In short: Beautiful views out to sea... well worth the hills In full: Outstanding views and beautiful course with a great bunch and mixture of people. Wardens and organisers were fabulous support throughout. Lovely drinks stations and food stops (sausage roll really kept me going against the hills). Loved not having mile markers as was busy taking in the beauty and atmosphere instead of worrying about timing and pace. This was my first marathon and wouldn't have done any other. Gutted I missed out on the after race party though as didn't realise there was one. Maybe this could be better advertised next year. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: The hills, the hills... are alive with the sound of runners In full: I'd run on the outh Downs before, so thought i knew what I was letting myself in for. Only Id run over Beachy Head and the sisters in the opposite direction, so was suprised and horrified to find they are even worse travelling east.. And all that after 20 odd miles of all of the other hills in the area. Not for the faint hearted, or those that like a nice flat course. Organisation was great, marshalls and checkpoints wonderful, particular favourites were the sausage rolls - though I had to stop to finish it (cant walk up hills while eating the pastry delight), and coffee and cake before tackling Beachy Head itself. Chip timing was welcome, following what I understand was a fiasco with last years results, not necessarily for split second timing purposes, but at least everyone gets recorded :) I'll be back next year, probably in the rain/snow to see if I can run even one of the sisters (I doubt it) Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: A really tough well organised race. Great scenery but hard as nails hills In full: As another poster said, forget London, run a real marathon. This is one hard race and I swear all the way round I keep asking myself, why?
But the buzz you get from finishing makes me want t come back for more - a real sense of achievement once you cross the finish line.
Organisation was faultless. I agree with an earlier post, no need for chip timing, losing a couple seconds here or there - really doesn't matter Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Fallen in love again.. In full: After fours years of assorted injurys i was once again able to compete in my favorite UK race Thank you so much to all the organisers, volunteers & police staff that made the race possible.
Most important thanks to Iromman Sarah who dragged me along the flat & down hill at a mosy uncomfortable pace. I would never have posted the PB i did without you..
In short: Love it, love it, love it In full: The guys at Beachy did a brilliant job this year. Easy to pick up numbers. Loo queue not too bad. Fab weather out on the course and well stocked checkpoints with cake, mars bars, sausage rolls, crisps and very welcome tea and coffee. But what really makes this event is the runner camaraderie and the bloody amazing marshals some of who must be out there for hours and a still cheery and smiley.
Thank you all for organising a great race. :0) Date of review: October 22, 2011
In short: It's not a race it's a war In full: Ok a little dramatic I know but that is how I feel about this race/war...each hill is a battle to be won and it nearly defeats you on so many occasions. The views are first class, the crowd and organisation brilliant...Would hate to do this race in the rain as you are extremely exposed on the hills...It also take you through some lovely forests, quiet little villages and right to the top of every steep hills the organisers can find....I will go back just not for a while. Date of review: October 22, 2011
In short: Gruelling but worth the effort (this time)! In full: Another superb race from the Beachy organisers. The Seven *itches seemed even harder than last year with the wind against us as well but at least everyone else was walking up!All the fantastic touches like the free meal afterwards and the plentiful Check Point food supplies were there again. Just don't know if I could put my body though that again! Date of review: October 22, 2011