In short: Another brilliant day out In full: It was the second running of this event and everything that was suggested as an improvement last year seems to have been acted on. More support out at the power station, more loos at the start. Additional water stations were much appreciated as it was horribly hot.
The expo was a little short on retail opportunities, but I suppose thats hardly the end of the world as there are plenty of shops in Brighton. The guest speakers were superb, I sat through most of them and regretted those I missed. Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Great way to kickstart the new year. In full: Hillier than I remembered (isn't that always the case?). Loads of cheerful marshalls and and nice to get something at the end a little different from the usual medal/shapeless cotton T. Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: Lovely afternoon in the snow In full: Top marks for: a. not cancelling the race b. Website update on Saturday advising of same
Modified course this year, presumably to avoid any snow concealed holes. Still hard work, but encouragement all the way round from the smiley marshalls. Seemed to be mostly club runners, but still encouragement for those of us at the back. Date of review: December 20, 2010
In short: cracking new cross country event In full: Interesting course through the woods local to the health club (full marks for the person who painted all the tree roots to look out for), some nasty inclines to get the heart racing. Trail shoes probably best option as the paths can get a bit slippery. Top goody bag to boot. Parking could be a problem if the race becomes more popular (signs to overflow parking would be useful), but a very encouraging start for a new event. Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: Its really rather hilly In full: I didn't experience the problems others have reported with marshalls (although I was towrds the back of the pack)- very nice start to the race winding through the centre of town. Nice touch- traffic stopped to allow runners to cross to footpath. Had the slopes been less steep I might have looked up once in a while to admire the view. Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Ouch. It's rather hilly In full: Marvellous event, lovely scenery, teriffically smiley marshalls, but seriously hard work- my finishing time was, ooh, about 1 hour down on my HM PB. Very bling medal and tech T-shirt at the finish and sandwiches (how civilized). Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: fabulous debut for new marathon In full: Immaculately organised and planned. Good weather helped. Course mostly flat (only a couple of bits to get you puffing) and looped to make the most of the support. Brilliant crowds, ample water and fuel station, huge St Johns presence. Could do with a few more portaloos at the start and the skips for empty bottles could have been better signed, but those were minor niggles. Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Ideal long run material for Spring marathons In full: Course well marshalled by very frendly marshalls- mostly quiet roads with minimal traffic. Slight inclines but generally a quick course. Will be back if I book in a spring marathon next year Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Hills + more hills + more hills = Ouch In full: Smooth organisation, lovely marshals and well stocked feed stations. The course is wonderfully scenic, but its mostly up and down. Perhaps a change of signage (laminated cards instead of trail tape maybe) may stop the locals removing the route markers? Excellent medal, shirt and rucksack at the end- heard that the breakfasts were good, but was feeling to nauseous to partake.
My finish time was 8 minutes slower than Beachy Head, just to give an indication as to 'how hard' the course is. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: cracking event- worth the hassle of entering In full: After the less than straightforward online registration the rest of the event seems to have gone swimmingly, I arrived not long after the baggage tent opened, so managed to avoid the worst of the queues for that and the loos. The course starts out wide, so I didn't have problems with overcrowding, but I was starting from somewhere near the front of the green 'wave' (second start). Nearly pancake flat course means its good for PBs, was too tired to take in most of the festival but it seemed to be popular. Date of review: October 12, 2009