In short: A lovely, muddy, challenging race. Very well organised with great marshalls In full: Where to start?
Yes it was horrible weather; wet and windy which meant we were stomping through thick wet mud for a lot of the course. But this added to the fun; it was great to splash through the muddy puddles. If parts of the run weren't in a cloud, the views would have been spectacular.
The organisers and marshalls deserve a special mention. I really liked being about to start whenever you want and the hot drink and breakfast afterwards were very welcome. The marshalls were great, really encouraging and they all seemed happy to be standing out in wind and rain whilst a load of loons went by. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Nice Race In full: Well organised on the day, a bit slow getting the results correct and published. Scenery nice enough but not stunning (but I am spoilt living close to the South Downs). Very encouraging local support and nice touches at the end - food and hot drinks. Date of review: June 27, 2011
In short: Brilliant. Lovely scenery and wonderful marshals In full: A really lovely race.
Yes, the hills are tough but the scenery and views are definitely worth it.
For me it's the organisation and marshals that really make this a top-notch event. The marshals are so friendly and encouraging. The course is very well marked; where else do they spray paint the tree roots and other hazards? Plenty of well stocked drinks stations and a great mix of beginners and speedy types.
In short: Speedy course if the wind stays away In full: Much better course than previous years, definite PB potential if there's no wind and this year there wasn't.
The organisation was much improved on last year's chaos and it was a good idea to have the baggage so far from the finish.
The starting pen times seemed a little random, there's a big difference between 1:25 and 1:40. Having said that, people seemed to largely ignore them which could be a problem if you're going for a specific time and line up in the correct place when everyone around you hasn't.
A lot of people running with MP3 players which is annoying and dangerous. Seems to be happening more and more at bigger races Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: Well organised scenic race but big and too MP3 players In full: As others have said this is an expensive race but it's understandable given such a big field and the fact it's central London. I didn't experience any of the congestion others have mentioned and thought the course was well marshalled. Lots of water and freebies to be had.
If you like big races then this is definitely one of the better ones.
I got there about 45 minutes before the start and only had to queue for a couple of minutes for the loo and not at all to drop my bag - inevitably the later you are the more queues there will be.
It was enjoyable to run through central London, past some of the sights and through the parks.
Definitely a PB race - almost pancake flat.
The only thing that will make me think about entering it again is the number of people running with MP3 players. There is really no place for them in races, they are dangerous and unsociable. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Lovely race with superb organisation In full: This is a lovely, friendly race around Bewl Water. The first 9-10 relatively easy but the last 5 are a bit more playful, nothing too horrendous but some ups and downs and uneven terrain to sap what's left of your energy at the end. Lots of water and energy drinks on the course plus sponges and a hose shower. A good value goody bag and free home made cakes adds to the experience. Date of review: July 4, 2010
In short: Great race. Lovely course and amazing support from spectators In full: I think it's all been said before.
The delay at the start was unfortunate but once we got started the race was great.
Lots of water stations, especially in the second half when you really want them. Good to have bottles rather than cups.
As I live in Brighton and do a lot of my runs along the route I was worried I would find it boring but I really enjoyed it and particularly liked the return from Ovingdean when all you could see, in every direction, was runners.
The wall at mile 20 made me laugh (not sure I'd have found it funny if I'd been really suffering!). The DJ at the power station gave me a well needed boost.
I agree that the crowds weren't giving the runners much space along the prom in the last couple of miles but this is a minor gripe.
I didn't mind the walk at the end to reclaim my bag and meet my family. After the cock up at the Brighton half this year where people were queuing to get over the finish line I would gladly walk an extra couple of hundred metres to avoid that.