In short: Wind was the only issue of the race, even the Kenyan's mentioned it In full: My only negative on the whole race was the hotel which had a Wedding Reception Diso until 0130hrs the night before the race... Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: amazing support, impeccable organisation In full: My first marathon and i'm hooked. Organisation was impressive. People of Brighton were incredibly supportive and friendly. All in all loved it and have signed up for 2013! Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: getting better evry year In full: Having done the first brighton in 2010 i was worried that with a larger field it might cause problems but what credit to the orgainsers it was faultless from the start at preston pack to the finish. well marashalled and a fantastic course except the dockyards. amazing crowds that helped so much. great t-shirt and wonderfull medal have already enter for 2013. Date of review: April 29, 2012
In short: Superb event. Very well organised and amazing support from locals, friends and family. Can't wait for next year. In full: My first marathon and couldn't have wished for a better event. Great organisation - bag drop and collection worked perfectly, plenty of toilets (especially for blokes prepared to use the park's natural facilities), more water/powerade stations than you could ask for (I thought the water pouches worked really well, just the right size and easy to carry - had one misfiring pouch but I suspect that was user error).
The support from locals, other runners and friends and families was amazing. Jelly babies, oranges and high fives all helped me to keep going and to beat my target time.
Really enjoyed the route, good balance of urban and countryside. Reasonably flat and the uphill section right at the start acted as a natural brake to stop me going off too fast.
Having decided in training that marathons weren't for me, I've already signed up for Brighton next year.
In short: My first full marathon. In full: I loved this event. The course was very good, which I expected to be quite hilly, yet was just undulating.
The regular water and powerade stations were great. I found that the water pouches was really great and easy to hold and run with.
As others have already said the support from the people was fantastic, and in particular along Church road between miles 14 and 18 including someone who had set up some big speakers and playing some tunes.
Also thank you to the person who set up a stage and was playing some music in the power station area. It made this section a bit easier.
Finally, the run along the sea front seemed really long, yet still lots of support again.
In short: Fantastic! In full: I really enjoyed running this race. This was my second Marathon, I completed London last year.
The course was fairly flat, just a few inclines but nothing to worry about. Power station section not great, but liked the fact the organisers had a big banner announcing 'the road to hell'! Last few miles along Madeira drive more than made up for it.
I used the park and ride, no problems although more detailed instructions would have been useful.
Start area was good, lots of places to buy a hot drink (needed on such a cold morning). And free water and power drinks was useful.
Finish area was fantastic. Great that the park n ride buses were at the exit of the secure area. I didn't need to climb the steps!
Water pouches great, although I squeezed one over my head and it exploded - that'll teach me.
Areas for improvement: - A bit too much "out and back" for me, it's demotivating to see the faster runners legging it past you the other way! - Not enough toilets at the start. Yes, there are never going to be enough. But the queues were the worst I've ever seen at an event. I've never seen so many people peeing in the bushes. Not great! - Some confusing instructions at the start area. We were repeatedly told how to open the water pouches, but neglected to tell us they were already open! And no signs to tell us where the start is (I know, just follow everyone else). - Having an area that looked like the finish gantry half a mile before the real end was cruel and made that last bit agony. - I liked the water pouches, however nearly got hit by flying powerade bottles. Can we have smaller bottles next year? Seemed to be an awful amount of wasted drinks. - Final instructions should have been printed, and not enough detail. Check out the instructions for the VLM! It removes a lot of the anxiety about the day. Date of review: April 24, 2012
In short: Stunning support In full: The atmosphere was outstanding. Friendly runners with the lack of Ipods etc a real bonus, runners were talking to each other helping people through. The support especially in the final miles were amazing, I had a smile on my face for most of the race, one tip is wear your name on your shirt, I did not and those around who had a name received wonderful vocal encouragement. Well worth the trip from Edinburgh.Thanks Brighton. Date of review: April 20, 2012
In short: My first Marathon and Brighton made it very special thank you. In full: This was a well organised race with the organisers really taking on board exactly what long distance runners need. Water stations all over the place, gels and drinks in abundance, smiley encouraging marshalls, good mileage markers/kilometre, except for 20/21, was that to put your mind off the 20 mile WALL syndrome ?? Worked for me, did not hit the wall, was so full of water and gels my body forgot to throw a 'hizzi' fit. First time marathon runners would do well to choose this as their debut, thoroughly enjoyable, well done Brighton.!! Date of review: April 20, 2012