In short: could do better In full: As mentioned earlier the organisation could be improved.
I was aiming for a sub 45 min race yet the closest pacemaker I could get near at the start was the 65 mins one. This meant spending the first 2k weaving in and out of people.
Did not get a t-shirt in the post, was told to queue up before the race, then the announcer told those waiting for t-shirts to come back after the race which I did, only to find out all the ones in my size had gone. I appreciate this is not a big thing, it's just all the little things that add up to a less than good event.
On a brighter note, I ran a pb so happy(ish) days. Goody bag was also very good, just work on the organisation for next year Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Made me want to do another In full: Thanks Brighton for staging an excellent marathon.
I loved the support and crowd throughout the race. Even the quieter parts allowed me to go into some zen like trance.
A mostly flat course, loads of drinks stations, vaseline on tap, fantastic marshalls. I loved it (yet in a painful way).
The weather was an added bonus.
I notice people complaining about the loos. I have found in many races that there are always massive queues for the facilities and therefore try to get to the start early to get prepared. I also notice the race guide was suggesting the same thing
I look forward to next year - cheers Date of review: April 21, 2010
In short: was a run or swim? In full: Had a quick look at the website at 7am to see that the race was going ahead so drove to Tunbridge Wells with the rain beating down.
A big thanks to all that organised this and marshalled in the torrential rain, so many nice touches, the drummers, cheerleaders, motivating marshalls, even the bag drop worked like a dream. When waiting to get my back at the end, it was given to me before I got to the table, fantastic. A big thanks also to all the supporters around the course giving out Jelly Babies or playing Eye of the Tiger on their car stereo
It was certainly wet out there and i can only agree with the earlier comment about running through a couple of streams at times.
I improved my PB by over 10 mins so am a very happy boy
In short: a hot one, a long run In full: It's been said before, great organisation, lots of water stations, interesting and pretty course.
This was the longest i have ever ran, and those hills towards the end were challenging in the least. Thanks for the cakes (I only had 1 - a delicious sponge). Thanks to the marshals and the brass band Date of review: July 6, 2009
In short: oh for a flat bit In full: Work up to pouring rain Sunday morning and wondered if entering the race (and my first half marathon) was a good idea.
However the clouds broke by the time the race started, the route was interesting, nice pockets of support throughout the race and crowd at the end. I just wish i didn't drive there so i could celebrate with a Whitstable Ale in the clubhouse Date of review: May 26, 2008
In short: great organisation In full: Fantastic to see signage from just off the M20. Agree with the comments about more loos needed. All the marshalls along the course were tremendous, very encouraging. Loved the memento. First time I have run this race and i will definitely run it again next year. Well done to all those involved Date of review: March 22, 2008