In short: Great warm-up for the marathon, confidence-giving! In full: I really enjoyed this race, the marshalls and police were supportive, the weather was great and the support from the locals was really appreciated. This was my first 20 miler, my longest training run before the London Marathon later this month. It gave me a lot more confidence with long distances after months of gruelling long runs alone in the rain! Although I enjoyed the race, I was disappointed at the lack of mile markers which had been promised as i was heavily relying on them! There could have been more toilets at the start, i was late starting the race as the queue was so long and not all the toilets were in useable condition. I was expecting some kind of goody bag at the end, but was grateful for the water station. The medal isnt the best quality i've had, but its definately one im most proud of, 20 miles being a massive milestone for me. I would recommend this race as a good training run for the london marathon.
In short: Ideal warm-up for a spring marathon but basic and pricey. In full: I have no problems with the course, its fast, flat, has no real traffic problems and plenty of marshals and police (becoming a rare sight at races these days) out on the course. The multiple laps don't bother me and I wasn't even worried about the missing mile markers as my Garmin was ticking off the miles for me. Thought the marshals were supportive, although the second water station seemed a bit under-staffed on the first 2 laps. The down-side was the facilities or rather the lack of them. I've attended X-country events with better facilities. OK so it starts in a field, then pitch a few tents/marquees and supply more than 8 filthy toilets. By its very geography, most runners will have travelled a long way and will be needing to use the toilets before the start. Second time I've run this event and its a great one to prepare for a spring marathon.
Will I be back next year? Only if I decide to run another marathon. I suspect the organisers know this and therefore know there will always be plenty of runners even if the facilities and value for money are poor. Date of review: March 30, 2010
In short: Great fun with really friendly marshalls all around the course. In full: I arrived approx 10 mins late and the organisers still let me run which was very kind of them and i enjoyed the banter for the first few miles with people telling me to get a move on. All in all a really good day out and if I am training for a marathon next year I would certainly run this event again. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Great marathon training run In full: Not quite sure why this got such negative reviews- I really enjoyed it. Great marshalls and lovely weather. Perfect for marathon training - four flat laps. It could have done with more toilets though and a banana at the end would have been lovely Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Did exactly what it said on the tin In full: As a pre marathon training run, this was spot on. I assume closing the roads for 4 hours for fewer than 800 runners is where most of the entry fee goes, if not, it's not very good value. Toilets were too few and where are the results?!! Otherwise it was very enjoyable. Marshalls were great, support was great and even the forecast wind and rain kept away! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Good Marshalling but work needed on organisation and mile markers In full: The race was well organised in terms of marshals, start of race organisation etc. More thought needs to be given to loos and providing a bit of food at the end.
"There are mile markers for the first lap". Where were they ? Everyone I spoke to afterwards did not see any, only 5, 10, 15 and 20 at the finish. If they were there, they need to be more visible. I ran without a running watch and expected mile markers to judge my pace. Instead of running 42.30's to finish in 2.50. I ran 38,40,45 and 45, finishing in 2:49, okay for the Brighton Marathon but mile markers would have helped a more even run and maybe my quads would not feel quite so bad as they do today. Without, improvements such as mile markers and even though the marshalls were superb in support of runners and in contolling the traffic, with a few rogue exception cars, I would not recommend this race to anyone as getting your pacing wrong due to poor mile markers, 3 weeks before a marathon might jeopardies your chances of a good marathon time. For me, only time will tell. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Quick and Flat with a few faults. In full: Can see why many people had a problem with this race. The course / distance / marshalls etc were great. The race start/finish and toilet/changing facilities were a little poor. Fortunately i only live a few miles from the start so walked home to warm down. However, if i'd come from far to attend i'd have been upset at the general facilities and arrangement of it all. Also anyone know of how to get timings? No sign online yet which for a chip timed race is a little slow. But as stated great warm up for upcoming marathons. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Marshalls and water stations were great! Start and finish were a let down. In full: First time I'd entered and first time I'd ever done that distance, thought I would have got more for my money....just a cheapy medal at the end for all my hard effort (it's not every day you run 20miles!) was a little dis-heartening! Enter shorter and cheaper races and got a lot more! Great for a training run for marathon though, and it was flat, Marshalls and drinks station people were lovely. If it had rained it would have been horrendous. didn't even get to use the porta loo's the queue was too large, went to near by public ones, which were fine. Worthing Leisure centre knew very little about the race when I arrived there at 8:15, they let me use their loo, I'm glad I didn't park there though, it was miles away from the race. All in all poorly organised for the entry fee and still no chip time's on the website.....should be there within 24hrs surely?!! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: As advertised - a good training run for a spring marathon In full: I would agree wholeheartedly with the comments already posted. It is a good marathon training run with basic support and to be fair the organisation of any 20 mile race would be far from easy. The positives - excellent marshalling, road closures with police support and a very friendly flat course. I didn't think it was overpriced given the above + chip timing which can't be cheap (still haven't seen the results though!). I didn't find the multiple laps too bad either. The negatives - portaloos inadequate in number and function (most people will want to use them before a long race), exposed location with no facilites and the lack of a sugar fix at the end of a 20 miler was the most disappointing for me - surely a chocolate bar or piece of fruit wouldn't break the bank? Still - all in all pleased I did it - thanks Worthing Harriers. Date of review: March 29, 2010