In short: Very well organised race, tough hill In full: Very good race. Well organised. Living in Eastbourne I had chance to run the hill beforehand so knew what to expect. 20 mins knocked off my previous best at EB. Good medal, far better than the previous years. Goodie bags were good. Will be back next year Date of review: March 22, 2016
In short: Nice beach-front run, well supported In full: A great run along Eastbourne beach. Huge, long hill at the 3 mile mark, so not a good PB course, but the massive climb and descent back down is pretty fun. Good support from marshals and public along the route. Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: Noticeable improvements over past years In full: Owing to injury I have not run Eastbourne for the past 2 or 3 years and pleased to be back for 2016. Previously this was very much a bargain basement type race for me compared to the Hastings of this world and I had memories of too few loos and little interest from the residents.
FFwd to 2016 and lots of changes. Great race start with plenty of loos, good organisation and nice support on route. The Piper was great as was the band and Bonfire society (I think) who made lots of noise on route. Finish was great and a really nice, decent, goody bag with all the items you need after you finish. Great medal too!
Overall I feel Eastbourne has come on a long way and deserves credit for a great race this year. Date of review: March 10, 2016
In short: Uplifting event with a lovely happy, glowing feel In full: I wasn't looking forward to this, running enthusiasm waning recently and it took an awful lot of persuasion from my wife to get me out of the hotel, walk up the promenade and pin my number on. I have to say that I am really pleased I did as apart from a congested start which meant we had to walk/stop until we were out of the park it was a glorious run. Having driven up the hill the day before my wife had set a target to run up it all the way and after that it didn't matter what time we finished.The joy when she realised we had reached the top was worth the entry fee alone but the special moment for me was after heading back down and turning to run along the promenade, beach huts full of cheering locals on one side and a perfectly calm, blue sea on the other. A few months worth of bad feelings left my mind in an instant, unfortunately I wasn't allowed to stop and take in the view. The 2.30 pacers were running ahead of us for the first 4 or 5 miles and we passed them at the pier, we were on 2.20 pace so obviously they had miscalculated a bit :) The final 6 miles were a series of out and back loops around the harbour area offering glimpses of runners heading to the finish and some very nice apartments and boats, i guess this is a developing area and as it becomes better known in the future there will be more people out here cheering from the many bars and cafes. Having to pass the finish for one final, short out and back was a little frustrating but didn't dampen the enthusiasm and despite the hill and walking start my wife ran her second fastest half marathon ( out of over 30 ) and was very close to a new PB. Loved the solid gold car parked along the seafront - some people have more money than sense! Date of review: March 8, 2016
In short: No Chance or a PB but a great course! In full: This year I did Worthing, Brighton and Eastbourne Half Marathons so feel I can compare.
Worthing is pancake flat, PB easy and not a terrible course.
Brighton is hideously dull and far too crowded and I finished feeling deflated.
Eastbourne was by far my favourite course although my slowest time. The hill hurts but by the time you've come down it, you're a 1/3 of the way through the race and the harbour has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
The one big fault is the start. Need to funnel the runners more before the start. I walked for 30 seconds after i crossed the start line. Thinner start pens needed that then open up after you cross the line may help with this.
Overall, loved it. See you in 2017! Date of review: March 7, 2016
In short: Really nice and challenging half. Certainly will enter again In full: Running on the South Coast on a very cold and frosty day is NOT something I could say I was looking forward to. The race itself yes, the weather no.
Before the race started there was a fair bit of shivering from everyone there and we were all trying to stay in good spirits. The PJ and Duncan "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" warm up was actually quite good fun and at 10:02 we set off on our way out of Princes Park and hit the sea front of Eastbourne.
And what a lovely and scenic half marathon this was! The first couple of miles came and went and you could feel the warm glow of all those who came out to support the runners whether they knew us or not.
I was told of a tough hill in the first couple of miles and it did not disappoint - it was brutal! But alas, we got to the top and as a reward for a Bear Grylls type climb we bombed all the way down to the seafront again.
The route took us literally on the beach, under the pier around some residential streets and then a gorgeous marina which I could have easily spent hours running around taking photos of.
Back onto the seafront again with a right turn, left under the underpass and final right turn back to the start which was doubling as the finish line. The crowd along this small, muddy corridor was fantastic and I'd like to thank all of the Eastbourne residents for coming out of their homes/hotels to cheer us all on.
Apart from the horrific hill which batters your time, I was happy with my 1:27:02 finish. VERY tough to get a PB but a wonderful course, wonderful race and wonderful Eastbourne.
Definitely will be doing this race again soon. Date of review: March 7, 2016
In short: Good race In full: Overall very good,well organised everyone friendly, the coarse is Good apart from the harbour end which I found lacked a bit of atmosphere, maybe the coarse could be altered to include more of the meads , but still really enjoyed it. Date of review: March 7, 2016
In short: Fun! In full: Really enjoyed this race. First time I'd ever taken part so had no prior expectations. What I took from it was a lot, it made my day. The course I felt was great, from the hill/mountain from mile 2 onwards, which provides a challenge, to the prom giving you speed through to the variety in the harbour for the latter miles. The medal is excellent. Aldi's involvement added value. I enjoyed the signs in the latter 3 miles, I laughed at the "All this effort for a free banana" one. Great touch. The marshalling was great. Liked the drummers, the bagpiper and the other old musical van. Toilets, baggage provided, all fab. In terms of suggested feedback, perhaps expected finish time points in the start pen to keep/relieve the jam caused by slower runners starting at the front in a tight funnel. Once on the road there's a tonne of space, but the start is uneven due to this flow. Came away delighted to have taken part. Thank you. Date of review: March 7, 2016