the run. It was not overly crowded and versatile enough to prevent boredom. The weather was also quite good on the day, except perhaps for the headwind in parts of the race. Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: Not for the faint hearted. Big climb then mainly flat. The twists, turns, switch backs, ramps and bridges let it down. The route seems drawn out just to make up the distance. Who would want to use this race for a PB? Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: Great for first timers. In full: This was my first half marathon and I loved every minute of it. The section round the harbour was a little quiet. On the hill it would have been good to have a walkers side and a runners side as we ran up it but had to dodge the walkers! Date of review: March 7, 2013
In short: Very enjoyable race, apart from the freezing weather In full: I love the seaside so this was a must for me. The organisation was very good and everyone was helpful and friendly. The big bag-drop/changing tent was a great place to shelter from the cold before the start! The hill was a challenge and the bands and piper added to the jollity. All round a great event. Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: My first ever race so have nothing to compare it with. Suffice to say I found it well organised, well supported and was proud to have been part of it. Can't wait for next year. be part of. Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Friendly, well organised, scenic in parts, boring in others, one horrible hill :-) In full: Organisation good at start though we were kept waiting in the cold for extra 5 minutes after start time. Marshalls etc all very friendly, some going the extra mile. Banter with spectators and public along footpaths great (I was in fancy dress). The hill needed to be walked up but otherwise flat. Loads of photographers but who do they work for? Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Mostly a lovely scenic route and extremely friendly crowd (runners and supporters). In full: This was my first half-marathon and I really enjoyed it despite nursing an ITB injury. Everyone was very welcoming and although I would've liked to see a 2:30 pacer, it was fine as I just fell into step behind a group of girls going at a similar pace.
The hill at mile 3 was a killer, even though I practised it a couple of times beforehand and regularly run hills in Ally Pally. The descent is an amazing pay off though; fast, meandering and with a beautiful view waiting for you at the bottom :)
The crowd and marshals were great and really motivating, and the drumming band was fantastic! Lovely that some of the fast finishers stayed to cheer on the rest of us despite the cold :)
The downsides were the dodgy route round the back of asda, and that at the very end when there were still people finishing after 3 hours they looked very lost as the crowd and marshals had left. It would be helpful if the route markers were a bit more obvious there, or if the finish was adjusted to avoid the awkward turnaround.
Overall though a brilliant day out and a fun race :) Would recommend it to newbies like myself! Date of review: March 6, 2013