In short: Great event did it for The Hunger Project - brilliant support by the charity In full: Whilst there are loads of big charities to choose from I did it for a relatively small chartiy The Hunger Project - it is difficult to support us runners but they did loads of training walks for the walkers. Epic ultra marathon and definitely one for the diary - do it!! http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/getinvolved/london-2-brighton-challenge/ Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: This was a fantastic event that was extremely well organised and the hardest event i have ever done. I would certainly do it again and would recommend it to anybody who wanted a life changing exprerience. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: organisation - best ever - killer distance and mix terrain - not a race but a challenge just to complete In full: Despite being a runner I entered this race as a walking challenge having not run more than marathons. A few small hiccups before the day with start times (various start times in groups of 15 minutes throughout the morning). The route was exceptionally well signposted and was very easy to follow and got easier at night with glowing arrows. Marshalls fantastic. In places the course was a complete bog and dangerous in places if caution wasn't used due to the amount of mud (no suprise with the recent downpours).Every 12 or so km's there were drinks stations with food or snacks which were very well stocked and staffed. How would I improve this event - a) if i was to do this again would not want to be asking for charity donations as it will get a bit much doing this on a regular basis, however happy to pay £100ish for entry as that would be VFM. b)The finish at the race course was okay but would have been nice to have finished by the sea (Brighton Marina) or at the Amex stadium where the facilities maybe better (rail station nearby). c) Man the road crossing near the racecourse - after 99k senses are not at there sharpest for crossing a very busy complex junction that has no pedestrian lights!
Having said that this was one of the best / if not the best organised event I have taken part in out of over 100 events. 100k - This is a long, long, long way - my feet have never hurt so much for so long - a real sense of achievement! Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Fabulous, brilliantly organised, knackering! In full: This was my first ultra after only running my first marathon last month. Loved it. A run/walk strategy got our team of 4 in under 16 hours. Could not fault the organisation,directions were really clear and the support teams were wonderful. The weather was spectacular. It was rather muddy in places and there were rather too many stiles to cross over which took its toll in the latter stages as well as the giant hill just before 90K! One of the hardest yet most rewarding things that i have ever done. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: The Best Race I've ever done In full: The previous reviewer said it all, so I'll bve a bit lazier (I am tired after all). Amazing organisation, ultra friendly event, the route was glorious, how did they get that weather??? 6 weeks of pouring rain, then one day of glorious sunshine ! The route was pretty muddy, but never im[assable and, if I'm honest, a welcome excuse to walk a bit. Very very hilly and a real challenge. This one took real true grit to complete. The end, where I ran up the finishing straight of BrightonRacecourse, with everyone cheering me was very emotional. The only criticism is that I can't imagine what to do next ! Can anything compare to this experience? It's a massive task - took me 14 1/2 hours, but what a feeling. I ache everywhere. Your friends will look at you like you're a nutter (or a hero!). Only wish I'd taken more pics on my mobile. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Awesome organisation. It doesn't get any better than this! In full: For the first London to Brighton event organised by Action Challenge, I was utterly impressed with, well, just about everything. If they could have organised just a little bit more cloud cover in the opening stages (it was a bit sunny), it would have touched PERFECT! This was a fairly sizeable event, with 250 runners and 1250 walkers covering more than 60 miles of cross-country terrain. This included bridleways, paths, fields, hills and even a golf course (much to the bemusement of the golfers) and very little of the route actually took place on roads. Despite the tough terrain the signage was the best I've seen on any event, with clear pink arrows and tape appearing quite litterally every few yards. This must have taken some real co-ordination to do and made navigation a breeze. The rest-points and mid-points were major tented areas, with everything you could possibly need for support, from hot meals to medical supplies and I have to particularly mention the marshals who were cheering and clapping as each participant passed through. Considering the cut off time was 30 hours their enthusiasm was commendable. For anyone wanting to have a go at a 100km race, this is the one to go for. The support facilities were so good, the marshals so friendly and the course so varied and picturesque. It quite literally, does not get any better than this! Date of review: May 14, 2012