In short: the best race in the world but still needs improvements In full: my 7th london and yet again the crowds were amazing without them i would never have done it as the legs were so tired after doing the brighton marathon the week before. For me this is simply the best race in the world but like others have mentioned it needs some tweaks i agree that since virgin took over they have cut corners the quality of the tops/jackets given to those rejected the past few years are worse than primark, the one size fits all finishers t-shirt does just that as i could fit my whole family in it. the finish also needs re-thinking within the space of 5 mins i had my chip removed got my medal and goody bag had my photo done and collected my bag from the lorry it then took me over an hour to get out and cross the park to get to victoria station for too many poeple in one area, if it was more organised with a walking route that was'nt blocked by those who just stand there (ive run a marathon and the last thing i want to do is stand still thank you) still having said this i hope i can do it all again next year as race day is my birthday :) Date of review: April 29, 2012
In short: getting better evry year In full: Having done the first brighton in 2010 i was worried that with a larger field it might cause problems but what credit to the orgainsers it was faultless from the start at preston pack to the finish. well marashalled and a fantastic course except the dockyards. amazing crowds that helped so much. great t-shirt and wonderfull medal have already enter for 2013. Date of review: April 29, 2012
In short: a very well organised race In full: i travelled from west sussex for this race i thought i knew what the course would be like having lived in west croydon years ago but i was surprised how hilly this side of croydon was ! this was a very well organised race, excellent marshalls and a lovely medal. really enjoyed it and will be back again next year. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: 1st time and loved it In full: what a great day ! very well organised event, lovely course and best of all a fantastic atmosphere from all the runners. i ran in my charity vest ( a very multi coloured Phab kids vest ) on the back i have the words London today Brighton last week ( my other vest has Brighton today London next week ) a BIG thank you to all those who ran beside me to ask (a) was i really stupid enough to be doing 2 marathons in 7 days (b) how was my training going (c) wishing me the best of luck
It really helped push me on and i finished 18 mins quicker than i planned !
Thanks to all the marshalls and to all those who cheered us on the track.
If im stupid enough to do a marathon (or 2 ) next year this is one race i will do again. Date of review: March 19, 2012
In short: great course shame organisers let it down... In full: having run this in 2010 and saying never again i was told many changes had been made and so i gave in to temptaion to run it again :0 it is a brilliant course but that is it.... a very early start meant only one train from the west sussex side would get you there in time as with over 9000 runners parking was not a option,by the time we arrived at brighton we peeled from the train like sardines... having now put on the coloured race number showing my predicted time and race start area it was clear there was no marshalls at the start and so everyone just piled in to the start line ! so 5 miles of zig zagging around slower runners and those who started to walk after 2 miles why do they start at the front ??? then at the finish i thought i was slower than i expected and my garmin shows a distance of 13.54 miles which we now know was a error by the organisers... but wait more is still to come... what a nice touch that after you get over the finish line you got a foil jacket...which saved me as when i got to the baggage reclaim area no one was manning my numbered area and it took me 15 mins to get someones attention to get my bag so i could get some warm clothes on :( NEVER EVER AGAIN ... only done this again as it falled in my recovery week if its halfs you want then eastbourne and hastings are the ones... Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: wouldnt miss this for anything !! In full: some are mad to do this VERY tough and hilly race and some are even madder to come back and do it again... so having been told by my doctor i have a herniated disc and to rest there was no way i should have thought about running this but somehow on new years day morning i found myself liling up for my 5th knacker cracker!! yes this race is so good you just cant miss it... As always dr.rob used his thought of what goes up must come down but then go up even further and so the extra climb of the zig zag road was hard work but it as great and as in all the previous years very well organised and marshalled. My only moan was the loss of the moto britains hardest 10k maybe it should now be britains hardest 12k !! well done rob and team will be back again next year. Date of review: January 21, 2012
In short: almost the complete package ! In full: Back for my 4th grim ! loved it , great new course, fantastic atmosphere, excellent marshalls and very well organised. so nearly the full package, in the past mant runners including myself have moaned on our race reviews about the last 3 miles being boring and it was nice to see that the organisers have listened and the new route was much tougher but more fun. however the let down is when you finish after surviving a race like this you want to be rewarded and a tatty green cotton t-shirt is not my sort of reward ! it was the same with the hellrunner race but they listened to last years reviews and last sunday we got a great technical t-shirt AND a super medal, so come on grim oranisers at £25 entry a cotton t-shirt to throw up in the loft with the previous 3 is not want we want. Date of review: December 5, 2011
In short: hell just keeps getting better In full: Back for my 4th hellrunner ! clear sky, sun shining what a difference to last years freezing conditions ! love this race it has everything and a bit more it is one of races i most look forward to. great course, great organisation, what i really like about this race is that the organisers actually listen to what the runners want, i remember a few years ago that on my race review i moaned that parking was a nightmare and how it was a free for all at the end to get out, the race organiser took the time to phone me and apologise and asked for my suggestions ( how often does that happen ) the following year a company was broght in to manage the parking. again me and many others have said on our race reviews that a naf cotton t-shirt was not good enough after surviving hell ! again they listened and this year we got a lovely technical t-shirt and a fantastic medal. well done to everyone involved with hellrunner i cant wait for hell again next year :) Date of review: December 5, 2011
In short: painfully enjoyable ;) In full: having run over 250 races over 7 years this race is right up there with the best of them. having just recovered from ITB and having pulled a muscle in my lower back the day before the race i couldnt give it a 100% but i enjoyed every bit of it, location was brilliant, starting in waves was very well organised, other runners seemed to help each other on the tougher obstacles, all in all a excellent race. if it had one downside it was the unsupervised baggage area we were all encouraged to travel by train/tube/bus as there was no parking and if you cant park and get changed by your car then you have to bring a bag and with 7000 runners thats a lot of bags. Date of review: November 13, 2011
In short: a great race In full: yet again this was a very well organised event, with a lovely course that has a few tough inclines along the way, yet again the locals came out in force to cheer us all on which really helps and the marshalls were superb, and yet again we had the rain !! but it was a nice rain this year as it was more of a light drizzle which helped keep us cool. will be back again next year and so will the rain :) Date of review: November 13, 2011