In short: I knew it was going to be an Excellent race In full: I could feel it in my bones that Bexhill half marathon was going to be a brilliant race, and I was right! Lets make no bones about it Bexhill half marathon is a fantastic race. The organisation, the Marshals, The Medal, T-shirt, the food and not to mention the chip timing makes this race (yes you guessed it) one of my all time favourites. But I must admit I am Bexhill Runners biggest fan. Lee well done on your announcement skills, you make it look so easy (you can talk for England). I think you deserve a medal for your efforts. The four laps were nice, but to be honest my left leg problems came back to bite me, which has knocked my confidence, this was probably my third most painful run. This race deserved to be rated much higher by Runners World raters. Why? Because it was a bargain, it had star quality, chip timing, attracted big Running Clubs, had tasty cakes, a first class chunky medal and a beautiful red t-shirt. Last but not least the fantastic Marshals who encouraged you all the w-a-y. What really made this race interesting were the runners. Some of the athletes were so driven that when you looked at them you could see the hunger in their eyes and fire in their belly.
Once again there were a handful of Orpington Road Runner supporters amongst the crowd. Thanks for your support it was music to my ears.
Mark my words Bexhill half marathon 2010 will be much bigger and popular – I can just feel it in my water.
In short: Nice, well organised race by the seaside. In full: On a sunny day it would have been glorious but as it was it still had a certain scenic charm at the promenade end of the route once the rain had eased off enough to see anything! Otherwise a friendly race with good support considering the weather and flat and fast enough for a PB even with the wind. Excellent cakes and very friendly marshalls(especially considering how cold and wet some of them must have been!) Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: Sea front views. Fast flat PB potential, weather permitting. In full: Very well organised with little or no queuing for number collection on the day. The four lap course made it easy for friends and relatives to give support without having to move position. To top it off the finishers medal is fantastic.I will definately be back next year, it is just a shame i missed the first year. Date of review: November 11, 2009
In short: Well organised race, and good chance for a PB In full: Had a great day, even the very wet weather could not dampen the spirits, the organisers were very friendly and helpful, some good kids races at the start great for the little ones, race split in to 4 laps so you can really try to beat each lap, so good PB as flat, course not stunning but along the seafront so not bad, support from crowd is nice and friendly and raced on closed roads, medal excellant as good as some big city marathons, and very nice T shirt and all collected for a good charity cause Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Sea-side fun! In full: I too travelled a few hours to get to this race and it was worth every minute. I knew it was going to be a multi-lap, as would everyone else who entered had they done the smallest amount of research, so there can be no complaints there. The start area was pretty busy with everyone sheltering from the rain in the start tent but I made my way to the clubhouse opposite which was empty, so changed, used the loo and relaxed there. It was avaialble to all as I heard a few announcements being made but people seem to be happier huddling together in the tent. The weather in the end was ok, the rain was light (unlike for the kids run) and the wind not too strong. For a Londoner anytime spent by the seaside is a joy so I loved running by the coast. The marshalls were absolutely fantastic and those with race clipboards often called out individual names. The 3rd and 4th laps seemed to go by pretty quickly and it was quite inspiring to see the elite athletes running in the opposite direction. I was determined not to get lapped but unfortunately failed! 31 seconds outside my PB (Wokingham) so was very happy. Cake at the end was of course wonderful. Well deserved sleep on the train home ended a great day. Thanks so much Bexhill for a fantastic race. It's these sort of small, friendly races that keep me wanting to come back for more. Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Worth finishing for the cakes In full: It was cold and wet but not as windy as last year. The course remained the same 4 circuits, at least you can't get lost, along the seafront and the park. Marshalls were charming and the atmosphere relaxed. The end was welcome as were the cakes which I'm pleased to report were as delicious as last year. Very nice medal and quality t-shirt, 5 minutes quicker than last year and not wind assisted. Back for more next year. Date of review: November 10, 2009
In full: my second year for the Half, a fabulous addition to the Bexhill runners Series of races. Very Friendly! very well organised! I'll be back next year. A big thank you! Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Fantastic!!! In full: I heartily endorse all the positive comments that have been made by other competitors. I achieved a PB of 1/41/36 at the grand old age of 59 yrs and 8 days and I'm still on cloud 10!! Date of review: November 10, 2009