Brighton Marathon 2011

Never say never again

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20/04/2010 at 18:37

On Sunday and Monday I swore I would never put myself through it again, but by this morning I was thinking about how I could come back stronger next year.

I have made myself a bullet proof plan now so watch out sub 4.00 here I come

Does anybody know when the doors open and whether completing the inaugural event gets us some kind of guaranteed in for next year?

I fear I may be addicted to this running lark. What the hell am I gonna do with myself now? I had a massive come down on Monday...... all that excitement and anxiety and pressure and emotion together with complete and utter physical and emotional exaustion....... is it always like that? Blimey what a drug!

Hove Actually

20/04/2010 at 19:02
what was the course like as I might enter after reading the ratings for this years

doing Chester and Anglsey this year
20/04/2010 at 19:13
I feel your pain, did my first marathon on Sunday (Bungay not Brighton). Last 5 miles spent repeating to myself  "Dont walk, dont stop, and I promise you never have to do another one!" Couldnt walk or move after, walking like I have no knees yesterday. Today thinking "when I do my next one, it's gonna be faster!" Addictive indeed. Was Brighton flat-ish!!??
20/04/2010 at 19:19

done Blackpool 3 times and got 22 miles non stop in 2004 it was hard after that but found it hard getting up the travel inn steps
20/04/2010 at 19:57

"Brighton Marathon 2011"

 Oh no, here we go again already!!

Rumour has it that April 10th 2011 has been pencilled in.  Less than a year to train!!

Edited: 20/04/2010 at 19:57
20/04/2010 at 20:54
I'm in. Had to pull out 8 weeks ago due to chest infection, so was a marshal for the day. Had a great time and it was great seeing a marathon from the spectator's point of view. So guaranteed entry for next year. Would have been my 12th marathon. Now doing Loch Ness in October and then if I get into London, I want to do Paris / Brighton / London next year.
21/04/2010 at 07:13

Here we go - the long roller coaster ride until next year's Brighton Marathon now begins!

My legs are recovering nicely and I'm hoping to go along for a club run tomorrow (the short group methinks ).

The likelihood of me signing up for 2010 is quite high as I now have a marathon PB which needs to be beaten!  I'm afraid the heat got to me a bit so I ended up using a run/walk tactic for a while meaning I didn't quite break the sound barrier. Whoops - sorry the 5 hour barrier! It's most definitely acheiveable though....

21/04/2010 at 07:21

What a great day ! My first marathon aswell and not my last I'm well addicted .Look forward to next year bring on the hills and the wall.Massive thank you to RW for the running schedules I trained for sub 4.30 and completed the run in 4.14.

Well chuffed Moobs

21/04/2010 at 07:45

Brighton was my first Mara but cant wait for the next , so excited to do it again

21/04/2010 at 10:04

Hi Dinda

Dinda wrote (see)

what was the course like as I might enter after reading the ratings for this years doing Chester and Anglsey this year

It was fantastic. Here's a clip from the local news all about it

21/04/2010 at 10:15

Anyone else suffering big time from post marathon blues today?! 

I said it would be my first and last... but am already itching to sign up for 2011 so as soon as anyone has news that the Council has approved it could they please post!!!

21/04/2010 at 10:21

Oh Holly I'm so glad you said that, I thought it was just me!!! Man am I blue, and I'm not normally prone to such things.

Everything else just seems so pointless and parochial by comparison. I need the buzz, the craic, the atmosphere, the pain, the exhileration......

21/04/2010 at 10:26

BR: If my legs weren't so sore, I'd go for a run to take my mind off it, but I need another day's rest... should be working but surfing all future events in slightly obsessive fashion

hoping it will wear off if I find another focus!!

21/04/2010 at 10:37
to keep on top of what's happening with Brighton 2011 check out their twitter feed or facebook page - links are on the BM website homepage

and I guess those on their e-mail list will get some sort of notification in due course

oh - just spotted the picture of the 2 well endowed cheerleaders on the BM homepage. they lifted my spirits going up St James Street!!!
21/04/2010 at 10:47

I know these big marathons can get a lot criticism sometimes, but I just read this on the BM website and it really made me smile. We were all part of something very special....

The city's hospitals announced there were fewer patients than on a normal Sunday. Statistics produced by St John Ambulance indicated that of the nine people taken to hospital only three were marathon related, an extraordinary figure.

On the crime front, there was less crime, the reason being the camaraderie created by the running fraternity. Violence and drunkenness disappeared from the streets as runners high took over not only competitors but spectators as well. According to sources it was a crime-neutral event, which is as good as it gets.

People came out of their houses at points where they were not expected, for example from Grand Avenue to King Alfred's Sports Centre. The only explanation for the swarms urging the runners on was that the city was infected by marathon fever.

There were nil traffic problems, partly because many streets were closed, but many motorists either stayed put and used their feet or left the city.

21/04/2010 at 11:09
"There were nil traffic problems"

bar the idiot car driver on the course who delayed the start!!
Edited: 21/04/2010 at 11:09
21/04/2010 at 11:26

Everyone I meet is still talking about it. And everyone is saying what a fantastic day is was for spectators and for the city in general. The local paper reckon there were 80,000 people watching!

Loads of my female friends were moved to tears by it on the day. Which shocked me a bit as my female friends are all pretty tough, successful scary women and not normally prone to such outpourings of emotion

Funny how it can have that effect isn't it

21/04/2010 at 13:52

If I had known the post Marathon high would last as long as this I would have done one ages ago but Brighton on Sunday was my first full Marathon and will definately not be my last.

I entered Brighton whilst waiting to see if Ihad got through the ballot for London and am now quite glad I didn't and was able to be a part of something that I hope will run and run (if you will pardont he pun).

The people of Brighton did themselves proud and the atmosphere was electric all of the way round and like so many others, I can't wait to get my entry for next year in and my place confirmed.

 All those months of training, running in the rain and snow paid off and I am still wearing the silly grin I wore around the course on Sunday.

 It was interesting to read in the local paper that 7417 started the race with only 163 failing to finish which is an amazingly small number and just goes to show how seriously those who entered took the event.

Like HollyJW I am already looking for my next event and have settled on the Bewl 15 on 4th July this year - has anyone done it?

Anyway, I must go now and give my medal its daily polish!.


21/04/2010 at 14:02
Mark Wilson 27 wrote (see)

It was interesting to read in the local paper that 7417 started the race with only 163 failing to finish which is an amazingly small number and just goes to show how seriously those who entered took the event.

Hi Mark, I saw that too, and I thought

A) wow that's good

B) How can that be? Especially considering that there were so many (myself included) first timers in the event and that there were lots of people who (with respect) didn't exactly look like elite athletes (myself included). 

I thought that being such a tough thing to do, and given that I saw some people walking after just 3 miles, there would be a huge percentage not finishing. Does anyone know what the normal fall out rate is on such an event?

21/04/2010 at 14:03
Bewl 15 - done it a few times - good race. It's mainly off road but you don't need off-road shoes if it's dry - on 2 occasions it's been over 30C (and humid) which makes it even harder. If it's bucketing down however, you may well be best having some shoes with more traction as it will get pretty muddy in sections.

at about 2/3rds of the way around you leave the track and head off on a road stretch to avoid the bird sanctuary which is off-limits to people - be warned that there are some steep hills on this section that will make you work very hard just as you are tiring! then it's back onto the reservoir track to the finish.

great cakes at the end as well - worth doing just for them alone!

parking can be limited so try to get to Wadhurst early and there is a short 10 min walk to/back from the start/finish line so factor that in as well.
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