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
In short: A good race on a nice day. Improving every year In full: The hill is a challenge. But once that's out the way it's a fairly flat course with good PB potential. Bit boring around the harbour. Couple of grumbles: roads weren't closed around the harbour,so had to run on the path and start line wasn't in time zones,so it was easy to get in with the faster runners. No finish line photos. Couple of good points: drummers by the bandstand were great as were the marshals. Very encouraging and friendly. Especially the girls on mile 9. Overall I thought it was a nice race. Smaller scale than Brighton or Hastings but improving all the time. I would run again! Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Well organised, good crowd and nice scenic in parts. Definitely recommend In full: Really enjoyed this race, particularly as I set a PB. Easy to get to with good parking. Start was well organised with easy bag drop. A good crowd along the route with some great volunteers along the way, bringing a smile to my face. Particularly two girls doing mobot and bolt!! Only moan would be that my bag was put in the wrong place and took sometime to find it, whilst I was getting cold. Other than that, hope to be back next year for another PB. Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Other than one mega hill, flat along the seafront, well organised, small and friendly In full: Well organised, parking facilities great. Marshals and entertainers really encouraging and helpful. Pacers easy to see, whole race small and friendly. Good mix of club runners and beginners. Last few miles a bit boring round residential Eastbourne. Hill between miles 2-3 very challenging but easy to make up time on run back down. Overall a good event, would run again Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Good organised race, well worth doing! In full: Great race and a nice challenging hill between 3 and 4 mile! The only thing I didn't like was the start as you climbed the bank onto the road as people stopped to walk up it! Date of review: March 6, 2013