In short: Not really much I can say wrong about the VLM... in fact there is nothing I could criticise it about. From start to finish it's amazing and also cheaper than many other marathons Date of review: April 23, 2012
In short: Too long In full: I love this race, in February you just don’t know if it’ll be blowing a gale as it was 2 years ago or pristine blue skies as it was yesterday. It’s also a great course but…. I was expecting a half marathon and not a 13.5 mile race.
Also I’m not quite sure why they gave us a plastic bag as there was nothing in it apart from 2 pieces of paper!
I will of course come back next year but it would be nice to run 13.1 miles rather than 13.5. Luckily I’m way off pb time as if I’d been hoping to break my pb I’d have been a bit annoyed at having my chances ruined by the times being out by 3 minutes
In short: A great day and more fun than I thought 56 miles would be! In full: It was a brilliant race and everything went like clockwork on the day, obviously helped that the weather was perfect. Great scenery throughout the day and great atmosphere between all the runners. I'd definitely recommend recee trips to get to know the route as there is a lot of potential to get lost. On the organisation front, all fine on the day but not exactly the finest stocked checkpoints and the pre-race help/info was dreadful. They are not very good at responding to queries and questions from participants.
I've put it as one of my all time favourite races as it is my first ultra and it was brilliant. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Poppytastic In full: Great views and a lovely undulating course and a great chance for me to get out of London and discover an area of the south I've never seen before. Beautiful poppy fields and fantastic marshalling. As Arnie says, I'll be back. Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: was it short In full: I managed a pb when all I was hoping was to get round in one piece. I am so sure that I could not have got a pb that I'm sure the course was short. But no one elsehas commented about this so I must put it down to the course. I really liked the extra bits round the park. I'm sure it made it flatter and quicker. Thanks Date of review: March 3, 2008
In short: brilliant once again In full: Another excellent race. A pb but not as fast as hoped for but not sure if that was because of the heat or just me having said that it was probably just me as sure it was hot but never really felt oppressive heat, probably thanks to all those water stations Date of review: April 24, 2007
In short: Cutting corners... by the organisers not the runners In full: I'd do it again as it's my local race but for no other reason. Lack of water, parking issues, tannoy system useless, mysterious change of start time from on application forms (which wasn't made very clear in the info pack), a little bit of black cord to mark the start/finish, having the start 50 mtres before a bend in the road, as for the goody bag less said the better. I'd better stop there or I'd sound grumpy! Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Thought it'd be too cheesy but absolutely brilliant In full: I thought that this race might be too over the top, too commercial, too big, too everything... it was but in a perfect sense. Brilliant organisation, drinks stations galore, took me 17 seconds to cross the start line, the crowds were awesome, the course fantastic. Not a single fault. No doubt knocking 28mins off my pb helped make the day special too! Roll on 2007. I will be back Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Good but not that good In full: I'd heard such good reviews about this race and yes it was good but nothing special. Having said that it was nice to have such nice crowds watching and the church singers were a surreal moment. Certainly not an easy pb course. If only Brighton had had this weather then it'd be way better than this one. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Great again but did we really need a 6.22 text alarm call In full: Another great day at the coast. The weather was as bad as expected and hopefully that'll be why I missed out on a pb or maybe it was being woken up at 6.22 with a text from the race reminding me to wrap up warm! I can't quite say I loved the day but that was nobody's fault but Mother Nature. I love the challenge of the hill but for safety sake it should be looked into if conditions like yesterday occur again. Date of review: February 20, 2006