In short: yet another fantastic Brighton marathon In full: I've read some of the criticisms about the loo queues and park and ride but I can't comment on them as I didn't need either! I would however urge anyone to come by train - no hassle factor at all.
the heat was wicked - you train all winter in the wind, cold and rain and then race day serves up a tropical feast. hey ho - it could have been a howling gale instead so I'll take the heat!
crowd support was much better this year I thought - the Shoreham end was much much better. And the issues from last year about keeping supporters off the race area worked very well - that made the run back from Shoreham much better.
the finish area is so much better than London with loads of people - it gives almost a grandstand feel which is a great boost for the last 300m or so.
well done Brighton - onwards and upwards - you have the potential to make this the best road marathon in the country. Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Fantastic inaugural Brighton Marathon In full: Of the 14 marathons I've done, this has to rank up there for one of the best as the organisation was superb and the weather about spot on - bar the fact that few of us had trained in heat like that this year.
Downsides? Crowd control needs to be looked at the pinch points in Hove - the turn onto Grand Avenue particularly which was very narrow due to crowds pressing in. Also crowds pressing forward on the prom back from Shoreham. But those are minor in the scheme of the overall event as overall the support was FANTASTIC and easily on a par with London imho. The 2 blonde cheerleaders with rather nice "chests" were a definite plus on St James Street!! Later to be seen on Marine Parade as well. :-)
The run around Shoreham Power Station was a bit dull but the small crowd at the far end made up for this - they were superb at lifting spirits and putting a smile back on my face at least.
Finishing area was well organised although somehow I missed getting my good bag.
In short: one of the best marathons I've done In full: this was just a superbly organised event. on potentially a dangerous course due to traffic and no pavements, the marshalls did a super job in keeping everyone calm and controlled. super support as well throughout from supporters especially the Santas on Hogs! cold, yes, but it is December so what do you expect?
If they don't do another one for a 100years, then this will last in my memory - if I'm still around in a 100 years I'll give it another go.
In short: a cracking event as usual In full: We hadn't done this race for about 3 years and if anything, it's now better as the marshalling and general support has improved. It's worth doing it for the finish line cakes alone! Date of review: July 7, 2008
In short: good race marred by poor organisation In full: Others have already mentioned the start delays, the quagmire at the runners village, the poorly organised finish area. We can only agree with these.
The poor weather was very unfortunate but it is March so not unknown and having the village on a grassy area wasn't good with the rain. If it had been dry we wouldn't be moaning so much about this I guess but the organisers need to look at this for the future. The race itself was good however and was well oragnised although mile markers weren't always obvious - in fact I didn't see quite a few despite looking on both laps. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: the sort of even the race calendar needs more of In full: a cracking little pre-Xmas event in a glorious Capability Brown designed location. testing off road hills combined with fast road stretches give a good mix of surface to work the legs. and a Xmas pud for finishers - what more do you need?? Date of review: December 24, 2007
In short: bloody hard work and great to finish In full: my first time doing this Sussex legend run. glorious environment on the South Downs but it's no stroll in the park - those hills hurt whether going down or up. good training run for Beachy Head mara. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Just to say you've done it is enough. Fantastic!! In full: If you've done road marathons, then you have to do this off-road one just to prove that you can. It's tough, it hurts, you want to die but there are views that astound and when you finish you can bask in the glory of finishing one of the UK's toughest marathons. Not for wimps or PB hunters. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: brilliant muddy day out in Glos over fileds and hills and through water - must like cow poo!! In full: Organised by Bitton RR from Bristol this is an excellent event involving loads of mud, water, fields, hills, obstacles and lashings of cow poo!! Is great fun when there has been loads of rain to make the fields boggier and the mud deeper. Well marshalled and good support especially the places where you are likely to get very wet and very muddy. A must do. Date of review: November 15, 2004