In short: An enjoyable, friendly race, that's improving well each year In full: Overall it feels like this event has improved since last year, when I think I described it on here as good, but could do better.
That pesky hill between miles 2 and 3 felt a lot longer this year! Such a relief to reach the top and then take a well-earned breather and loosen the legs on the subsequent downhill stretch.
There was an irritating headwind back along the sea front which meant it was another relief to enter the marina area which was a bit more sheltered.
Thanks to better weather conditions the support was a lot more noticeable this year - always good for a boost if required.
Nice to see pacers this year too. The 1:45 pacer chased me all around the course - I just couldn't shake him off ;)
Can't fault the organisation at all. Lots of marshals around the course. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Really enjoyed the run (organisation and support was great), but not keen on the course In full: Really enjoyed the run (organisation and support was great), but not keen on the course: the hill which starts at around 4.5km is really tough (my Garmin reckons a steady 118m climb over 2.3km); headwind all along the seafront was draining (OK unavoidable); but main gripe is the numerous (5-10) tight, sharp turns (e.g. through the harbour area) where you lose time and more importantly, rhythm. Definitely not a course for a PB, but great fun and a challenging workout! Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Excellent race and course, well worth the travel and money, huge recommendation In full: Everything that could have been controlled was controlled brilliantly. The uncontrollables, dog walkers, weather were the only negatives, but this didn't detract from my opinion of the event. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: One of my favourite courses, but small changes could make it a great race instead of the good race it currently is In full: Postivies * Support at mile 11, everyone else has mentioned it, but superb effort from the girls once again. * Bagpiper - what a hero standing out in the rain for at least an hour * Toilets - I arrived an hour early and they were deserted. If you need to go 10 minutes before the start, you've timed it wrong. * Parking - overlooked in other reviews, but brilliant. Plenty of space, easy to get in and out for those at the front. * Course - I love the hill at the start, then the winding hill down to the start again. Brilliant test, and brilliant fun. From eight miles onwards gives the impression of 'winding around to make up the distance', which brings me on to my negatives
Negatives * 21.3KMs is not a half marathon. It is a half marathon plus 200M. * Muddy field was in my opinion dangerous, it is lucky that noone got hurt slipping into the finish, it was a mudbath when I finished in 1:33, must have been AWFUL for those behind me.
My advice for next year to make the distance correct - Move the start/finish 100Ms closer to the exit of the field, eliminating the field as much as possible. Other than that small whine, which should not put anyone off doing this race if you're considering it in future, I love this course, love the atmosphere and will definitely be back for attempt #3 next year. Date of review: March 7, 2012
In short: Would be lovely on a sunny day In full: The course itself is good - a challenging climb up towards Beachy Head - but at the beginning of the race so over with before you know it - then flat along the seafront to the harbour and back.
It was a shame about the ghastly rain and wind but thanks must be given to those who turned out to cheer us on and especially the marshalls (girls on the bridges telling me I only had a couple of miles to go until a burger at the finish were ace!).
I would consider doing this again, especially if the sun was shining. It would be even better if there were more toilets/changing facilities and a goody bag (I've had way better goodies doing 5k races for less than half the price!) Date of review: March 7, 2012
In full: Yes the hill was hard, (I had to walk a couple times) but it was nice to get it out of the way earlier in the race. After we ran back down the hill the rest of the run was pretty much flat.
I enjoyed this race, I have only done 2 half's before and got my new PB on this one so I was pleased. The weather was horrible but there's not too much to be done about. The marshals were friendly (especially as they had to stand out in the wind and the rain) and I had no problem finding my way around the course.
The only 2 constructive criticisms my boyfriend (who also ran the race) and I would have for this race would be 1) a bag drop. We couldn't find any information if there even was one, so we left our stuff (warm jumpers!) in the car. And then when we got to the starting line we saw there was a place to put bags but it was unmanned. And 2) maybe it was just us but we both felt like there could have been an extra water station earlier on in the race. It felt like a very long time to the first one and then again to the second one.
All in all, I enjoyed running it though. And the chocolate bar at the end made it even better!