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
In short: Just........awesome In full: Wow. What a great day out. Yes, it's as hard as hell in parts (last 6/7 miles are brutal) but the weather was perfect, the organisation faultless and fellow runners cheerful and sociable.
Good start/finish arrangements, fabulous marshalling (cheery 'well done' from every one), wonderful checkpoints and a nice meal at the end (great chance to chat to fellow runners).
Top rating though goes to the South Downs - on a bright, crystal clear day the views were just sensational. If the organsiers could have ordered weather they would he ordered todays.
Almost impossible to find anything to be improved, but I'm not really sure why chip timing was needed. It's not that kind of race, and I didn't see any split-time mats anywhere. Save a few quid and don't bother......!
Top, top event as usual and thanks and well done to all at Eastbourne Council and others that put this together. Date of review: October 22, 2011
In short: Outstanding but very tough for a marathon novice In full: Quite simply as brilliant as so many reviews attest. Thank you lone piper and thank you to every single bystander who offered a word of encouragement. Two things would improve it: add another water station at 6 miles so the first is not at almost 9 miles. Secondly, add mile markers for those not wearing distance calculators. Date of review: November 18, 2010
In short: Hardest thing I've ever done! In full: Gloriously beautiful race along cliff tops and the South Downs. Mind numbingly exhausting, hardly a flat bit anywhere. Tremendous atmosphere, fabulously stewarded. My only grumble was that it seems no one bothered to write my number down when I finished. Oh well - maybe next year. Date of review: November 11, 2010
In short: This event just takes your breath away ! In full: Superb organisation,great course views countryside/hills/white cliffs/sea - well stocked CP's, plenty of marshalls to guide you - great weather and conditions this year,a swim and a meal at the finish - just a great day out over the downs. Date of review: November 5, 2010
In short: Simply the best! In full: This year's weather didn't disappoint, making up for the dismal conditions of last year. However it's when you get conditions like this year's that makes you want to keep coming back - whatever the weather. This was my 14th! Date of review: November 5, 2010