In short: Good alternative to London Marathon but this year the cold north wind made me perform badly as exposed from the North and suffered! In full: As said a good alternative to London and for me easier to get to. Less crowds this year especially along road to Ovingdean and Marina area, the Hove seafront part and Power station as well compared to last two years. New Church Road had a lot of people. Felt Boundary Road turn could of had more people in the street - no music or anything - very bland. Also Kemp Town Village - the roads were closed why not go through there - we have enough seafront anyway. maybe the route could be looked at again. If you want a PB Berlin or London might be better for you. Date of review: April 23, 2012
In short: My second time here and did a pb although must of ran 50 halfs by now In full: Challenging and infact ran the course a few weeks ago as a tester - the hill at Beachy Head Road not too bad if stick to pace a bottom and continue. East wind off the coast did make it difficult at times. Marshalls good especailly round the Marina area - the girls were amazing. Chocolate at the end is always good. Roll on Brighton Marathon. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Second time on this course - could see things this year brilliant - the hills though are something else -it is not just at the Seven Sisters stage - they are all over the place. My Garrmin made interesting reading on the pacingg. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Nice big mass participation race in London In full: My seventh half this year so used to this distance. Enjoyed it although the tube delays were interesting - I expect half the runners got caught up with the broken trains - -to cap it all there were problems after the race so walked back to Greenwich. I ended up sharing a mini cab with fellow runners from London Bridge. I did get cold as the wind was high and from the north. The O2 venue carpark is a souless place and did lack atmosphre. I put a new runner at ease. When finally got going enjoyed it and was surprised at the number of hills. The barracks were good and of course the last few miles going through the Greenwich Park. Overall enjoyable and the crowds were out - I enjoyed it but have reservations about it. Date of review: October 1, 2010
In short: Always look forward to this one but this year they have missed me out of the results! In full: My best time on this route but the organisers have missed me out! I have emailed them if they are reading this. I did enter on the day - promise.
The second half is always harder than the first - this time managed both hills without walking which I used to do as a new runner but the 7km hill was fine this time. The heat which sometiomes can be overbearing was fine this year. I await my actual position but know the time was 45:49. Date of review: August 30, 2010
In short: Always good In full: Second time on this race as had been on holiday in the north of the country - and a very hot one as well - 25 degrees everyday which is quite rare I understand. This one was hot - Hull was 28 degrees that day - so at 10.30am it was already a scorcher - made sure was hydrated as some people were on the ground - St Johns ambulance had their work cut out this morning. The bridge was impressive as always and it is a privilage to run over it and later on on the return. No problems in Barton at some cross roads compared to 3 years ago. I even ran the hill at the 10 mile mark although briefly slowed down whilst took the drink half way up.
At the start line - might as well get people to start on the road and not the car park - this was confusing. Watrose providing fruit was great - there was plenty of water at the end and belive me you needed it! Hope to be back at soem stage Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: As ever always briliant In full: Good venue - at the start, great scenery on a decent distance trail race. Would always do this as this is why i run. Albert Kemp should he congrtaulated on this race and everything that goes into this. Good organsation, drinks were brilliant, marhsals brilliant, lovely part of East Sussex, hills on the course as well! Good medal, homemakde cakes at the end a hot day for good measure. Will be back in 2011 Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: Brilliant as i know the course so well I surprised myself that I actually enjoyed it! In full: For a inaugural race it went very well and the weather went with it as well.
Presnton Park start area was good - the speaker system could of been improved with continous music playing and dedicated DJ- like London _to ease the nerves before the start. It was a bit disjointed and the use of Heart split this. The park is a great venue though on a nice Spring morning.
Good to see Steve Ovett - I expect he will be looking at the Olympics 2012 progress now.
The race itself - good course - interesting seeing runners go in one direction while you go in the other but that seemed to be the only way for this one. Like some other reviewers there could of been barriers from the Hove Lagoon end towards the Peace Statue - and along the coast road to the pier as there was not much space and people walked through with bikes, prams etc - a bit like the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon - at this stage they could be away from here!. The drinks stations were great - at London there are too many stations but theer were plenty at Brighton. I got used to Powerade before hand and this helped. All flavours but prefer the blue one though.
The end area was well laid out - and goody bag was fine- T-shirt was cotton but then London often is as well. At least you could go under the arches to get out of the sun - or if it rains to keep dry. I was dehyrated and felt dizzy!! Would certainly do it again.
Well done Tim Hutchings! Date of review: April 19, 2010
In full: Always brilliant - this half is one of the best I have entered. The whole town make it one of their 'big' days of the year and get behind the runners all over the course. Now run this several times the hills probably do get easier as you find it easier to pace yourself espceially in the first half. The seafront was actually easy this time and no injuries to worry about. Overall always worth doing and well done to Eric Hardwick for all his hardwork over the years. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Great race despite wet weather - only slightly slower than last year. Great goody bag a - medal and technical t shirt. Dame Kelly spoke to me twice and she was around all morning. Date of review: March 7, 2010