The Sussex Beacon Half-Marathon

February 2009

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24/02/2009 at 15:35

I have just signed up for the Hastings Half Marathon in March - so lets see how I do in that! x

24/02/2009 at 16:16
well done- keep at it
24/02/2009 at 17:38
Dawn - good luck with Hasting Half Marathon. It is a hilly race, but I would do it again.
24/02/2009 at 18:28

Well done everyone!

The guy with the stripey suit and mask that appears to have cheated (I overtook him twice but he didn't overtake me at all) is pictured twice in the Evening Argus' (local rag) race supplement today. He's wearing a huge grin and has had his name put underneath the picture. He obviously has no shame at all....

24/02/2009 at 19:09
what's his name? I saw him looking absolutely xxxxed on about 5 miles and walking.
24/02/2009 at 19:47
Dawn - try practising with a gel on a shorter run, say 6 miles. I use lucozade gels, as I found the lucozade sport made me feel sick after a while. I have no ill effects with the gels, and only take a small swig of water with them.

As for your time - you were faster than me, and I'm training for FLM too. Don't worry about times at this stage - distance is more important.

Maybe see you at Hastings!
24/02/2009 at 21:29

I also passed the stripey man twice, both times he was walking.

Were there medals for quicker finishers?

I had to contend with large t shirt that looks like a nightie!

24/02/2009 at 21:42

My first half marathon and had a mental goal of 2:10:00 and so was pleased to be under that by two and a half mintes. Pete Sherri, you seemed to have been 45 seconds faster than me whilst finishing one pace behind me!

 I too overtook the pinstriped "big head" and I thought it had to be two people as I would have remembered being overtaken by a man dressed like that.  I was also overtaken by two firemens ladders and so I really thought that a state of dilerium had set in, but that I am sure was two DIFFERENT groups of firemen.

 Sleepy Jo, I too live in Horley but I only set out at about 8 am and was ok with parking in the Marina carparks.  I intended to leave earlier but just could not get everything done before I set out!

 I am happy to have a t-shirt rather than a medal which gets hung up near the computer whereas I can wear a t-shirt out of the house without too much embarassment.

24/02/2009 at 21:46

Think they were the same firemen, I had a good look at them ha ha

Don't mind having a t shirt but I'm sure I ticked small on the form but the lady giving them out said they had run out of small and medium and there were only large and xl left, meaning my tshirt is rather too big!

24/02/2009 at 21:49

 I've done the last few Brighton Halfs and think the change of the course helped (all the complaints about the cliff top stretch). Def would have preferred a medal but that would be my only complaint. Ideal running conditions and well marshalled.

Who knows - this could be a training run for next year's first Brighton Marathon.

24/02/2009 at 22:02
It was a guy called Paul Young but definitely wasn't the singer. LOL!!
24/02/2009 at 22:53
A short rather large lady also appeared in front of me twice...walking at 1 mile and walking at 9.5 miles without passing me once at her plod walk pace.  They are only cheating themselves.
24/02/2009 at 23:01

Cinders, there is definitely two groups of "38th Trainee Firefighter Course", with one finishing at around the 2:04:55 mark and the second finishing around the 2:14:20 mark. I noticed that the two ladders were different, being a bloke I notice that sort of thing .

25/02/2009 at 12:25
Paul Young is my nemesis
25/02/2009 at 19:30

Paul Young finished in 2:49 - so maybe he didn't cheat after all!

Did anyone else have the argus posted to them today?

25/02/2009 at 21:14

Dawn - you may just need to experiment with gels. I have tried the SIS  and the Lucozade Sport ones and both have given me the trots But for me High 5 ones are brilliant. Its trial and error Also, re your loo stops......... I find it best to hydrate to my hearts content before a race but don't drink in the 2 hours prior to the start. That way I get rid of the water I don't need I have a couple of slugs of water just before the off then just take sips all the way round from a bottle I carry. I can now do a marathon without a loo stop - 5 hours! Good luck!

My garmin measured 13.19m - the mile markers were out a lot of the time but as someone said earlier, the organisers use the lamposts etc so don't really have much choice where to put them.

I passed a couple of runners who had very distinctive t-shirts on then later on I caught up with them again..............  didn't see the guy in the big suit though.

I love this race personally and will be back again next year. I hope they decide to give medals out though instead of the t-shirts. The medals they usually give out are the same each year but the ribbon changes so they obviously bought in bulk to save money previously.

25/02/2009 at 21:27
Did anyone get the dog tags that have been mentioned a few times in the reviews? I'm intrigued!

As for the medals last year - they ran out with over 100 finishers to go, so I had to wait a few weeks to get mine, which was a bit annoying. At least they didn't run out of t-shirts...
25/02/2009 at 21:38

       No dog tags in my bag..........

       In my bag:       

       'Oat bar'        Bag of sultanas/raisins        Odd mix of flyers

       Banana, bottle of water and t-shirt received in finishing area.......





26/02/2009 at 08:46

Just remembered while doing the run there was a fella close to me for a fair bit who was breathing really heavily. First thought was is he going to be ok, next thought was that he sounded exactly like those big seashells that you put to your ear and it sounds like the sea. Mind you when i was having problems drinking from the paper cups i was thinking of the scene from Airplane where he says he has a drinking problem.

Did enjoy this race and hopefully will be there next year.

26/02/2009 at 09:22

If anyone is interested photos are available at

usual pricey things.

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