In short: some good, some not so In full: Good points - great support, plenty of water stations, well marshalled
Not so good points - driving to Brighton to pick up race number the day before the race. Every year the park and ride is disorganied, surely it can be improved by now. Gatorade as the sponsorsored drink, hard to find in shops compared to Powerade (previous drink sponsor)
In short: Another excellent Brighton Marathon In full: This was my 3rd Brighton Marathon, as a local resident this will always be a special race. Have signed-up for next year. Great to see so many peaple supporting the marathon. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: BRILLIANT BRILLIANT MARATHON In full: This is the second time I have run this marathon and I still love it as much as the first time. Fantastic atmosphere, great marshalls and aid stations, fantastic finish! Would highly reccommend. I love it!!! well done Brighton organisers! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: great support, lovey weather, ok organisation In full: My first marathon so it will always hold a special place with my. Being injured from the start, it was tough going, but the magnificent support helped my through. The weather was lovely and everyone running was really inspiring.
However, a few things that annoyed my a little. Having to collect race packs meant a hotel stay which increases cost substantially so if they did that next year I wouldn't do it again. The hotels know a lot of people are staying so charge extortionate amounts for a pokey little room (even though I booked in Jan). This isn't marathon organisers fault but it would have been better if they could have mailed them out.
I think there were plenty of water and fuelling stations and enough loos. The water pouches were really handy, much better than bottles.
Overall brilliant experience although I would only do it again if they sent the race packs out because otherwise it's just too expensive. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere, lots of support and lovely scenery. In full: I had a really good day and really appreciated that my supporters were able to see me at a number of different places on the day.
I really liked the water pouches - I could hold on to one for a few miles without too much effort and take in water when I wanted. I would recommend these for all races.
The only downside was having to pick up my number the day before. This meant a hotel stay, raising costs substantially. Would have preferred to have it sent out. I did enjoy the expo and would have visited regardless. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere. First time I've run it, although it's my local marathon. Will definitely do it again, although I prefer trail marathons. In full: Now on my to do list for next year when I will be better prepared, such as starting in the right place, not behind the 5 hour finishers! As a result I wasted a lot energy zigzagging round people in the first half. I think the time zones should be more clearly marked. However the atmosphere and support was fantastic and the weather improved throughout the race. Without such a slow start and getting cramp in the last 6 miles, I think I could have achieved my sub-4 hour target Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Great first marathon experience! In full: As it was my first marathon I was worried about the amount of runners and how the day would pan out. I loved it. I found it well organised, a nice, relatively flat route, great support along the way and fabulous finish line! The only negatives would be that there were not enough water stations - really struggled as it was warm, as well as the park and ride on the way back after the race. It was very difficult finding the busses and noone seemed to know where they were! Overall though a great first marathon experience! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Poor goody bag, not enough water stops In full: Compared to much less cheaper races the goody bag was terrible. One t-shirt, a drink and a banana!!
I also thought there wasn't enough water stops during the first 17 miles of the race - when compared to races such as the London Marathon
Finally, much worse for me was the poor guy who collapsed in the bus queue back to Mill Road. When the paramedics finally turned up, they stayed with him for 5 minutes and then sent him on the bus. On the journey to the car park, the poor guy collapsed again. Everyone on that bus knew the paramedics/first-aiders should have stayed with him longer the first time he collapsed. Poor show.
I agree with other comments about having to collect the numbers. If there was a decent sized expo to visit, I wouldn't mind - but it seemed a worthless exercise.
This is my third year doing Brighton - worse year running wise (injury), but I was very disappointed with the whole event (maybe the weather on the Saturday contributed to that as well) - Can't promise I will be back Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Well done BM Team, volunteers and brilliant corwds of supporters, truly great event In full: Excellent event which improves year on year and a great alternative (and preferable in my view) to London. Crowds this year were sensational - big, noisy and hugely supportive. The City has really taken to this event and it shows. Couple of worries I'd point out -the route out to Ovingdean seemed to be unnecessarily narrowed. For us mid-pack plodders, this meant it was a bit too crowded in the 5-8 mile section. A further increase in numbers would be a problem -the red start pen wasn't big enough for the numbers - we were bunched on the grass (mud !)at the start (although the following pen was held back until we'd gone - top marks for that) -would have preferred number to be posted out That said, will definitely do this again (already entered for next year at the ExPo) and hats off to the organising team, the army of volunteers, the cavalcade of motors, the crowds and locals for making this a truly memorable event that now runs like clockwork. Date of review: April 15, 2013