In short: Flat and well organised In full: I ran this yesterday as a training run for Abingdon in a couple of months.
It's pancake flat and for most of the route it was nice scenery. I didn't find the crowds too annoying but I wasn't racing all out which made it easier to dodge and weave! The organisation was generally good and all who were involved were very friendly indeed with all marshalls being very encouraging.
My only minor gripe was the finish - it got pretty hot from Midday on and there was no water available at the finish line. There was a water station about 50yds from the finish but you had to cross back over the marathon route which resulted in a few very thirsty finishers narrowly avoiding very tired people still running. There was a lady trying to direct traffic but she was also trying to direct the people coming the other way at about mile 24 so had a lot on her plate. The station itself was struggling to keep up as their primary concern was giving water to the runners still going at mile 24. I think that an August marathon probably needs water available right at the finish.
It didn't detract from a good, well organised race but is maybe something to think about for next time :)
In short: Wonderful atmosphere - a great event In full: From entry to finish line this race is well thought out and puts runners first. Excellent pre-race communication and info precedes a very well organised race day. I didn't use the personal drinks station but it's a great idea. The drinks/feed station that was set up was well stocked by cheerful helpers. I enjoyed the guy at the start/finish line (Ray?) with the microphone who was great and never stopped encouraging and congratulating finishers/runners by name - everyone has their name printed on their number which was another nice touch. The course undulates and the main drag up to the finish does get tough towards the end but I think it could be quick on a cool day. On the day, it really was hot and fast times were difficult but it definitely did not detract from an excellent race. Thoroughly recommended Date of review: June 1, 2014
In short: Windy and hot!! In full: Decent race. Short sharp climb in the first mile and then pretty much flat other than a gentle climb from 9-11. Miles 3-8 along the seafront were directly into the wind and it became a bit of a grind towards the end. A big relief to turn out of it but then it was suddenly pretty hot! Plenty of drinks stations and a well timed sponge station at about 9 miles. Nice downhill at 11 and a decent finish along the seafront. Not much in the way of support other than the start/finish but there were a few friendly locals dotted about - special mention to the man in a superman costume, wearing Groucho Marx glasses and playing the keyboard!! The roads weren't closed for the 2/3 miles we were on them but it didn't cause any problems. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Well organised, lovely course, excellent marshals and nice cake In full: 2nd year of running this as part of a spring marathon build up. No probs with parking as we arrived early and there were more toilets than last year. A slight cock up at the start when we were called to line up and then 2 ambulances had to get through the runners. Plenty of drink stations and friendly marshals - particularly the lady at the left hand turn just before mile 17 who was very enthusiastic :) Definitely recommended
In short: Flat, fast and super smooth organisation In full: The only way this race could be better is by getting a road closure to avoid the pavement section from 5-7 miles. A very small gripe for an otherwise flawless event :) Date of review: November 20, 2013
In short: Horrible weather, nice course, well organised In full: Stunning scenery (when you could see through the hail!) and a challenging course without being ridiculous. Minor gripes (mostly due to the heavy rain)were the rivers of water in the road in a few places and an unexpected off road section between 11-12 that was a bit dodgy with all the standing water - I think footing would have been tricky in racing flats. Decent goodie bag, ok medal and a nice pint of 6X in a pub right next to the finish :) Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Hilly, friendly and watercress/bananas for everyone In full: Lovely local race with a challenging but very beautiful route. Very efficient registration process for entry on the day and smiley, friendly marshalls all the way round. Good medal, watercress + bananas for all finishers and excellent pre/post race massage from Lou Walker Find it difficult to criticise anything about this race apart from may be a lack of clock at the finish line. Definitely recommend this race (unless you're PH hunting!!) Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: Amazing crowds, nasty wind in the last 5 In full: 2nd marathon, first at Brighton. Very well organised and slickly run with thought put into it for both runners and spectators. Only minor grumble was having to pick up the number the day before. The course is pretty friendly with some bumps and rises in the first 10 but then pancake flat. Unfortunately the SE wind was directly into our face for the last 5 miles which wasn't ideal! The atmosphere was unreal - especially through halfway and then the finish The elite start was excellent and a very good idea. Will definitely be back :) Date of review: April 18, 2013
In short: Windy, flat and disorganised In full: Brutal winds on the way back up towards start/ finish. On a still day it is definitely a PB course. Start was run pretty smoothly but the finish less so. The 5k people were given no chils which seemed odd but the chips we were given for the 10k were most odd. Worn on your finger and then seemed to serve no purpose; there was no sensor oads that you ran over which would auto read your time. You had to push the finger thing into a reader and then a lady with a clipboard asked you your name, age etc. The entry fee is a bit steep considering disorganised finish and 'goody bag' which contained a bottle of Gatorade and some bits of paper!