In short: 2013 race review In full: Unable to review races beyond 2012 anywhere which seems strange! Done it 2yrs on the trot 2012/2013 and I will be back next year. Once you've run this race it becomes addictive. Some serious hills in the marathon and normally strong winds. Great marshalls and amazing feed stations. The only major issue is the lack of toilets. Please, please, please put more portaloos outside around the marque instead of just 2! In 2013 they ran a 10km as well, so the toilet situation became even more acute. The final gripe is that now there is a marathon and 10km being run on the same day the parking is starting to get tricky. I love this race and I will be back every year if possible. Sort out the toilet situation and this is the perfect race. Seems to get more popular each year. Date of review: December 6, 2013
In short: 2013 Race Review In full: Still as great an event as when I first encountered it in February 1985 with snow on the ground and then known as the Seven Sisters Marathon.
No snow this year, just glorious weather all day and with a welcome strong westerly breeze to assist in the final 10k over the Seven Sisters cliffs, which must be the hardest finish to a marathon anywhere.
Great bonhomie throughout with the traditional Scots Piper atop the first steep climb from the start and bands to entertain runners as they pass through villages enroute. As ever an event for the marathon gastronome with food aplenty at the many feeding stations and a filling hot meal at the finish in St Bedes school.
In short: Not flat...! In full: First marathon, baptism of fire. My Garmin registered 3,900 feet of climbing. The organisation was fantastic, loads of checkpoints & supportive marshals. Wide choice of food & drink at checkpoints (fruit cake, sticky buns, sausage rolls (!), water, squash, tea) *** I did the 2013 BHM but no link on Runners World to review it, hence doing the review under 2012. Maybe 2013 BHM didn't happen & I just dreamt it...?!?! Date of review: November 6, 2013
In short: very tough but rewarding In full: well was my 4th marathon and 1st at this particular race and wow did i do enough training up to 65 miles per week and many many miles up long steep hills on the sussex downs so well prepared for this one or so i thought , it was cruel and last 6 to 7 miles a killer but great pride afterwards but crawled down hill and suffered but next day no pains at all and quite proud meself i did it in 4 hours 16 in 232 position so 45 mins away from mr pb so dont expect to do anything like yr best as impossible as i found out the course was excellent with super views but 7 sisters at end are very tough so be prepared but hot cross buns mars bars chunks at water stations lol , but excellent organisation even a printed slip with time and position seconds after crossing line , hopefully im mad enough to come back even thought sat nite i promised no way , only negative was not enough mile markers as only saw 3 at 4 8 and 12 miles but well done and thanks to all who organised and stood there helping and all the runners :0 Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: As tough as expected but an excellent race. In full: Great course, but extremely tough, with pockets of energetic support en route and very enthusiastic marshals all the way. Impeccable organisation from what I saw. A huge sense of achievement afterwards. Well done and thanks to all involved in making it work. Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: You know you are alive after this one! In full: The 1st half of the race incredibly difficult due to the little breeze! The way back was dominatied by glorious sunshine , views and a helpful wind. Then the 7 sisters brought about fatigue.........marshalls were amazing! Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Train, train & train if you want no pain! In full: Due to injury I'd only managed 14.5 miles as my longest run building up to this. I had previously run it but, like childbirth (so my wife tells me), I'd forgotten how hard it is. I was fine for the first 16 miles but then everything hurt! Having said that, I loved it. Unforgettable feeling running parallel to the meander at Cuckmere Haven and back to the sea and the daunting Seven Sisters ( with some step sisters thrown in). Thank you for the excellent marshalling! Only one criticism. More signposts to toilets at the start - there were some horrendous queues in the cold wind. Date of review: October 29, 2012