In short: Tough it is In full: Well I knew what to expect, and wasn't let down.
Must first say a big thank you to the marshalls. It was a horrible day to be standing out there like they were, so thumbs up.
Very much a low key event, certainly compared to big city marathon, but to me, thats part of the attraction. Was fantastic to be up on the Down with almost no one else around .I felt the weather added something else to the event. Certainly meant we had the Downs to ourselves.
Good amount of water station, though don't expect too many mile markers. They did seem to have them at significant parts of the course though.
Didn't seem to be much going on when I finished, though perhaps the weather and my slow time didn't help.
I was just happy to get back to my car and get the heaters on :) Date of review: May 4, 2010
In short: A great day in the sun! In full: Well its been a long time coming, but I would like to add my thanks and congratulation to the organisers of this, the first Brighton Marathon. I had a fantastic time, dispite a rather slowish time, and still aching legs!
It did look like there could have been more toilets. This is always a comment for most races. Though I did wonder if having one block of lots of toilets would have been better than the clusters of portaloos they did provide.
The route was nice mix of city and countryside. Think I probably found the first half more interesting than the second. There were quite a few loops, as people have said, though it depends how you look at it. Yes, it could be dull, but then it did give you the chance to spot friends, celebs, etc, which you don't normally get if your running in a straight line. The power station part was a challenge, but then we are talking about 19-21 miles. I did enjoy the DJ. I suspect this part of the route may become a legendary part of the race. It did provide a moment of quiet, and made me appreciate the fantastic crowd support.
Brighton (and Hove), should be proud at the way they supported us runners. Date of review: April 21, 2010
In short: Not a bad run, but needs a rethink In full: I can only echo what some of the others have said about the race.
Had always been a bit of a favourite for me, but I was very disappointed.
No queue for me to finish, but once over the line it was chaos. Not very good, when all I wanted to do was get changed into warm dry clothes.
The non existant staff at the bag drop post race was shocking. Maderia Drive is open to anyone, so there was no security at all. Plus I did not appreciate having to search for my bag in conditions like yesterday.
Overall, I appreciate that Sussex Beacon are trying to raise as much as possible for the valuable work that they do, but they need to remember that us runners need looking after better than yesterday.
In short: A reasonable run out on Sunday morning In full: Always quite quick, though does depend on the wind. Due to the turn rounds, you do get to see the leaders twice, which is unusual in my case, lol.
I'm just disapointed with some aspects of the organisation, especially as its run by an athletics club. Water stations seemed a bit of an afterthough, and there was no drink at the end. Date of review: November 15, 2009