In full: Doing the Brighton Half had a special meaning to me as I'm from Brighton and I was glad to have done it as part of my London Marathon training.
Despite the mess up with the length of the course, overall I enjoyed the race and we were lucky to have a lovely sunny dry day :)
Organisationwise I thought it was rather poorly arranged. I think they should have put in place a one way system straight through Madeira Drive where finishers cross the finish line, pick up 'goodie' bag, banana, water, lucozade, medal, then have the bag collection, then the sponsor, charity and merchandise stalls then exit the other end of Madeira Drive - surely that makes sense?! Instead of having to push through all the crowds to get back to the pier?
I think there should be a runners only part of Madeira Drive until the end segment - this would also prevent spectators from jamming up the pier/roundabout area.
I wanted to buy a t shirt but of course I had no money on me so had to find my partner and had to battle my way through the spectators, kids, tricycles and dogs - it was very frustrating - only to get back to the stall to find out that the card machine didn't work (typical). This is the only stall which I think would be better placed at the front end of Madeira Drive (fortunately my partner had cash).
On the website they state that they are a 'sustainable' half marathon so do not supply goody bags... that didn't stop SweatShop giving us all a bag of leaflets though - double standards?! At least I had something to put my banana and drinks in. They obviously spent all the entry fee on the medal - which was great but its nice to receive a packet of showergel/deodrant or energy bar at the end of the race.
Other than that, there should have been more water stations perhaps with cups as there was a lot of wasted water bottles.
Also I reached one lucozade station and skipped the first few people giving out bottles and went to the end stack where I saw a full pallet of lucozade bottles but there were no people in front of it handing them out :/ so I missed out.
Otherwise I had a good time, if not a little frustrated by the thought that if the race was the correct length I would have pushed myself a bit more and got a sub 2hour time.
I would not recommend doing this as part of training for Brighton Marathon as its a very similar course and compared to Run to the Beat I found the double backing quite boring not to mention disheartening! Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Shambolic organisation! In full: This was my first time running the Brighton half and I mainly signed up to it as a precursor to the Brighton marathon (my first!) later this year. To start my race pack never arrived. No big deal, I emailed and let the organisers know and I was told it was no problem and I could pick up my number from the main information tent. I turned up bright and early but no one seemed to know where the information tent was. I walked around for about 20 mins, following signs to 'information' that led nowhere. I eventually found the unmarked, tiny white tent and waited in line with half an hour to go. I was still not at the front when the race started. Ten minutes later I was still waiting. It was then that a disgruntled security staff member rudely told us still in line that unless we crossed the start in the next two minutes we would be disqualified. In the same breath we were then told that all the numbers had been given out already and that we needed to wait to find out if there were any more available...do we stay or do we go?? I eventually managed to get a number and had to attempt to pin it on whilst racing to cross the starting line, not a great way to begin a 13 miles race! I then had to negotiate volunteers who were closing off the first section of the race to get ready for the childrens events. I ended up having to wait at a barrier before I could continue the run, whilst being told that if I couldn't be bothered to turn up on time then it was my own fault. The rest of the race was largely uneventful, zig zagging past people in order to find a pace that I could comfortably run at without being held back too much. The camber of the roads meant that by half way I was almost limping, the only saving grace being the beautiful weather and scenery. I finished a little slower than expected but was pleased that I had completed it and learnt some important route lessons for the marathon. Later on I found out that the route had not be measured accurately and we had all run close to 1km more than we should! Would never do this event again, you would have thought after 22 years they could have got the basics right. Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Shame about the distance cock-up In full: Enjoyed the race but finding it hard to understand how you can get the distance so wrong. Good atmosphere and good water/Lucozade stations and I suppose it's a pb as I've never run a 13.5 mile race before! Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Lovely atmosphere, lots of support, nice route not too challenging In full: Great race just the organisation a bit of a downer. Too few toilets, not enough people at the baggage collection, and lets not forget them getting the distance wrong this year! Overall tho, this is the first time I have done this race and I smashed my PB despite the extra distance. The support is great and it's pretty flat. Try start nearer the front maybe a time you don't expect to do. I started nearer the front so did not have to deal with the congestion issues at the start line that I have heard a lot talk about. Nice medal, and lots of fluid stations along the way Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Could do better In full: Its all been said about the distance! The kids in the youth race (1 mile) got a better goody bag at the end of their race (included a mars bar and shower gel). My 2:15 pacer was up and down in speed far too much. Great medal. Nice course. Needs lots more toilets for the amount of people taking part. Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Could have been great In full: OK, so it was the first time I'd run the Brighton half but fancied another coastal after Hastings in November.
Weather was great and contrary to what some have said, The start area was marked with expected finish times.
I did not use the baggage area as I parked in the Churchill NCP which was 10 minutes walk away so just changed there and walked down so I cannot comment on the organisation there.
Medal good, though I did ot see "goody bags" being distributed- didn't look as the race blurb had said not to expect one.
I ordered a t shirt when I entered and this was sent in the post prior to the event.
Loved the scenery, thought the crowds were encouraging and would like to thank the volunteers for their efforts on the day. Will be back next year, but only if they from isle to reduce the distance to 12.7 miles. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: For £28, must do better... In full: Good that organisers have taken the flak for mis-measuring the course, but they could hardly do anything else when confronted with the evidence of a thousand Garmins. This isn't a Saturday morning club run, this is a big money-spinner and people ARE entitled to feel aggrieved if they feel they haven't got £28 worth of customer service. The insulting bags - let's not call them goody bags as there were nothing but flyers in them - and the under-staffed baggage areas (thank you to the volunteers) - all reeked of an organiser skimping on its overheads to maximise profits. Rightly or wrongly, that's my perception and with hotel rooms in Brighton not coming cheap, I think I'll look elsewhere for a race this time next year. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: my first half marathon finished on a high In full: as a triathlete this was my first distance run.the course was brlliant hills at the beginning and mainly flat for the rest,was hoping for a sub 2.15 from RW plan and smashed 2hours dissapointed by extra milage but they held their hand up and corrected times accordingly.the medal was top notch and weighty.i pay £35 upwards for a tri race they are secure and you register i appreciate more people do these races but people did and could join in and finish and collect momento's whilst others paid £30 for good charities and priviledge to run.the biggest thing that peed me off was when you finished you were being pushed out of the way by supporters getting to friends and family instead of runners going to them they should close the finishing village off to the finishers.Brilliant weather virgin race over would do again thanks for the memories Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Course was great despite it being longer than the stated 13.1 miles .Organisation was pretty poor - especially the distance from the baggage area to the start through the thronging masses of both runners and spectators alike. Goody bag contained zero Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Loved it, despite the niggles In full: I live in Brighton and I love it. Yesterday was perfect weather and looking out over the sea/beach was lovely. It's a bit of a shame that the course was measured wrong...but on the bright side, I needed a slightly longer run to fit in with my marathon training AND I got a PB for 13.5 miles! Having sorted out the finish line (a problem in previous years), perhaps they'll measure it right next year! Date of review: February 20, 2012