Rip off entry fee!
Expensive yes, but worth every penny!! Preferred this over London....
If there are enough fools who will pay the money.
Why would you run along a seaside front thats full of pebbles when you could do Bournemouth (at least its sandy beaches to look at) ...... or do the Neolithic where you start from one set of ancient stones end up at another set of ancient stones, and get some good countryside to look at in the meantime at less than half the price.
(and for the pedantic, yes I realise all stones are ancient)
But people are sheep so let them run in 2 long straight lines if thats what keeps them happy.
if you'd entered as soon as it opened, then you would have only had to pay £50 (first 2000 at that price).
and the difference with London - it's a guaranteed entry, not a ballot ticket that you're buying.
Brighton is pretty over subscribed by now; they can charge what they want as long as it sells out, which it will at that price! Agree London is a relative bargain; they could charge £100 and it would still be full every year.
There are heaps of marathons. I dont get the attraction about Brighton in particular. There are lots of coastal marathons which would have far nicer views, and if you want to do a 'big' marathon then London would beat it hands down (admittedly it becomes a lottery to get in).
I can only think its quite popular due to how quick it is to get down there from the London area, but Ive never understood the fascination.
Maybe Poohbear could contribute to the thread and tell us the attraction.
DF3 - stop talking through your inexperienced arse. you've yet to do one so how the fuck do you know what attractions one marathon has over another???
I've done London and Brighton 3x each and Brighton beats London any day in my book. but others who have experienced both may think differently
so - unless you're qualified to comment on the relative merits of one marathon course over another, can I suggest you shut it for a change???
and if you want a coastal marathon that beats all others - again in my books - you can't touch the Beachy Head one. oh - guess what - I've done that 3x as well.....
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You would think they could post race numbers out for that price.
I agree entirely - but it then increases the prices they can 'sell' floor space at the Expo, which brings in bigger sponsors, which raises the whole profile of the race, which increases its appeal (for some anyway, and I include myslef in that) - so we benefit in the long run - sort of
I did Brightin the first two years it was run and have entered next year, so it will be interesting to see how it has grown in that time.
the number collection system that Brighton have adopted is stopping a lot of people entering I reckon as it means an extra night in the town for those not local, and extra costs for those like me who have to go over an collect on either Friday or Saturday. so that adds up to a fair bit more money.
but then, that's no different to the London arrangements is it?
Raf - I did it Brighton 2 weeks ago after missing last year as well (not doing next year) and it hasn't changed a lot bar a few minor points like start arrangements, minor course changes, more runners etc. and it's essentially the same as the 1st 2 years. but it did seem much better supported - crowds seemed deeper at key points - but maybe that's because of more runners bringing support along. no real congestion on the route with more runners bar the usual bits closer to the start - by the time you get to the Old Steine, it's started to spread out nicely.
FB - I know the course has changed a little, like the removal of the 'hill', but I meant more in terms of the supporters, and also the attitude/welcome around town the day before. I certainly noticed a difference between 2010 and 2011 on the 'Road to Hell' around the power station, which I'm sure you remember was almost deserted the first year, apart form the lone DJ in the power station car park, but was reasonably well supported in 2011!
I have done both London twice and Brighton twice and loved both.Despite living in Hertfordshire, there are aspects of brighton that make it easier to do than London, and is a lot more spectator friendly and easier to meet friends/family at the end. It does seem expensive compared to last year but could still be tempted to do it a 3rd time.
Raf - can't really comment on the welcome of Brighton on the day before the event - I just shot in and shot out to get my number.
they've changed the route a little bit at the Power Station far end - it's still pretty bleak and soulless on the Road to Hell but support was good at the far end again . in some ways I like that bit as it's a real test of mental and physical stamina as you're between 20 and 23 miles - get past that safely and you're more or less home.
support on the home stretch along the seafront was huge this year.
getting out of the finisher's area is still a frigging pain though - but there's not a lot that can be done about that as you're effectively in a dead end.
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