Rip off entry fee!
I did Brighton last year and although I discovered I didn't like big city marathons it was certainly well organised and well supported. I much prefer Beachy Head though for a sussex marathon - more 'interesting' running and I think the participants are more friendly. More chatting and laughing, fewer headphones and nerves.
Sussex Stride organised by the LDWA is only £16 and that gets you 50 miles and 8 stocked aid stations - looking forward to that one.
Did the Cornish Marathon last year, £20 and you got a hoodie, banada, bottle of drink plus a free cornish pastie and a cup of tea. Bargin
I agree that the entry is expensive and I for one wouldn't pay it ordinarily but having failed to get into London the past few years I decided to bite the bullet and know that I have a guaranteed entry for a spring marathon - they have us over a barrel on that one I think.
What do other runners think about having to collect their racepack and number in person on the Friday or Saturday before the run? The main reason I chose Brighton instead of other more appealing runs was the easy travel distance from home - I never for one minute thought that I would have to make a prior round trip to Brighton. Their reasoning is that runners will have the peace of mind of having their number by race day and that it will save the carbon footprint - thinking more about my wallet here - either double fares to Brighton or a hotel bill!
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