In short: good but has its problems In full: This was my first marathon but I've done a lot of other running races over the years. The first half is great but the second half is dull and monotonous which is a shame. What annoyed me about this race is the fact you have to collect your number on the Fri or sat before race day which is very inconvenient. This is just to get you spending money in their race village but adds massively to the race cost in petrol or extra accommodation. Please post the numbers! Also there are not enough toilets at the start, in fact it's a complete nightmare, I queued for 40 mins and only just made my wave! That made the hour before the race even more stressful than it would have been anyway. Not happy. Also fed up with all the marketing hype whilst waiting for the 2016 places to go for sale. One week places are open, then they are closed then they are opening again. For gods sake stop trying to create a frenzy and put the places up for sale! It's all very tedious once I've done this race a second time I will move to smaller less faffy marathons. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: great atmosphere good scenery (for most of it) and good organization In full: I like others would like race numbers sent out as getting to the expo means having to spend night before in brighton and as I stay on the night of the race it works out a very expensive weekend.and talking of expensive why so much to run it? Especially when london is only £37 (I think).apart from the above points I love this race and the crowds are fantastic.I seem to he in the minority here but I thought the cups were a great idea no problem at all drinking out of them all that was needed was to squeeze the cup to make a funnel.and to finish on what a fantastic place to celebrate with friends and family on completion. Am definitely back next year Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Too much out and back. In full: Been meaning to do this marathon for years, I'm a local from seaford.
Pros. Scenic, quite interesting first 9 miles. Start line was well thought out and worked quite well. Great atmosphere and chirpy crowd. overall race was well organised, and medical staff were being very prompt when runners went down. Finish was a bit chaotic, but that's in comparison to my last marathon (london)
Cons. Way, way, way too much out and back. I'm slightly sad that this is the best the organizers can do with what's available - if you can live with a hillier course it could be much more fun. Ambulances had to drive through the pack in some cases to reach downed runners Miles 20 - 24. Massive out and back on an industrial estate. Getting out at the finish is far too hard. Wish there was an option to turn left and not go onto the beach. Made for a monster bottleneck you dont need after 26 miles. Date of review: April 28, 2015
In short: Great in parts, but could do better In full: Only my second Marathon (after Kielder), and mostly really enjoyed it. The cons? The expo was disappointing. Because runners have to go there to pick up numbers it's basically just a means to try and flog people stuff (so I bought a pair of socks!). Definitely not enough toilets at the start, the queues were ridiculous and I didn't even make it halfway to the front before it was time to go to the start. Medal and t-shirt distinctly average and 'goody bag' virtually non existent (by comparison Kielder medal and t-shirt are brilliant and the goody bag ended up chock full of stuff, including a free pair of socks in 2013). The tracking option on the BM app was useless (for my wife anyway) - the updates were coming through at least half an hour after I passed the tracking points so she had no real idea where I was. Way too many runners with headphones on, completely unaware of those around them. I think they should be explicitly banned in races, and anyway I can't help feeling those wearing earphones are missing out on the cameraderie and crowd support.
So the pros... fast, flat course (anyone who thinks there were hills really needs to get out more!). I know a lot of people have complained about the water in cups, but for me at least it's ideal -little and often. I didn't feel dehydrated at any point. I absolutely loathe the pouches some runs use (I just can't get on with them). A compromise would be the smaller sized bottles. The crowd support was absolutely amazing, by far the best I've experienced in a race and it really kept me going - thank-you Brighton & Hove! Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Expensive, not enough toilets but very spectator friendly In full: This is the most expensive marathon in the UK - why? You have to go and get your race pack the day before - and getting into Brighton is as bad as London. The start never has enough toilets, the queue is round the block with people missing their ideal start time. The marshals are good and the actual race is well organised. They took a bit out of the Rottingdean end but I wish they would take more out of the Industrial estate - that section is just so grim at 20- 23 miles. This year they had cups rather than bottles, I was fine with that, I always walk through water stations otherwise I choke and/or get stitches. I know others didnt like it. There were loads of water stations especially towards the end - too many maybe? I suppose you dont always have to stop. It is a really spectator friendly course, lots of places where friends/family can see you several times without having to move too far. The finish is a long way out of town though. Better spacing of the meeting zone letters this year. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: 4th and probably last for me In full: I do wonder if the organisers will cut back the distance next year? well they cut posting the race numbers, cut the size of the kit bags, cut the size of the medal. Such a shame the organisation of the race has declined year after year, having to travel to Brighton twice is a joke to collect race numbers, this may have been forgiven if the expo was worth going to but as like last year i walked in got my number and walked out, stands of unknown products and ridiculous prices, what happened to the days of leaving an exhibition with a bag full of free goodies and a smile. Who had the idea to reduce the size of the kit bag? they have never raced before,if it had been a cold morning a coat/jacket would never have fitted in them along with clothes, it was bad enough trying to get kit in there this was clear to see at the finish when bags on lorries had clothes spilling out of them, and the baggage lorries were a disgrace i waited over 15 minutes to get my bag. What happened to the huge medal that was always one of the things that brought me back year after year. Sadly the race has become more about profit than people and i will not be back, Paris for me next year. Date of review: April 19, 2015
In short: Great race diabolical for disabled spectators In full: First the good bit... What an awesome race! This was my first full marathon and it was brilliant. Smashed my planned time of 4 hours by 30 minutes (completed it in 3:30 so was VERY pleased!). The actual event was very well organised and it was very easy to find everything. The water stations had cups of water which were a great idea in theory but near impossible to drink whilst running. This was handy for washing your hands with after the inevitable sticky mess gels leave though. The sports drink of choice was gatorade and barring one station, this was also dispensed in cups - pretty tricky not making a mess of yourself with that. The cups did seem a good idea though as the one station that was handing out gatorade in bottles had a HUGE amount of wastage (with near full or half empty bottles strewn around). The crowd support was truly awesome too!! After heading out to the east the course did a loop at Ovingdean and then headed back west, going back through town along the seafront. There were crowds all along the route (even up near the industrial area in the west) but the main concentration is around the pier area and heading back in was where the support REALLY started. It felt AMAZING coming back in to town where the crowds were shouting and cheering encouragement and I defy anyone not to get carried away with the atmosphere at that point. There are no doubt loads of reviews and in-depth details about the actual route so I’ll not go on about that bit. In all, it was an superb course with a few minor slopes (slopes, not hills!) and great all round support. Now the bad bit… Pretty much all of this is unrelated to the marathon organisation itself but with Brighton and Hove council! My wife and young son wanted to come with me as it was my first marathon. My wife is disabled so usually uses a wheelchair. However, due to the distances she wasn’t able to use that and we chose to use her small electric scooter. This isn’t one of the large sort you see trundling down main roads but the small sort – smaller than many you see in shopping centres. AFTER booking the park and ride (highly recommended if you’re able bodied!) we found they don’t allow motorised scooters. So £20 down the drain! After a huge amount or research (involving calling the local police and ignored emails from the council) we found the best way forward was to book a space in one of the NCP car parks in town. This was around 2.5 miles from the start line so my wife had to drop me off at the park and ride, then go on to the NCP car park. On the way back, we then had the issue of getting across the course back in to the car park. I really believe town planners and higher council staff should be made to spend 2 weeks in a wheel chair navigating their town and shopping. It’s all well and good saying there is “disabled access” but just because there’s a ramp it doesn’t make a place accessible – guys, a long really steep ramp isn’t easy in a wheel chair!! You need to try using a ramp like this before you can understand my point and ignore these abled bodied ‘experts’ that claim they know what they’re talking about. If there is anyone else out there doing Brighton for the first time and bringing a disabled spectator with them, here’s some information that may help: 1. You’ll need to get to the start area or they’ll need to get to the finish line/area. If you have somebody that can walk the 2 miles from the start area to the finish area or push a wheelchair that distance fine, no problems. Take the park and ride to Preston Park and they can make their way to the seafront. If they can’t make that distance but you’re happy to walk/cycle/jog 2 miles before the race you can take them in to town (before 07:00) and drop them off. If you have time, you could maybe even drive back to the park and ride yourself. 2. At the end of the race, you’ll need to get back to your car. You’ll obviously be tired so take into consideration where you’re parking when you get to the START. 3. We parked in the Russell Road NCP car park and booked the space online. That’s right next to the exhibition centre and dead easy to find. 4. To get from the seafront side of the course to the car park side (heading south to north effectively) you need to use one of the crossing points (which are quite a way up the course heading west) or the subway tunnel. This has a REALLY steep slope both getting down to it and going through it. 5. The crowds aren’t too bad to navigate through – although on the beach village near the finish line it’s very crowded. If you have questions about this, post a reply and provided I see the reply I’ll send you a message. In summary, the event is really good! It would be very helpful though if the marathon organisers had some kind of ‘disabled visitor liaison’ specifically for questions like this. I’m sure I wasn’t the only people running this that has disabled family members that wanted to spectate… I did try asking questions via email but every time was either ignored or simply directed to the ‘Essential Guide’ which “has everything you need to know about the event” – hmmmm…. Date of review: April 17, 2015
In short: better last year. In full: Iran this race last year and was impressed this year would of been equally as good if they hadn't changed the water stations from bottles to cups it was hard to tell if you was getting energy drink or just water and drinking from a cup is hardly ideal. please bring the bottles back. Date of review: April 16, 2015
In short: 1st marathon..now I want to enter more. In full: Spent the week leading up to this race convincing myself that I wasn't going to finish and my training plan had been completely wrong. However from the word go the crowd support got rid of any doubts and helped me get through the race well under my 4 hour target. I agree with other comments regarding the disappointing Expo, water in cups, and the odd bottleneck which messed up pacing a little but all in all I had a great run in fantastic weather (too fantastic even!) and will definately return. Hopefully Brighton's Sunday bus timetable will have improved by then... Date of review: April 15, 2015
In short: A bit on the average side of average. In full: These ratings are all very subjective, each entitled to their own opinion and those can be effected by their own expectations, previous experiences and many other factors, not just the race or organisation. I took a few days to consider how i felt about this event and ny comments reflect my own personal opinion, some will agree others not. This was my 5th different marathon and the support from the crowds was the best i have experienced but I fell slightly jaded and let down by the event organisation which for the size and profile of the event should have been a lot better. The course is supporter friendly with runners passing through the same point several times making life easy for runners to be seen at different places all along the route. I wasn't too concerned about water in cups, there was plenty about and preparing for the heat I had also carried a small bottle to fill up along the way. I found the use of headphones, people stopping in the middle of the road to take selfies, camera sticks and the gatorade to be far more objectionable. The Expo was a bit of a farce, had no choice but to travel down the day before to pick up numbers and pay extortionate hotel prices, it would have been good if the expo had at least something to offer and pass the time in. Toilet facilities at the start were poor and the people handling baggage didnt really have much of a clue - leaving runners to drop their own bags behind the railing rather than taking them off and actually checking numbers to runners. Slight bottlenecks at a few points around the course - not helped by those selfie takers with no thought for others. Nothing really remarkable along the route, quite enjoyed the road to hell as it marked the 10k to home point, although having the commentary on the screen saying that it was only 3 miles to the finish might have confused some runners at the start of the road. The finish itself was a bit of an anticlimax, we shouldn't expect great rewards but given the entry fee I feel that the orgainisers could have done better than the poor quality T-Shirt ( even the volunteers thought they were bad and slightly embarrased to be handing them out ) a banana, chocolate biscuit a bottle of gluggy gatorade and standard quality medal. The baggage at the finish was not great, some bags left on the lorry others on the floor, not in any particular order and volunteers not able to locate easily. Then the long walk to the meeting point followed by every marathon runners nightmare steps, hundreds of them, back up to the sea road searching for somewhere to sit down and have a drink. I guess that there was an Aladins cave of wonder in the tent at the end of the exit walkway, unfortunately it didn't seem that easy to get into. At least there wasn't an old lady driving her car towards the runners. Date of review: April 15, 2015