In short: Great atmosphere, great run In full: Serious PB potential here, wiped 2:40 off my previous best. Steep but very short hill near the start, then a long but shallow incline until about 5 miles. Then pretty much flat and downhill. Great support all the way round, some sections reminded me of Tour de France with the crowd on the road! Nice horse brass medal, something different. Well organised. A few people have reported results issues. Welcome cup of tea at the finish. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Excellent, well organised, challenging In full: I feel bad for using this race as marathon prep as in it's own right it is probably the best, most well organised event I have run in.
Ample free parking on the airfield, right opposite the start. Helpful marshals on site and very encouraging out on the run.
Airfield section was good, many will recognise as the Top Gear test track. You've done 3 miles by the time you hit the main road. The course is challenging and undulating. It was very hot, may have found it easier on a cooler day! Well stocked and frequent water/jelly baby stations with good marshalling.
The race is 2 laps so a fair few runners finish after 1 as their is a 10 mile race at the same time. It gets a bit quieter now and you can sense the serious business has begun!
Gradual climb up to the airfield entrance seems to go on forever, but before you hit the 19 mile marker you can here the PA system pumping out music.
Finishing straight was line with supporters. Nice quality weighty medal and a chocolate bar at the end. Cheap bacon rolls and tea too!
In short: Must Do Event In full: Goes without saying this is one of the toughest marathons in the UK, but at the same time one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. Great organisation, amazing scenery, killer hills, great support,bespoke medal. Shame it is unlicensed and only 26 miles rather than 26.2. Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: Could be so much better with very minor changes In full: 2014 was my second EB Half, and my debut running event in 2013 other than parkrun. Being local I feel obliged to take part, although that may change if improvements aren't forthcoming. It's a fairly straightforward course, with a hill that increases in steepness at about mile 3 for 1 mile.
First half of the race is very scenic as you run along the seafront and up towards Beachy Head. As soon as you turn off the seafront towards the harbour at about 8 miles your head starts playing games, and it is very dull from this point, and spectators are few and far between at this point. People that made the effort were very supportive though.
A 79 pence medal was issued. I know they have to be careful with costs, but a bespoke medal would be one of the improvements I would make as it's not the cheapest half. It would be nice to incorporate a bit of town centre to the route and less harbour.
Organisation though is very good, race packs sent out early, good instructions, marshals etc, and availability of chocolate bars at the end made up for the medal a bit. Roads were reopened before end which was a bit of a shame for slower runners.
All in all, worth doing, and very well organised, but could be so much better with minor tweaks. Date of review: March 4, 2014