In full: I've done this event nearly every year since it started - including in the infamous horizontal sleet in 2007 - but have never known conditions like they were on Sunday. It took a major effort just to keep upright and the downhills were absolutely treacherous. I have never been so cold and wet that I couldn't open my gels or re-tie my laces - many thanks to the kind marshals - heroes one and all - who did both for me!
Was very tempted to just do the half, but didn't want to wimp out and eventually finished in around 5 hours - much slower than usual, but feeling good at the end
In short: Very well organised - I've seen so many marshalls - so little reason to go off route. No big hills, but the sandy, narrow tracks made for a slower time than I would have expected Date of review: September 19, 2011
In short: Superbly organised - sets the standard for trail runs In full: I've never run such a well-organised event with detailed maps and instructions at the start, plus plenty of direction indicators and water stops. Despite the lack of big hills, it was still tough, partly due to the rough terrain. Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: Lovely scenery, spoilt by poor organisation - no route maps on website beforehand - and inadequate route marking In full: I ran this event a few years ago when it started in Chichester and followed a much simpler - albeit possibly shorter - route. This year most of the field went wrong within the first mile and I went so far off-route after checkpoint 3 that I visited checkpoint 2 twice and ended up doing about 30 miles! Therefore I recommend ideally a simpler route, more markers or written instructions - as on LDWA events. Although there were relatively few runners, I don't understand why the times were slower than the South Downs or Beachy Head that have tougher hills. Despite all this, I plan to be back next year and do it properly. Date of review: July 13, 2011
In short: Good weather apart from the biting east wind, generally dry underfoot, excellent organisation and, of course, the incomparable scenery made this one of the best Stingers I've run Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: This was my 21st time and I never get tired of doing it. As usual, met some lovely people - runners, spectators and marshallsle In full: Incredibly well-organised event with glorious scenery and a wonderful atmosphere. If only the showers were hot.....! Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: The best marathon I've ever run and I've done over 80 In full: Absolutely fabulous run - ideal weather, stunning views, friendly marshalls and runners - what more could you want. Also felt really good until last 2 miles - was absolutely flying between Duncton and Cocking, so ran 15-20 minutes faster than last 2 years and about the same as the first event that started at Whiteways. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: It's my local race, so I'll keep doing it, but this year was the worst ever - not only because of the weather! In full: Hats off to the spectators and marshalls who braved terrible weather. However I hated the congestion during the first few miles and all the zigzags later on.
The combination of Brighton's atmosphere and 6,000 runners should make for a great event. However there needs to be a better course with less hazards en route, as well as, of course, mile markers and a finish clock etc.
To end on a positive note, I liked the technical T-shirt and the fact I was allowed to pay for it later! Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Typically well organised and friendly LDWA event offering incredible value for money In full: Some parts were difficult, if not impossible, to run added to which, after doing an 1.5 mile detour, it was apparent that following the well-written instructions closely was more important than time. Date of review: January 25, 2010