In short: Well organised venue, lovely scenery, tough hills. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed running those sussex hills. Very friendly and encouraging marshals. There was plenty of water stations and energy gels! I will definitely be back next year, maybe with a little bit more hill running practice. Date of review: April 11, 2013
In short: Lots of hills a good challenge. In full: Lots of hills and a great big one at the end. Will help me get a good time on a flatter course. Great day very hard but I enjoyed it, I think.... Date of review: April 10, 2013
In short: Fantastic but mad hills! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed my race! Great scenery with some lovely views, good support in some places, plenty of water and feed stations, overall fantastic! The hills were killers though, particularly the last one - twice!! Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Hilly! Reminded me of Beachy Head marathon but the road race version not trail. In full: My first time at Sussex marathon and was really impressed, smooth organisation, amazingly well supplied feed stations, all the way around. Very friendly and supportive marshals, they really make a race and a big thank you to everyone who gave up their Sunday. It was a very friendly race, plenty of smiling (despite the hills), however just being a friendly race wouldn't necessarily make it an ideal race for a beginner purely because it's such a tough one!
The last mile ( which seemed almost vertical at that point) was tough going, but the sense of achievement was immense when crossing the finish line, receiving a personal announcement and lovely welcome.
The hills pushed my time almost 35 mins over my PB on a flat course! Will return next year, if only to try to beat this year's time. Perhaps a little more hill training next year!? Date of review: April 7, 2013