In short: little bit hilly - and I was only doing the lhalf!! In full: didn't realize quite how hilly this course was going to be - but a great challenge anyway. Very well organized, although, as with most races, there was a shortage of toilets, but thats pretty much expected !! Date of review: April 14, 2012
In short: Hills, hills, hills In full: I knew it was going to be hilly but I wasn't prepared for just how hilly. Beachy Head but on the road. A few flats somewhere along the route would be welcome. Great organisation and fantastic marshalls. When I finished I swore never again, but now I'm thinking... maybe. Date of review: April 5, 2012
In short: Very hilly but stunning scenery and good organisation In full: Will definitely do again but need to forget the hills first and the course being a third of a mile longer (according to the GPS watches amongst us). The South Downs Marathon was easier! Good friendly atmosphere and faultless organisation. More of these marathons please! Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Fantastic Race In full: The cost of £32 to enter this race did seem a bit steep at first. However the race organisers did answer within 24 hours to a pre race enquiry and had a clear and easy website - which as I didn't receive my pre-race info via e-mail was not a problem as I could easily access the document on the website.
What was pleasing about this race was the opportunity to register the night before. Registration was quick and easy.
Onto the race - a decent attendance but best of all was the chip timing! The course is difficult though all on road however some really tough hills in it especially at the end which was cruel after running 26 (and we had already run up it once so we all knew it was there!).
The marshals were fantastic as were those manning the water stations. Really encouraging group of people. Thank you! The advantage of doing the marathon is you are given bottles of water rather than the flimsy plastic cups and on a hot day this was useful.
Decent medal, and nice t-shirt. I would definitley do it again. You may get a PB here but you'll have to have trained hard.
Great training for those planning on doing on other tough road marathons such as Great Langdale and Snowdonia.
In conclusion - a tough but enjoyable race. Well organised in a nice area. This race will, I am sure, become very popular over the next few years. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In full: Very well organised, marshalls were all positive offering encouragement, decent options at the feed stations rather than the usual water only option. Coke was welcome at the last feed station prior to the killer last hill which was never ending!! Only did the half, not sure how anyone could do the full. Well done to the organisers and thanks to the marshalls. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: My first marathon and LOVED it. It is the best organised , best value and very friendly race I have done. marshelling was super. Aid stations well equiped, Cant fault it. My only moan is that the showers were ICY cold!!! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: A seriously hilly course, forget personal bests. On the plus side, stunning scenery, great place for a race and really good value for money. Would recommend to anyone, providing that had done some hill training - as the non locals will testifty! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: The Sussex Marathon is a hill monster - but what a stunning route In full: Well organised event. Beautifully scenic route, but never ending ups and downs. Really struggled in the 2nd half. Find the Beachy Head Marathon easier! Nice to get a quality medal and tech t shirt. Great marshalls and feed stations throughout.A few tweaks to the route would be nice - everyone was over on their Garmins - lose the extra 500metres. Great to have a quality marathon in this region. Date of review: April 2, 2012