In short: Started hard... got harder! In full: I needed a race as part of my training for Beachy Head marathon and this certainly delivered. Stunning surroundings and a very tough 4.4(ish) mile loop with what felt like very little flat running. Many may be concerned about the uphill sections but trust me if you're not good at going to downhill this isn't the race for you... I did expect a better more lively atmosphere, perhaps not as many people showed up as they had hoped for?.. and what happened to the music promises? Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Felt Like a bit of an after thought after a day sporting events In full: Strange race with a small field. I was there to pace a friend to sub-2s and on a flat 2 lap course it made my job easy. However the half marathon felt like a bit of an after thought tagged on the end of a day of Triathlon and open water swimming events. The signage was poor at certain points and marshals were clearly confused by one section were running had to do 2 mini loops of a section on the first lap and two on the second. Having worked hard on the first lap and run down those who had on off too fast, it was demoralising to suddenly see them a way off in front of us. I have a Suunto Ambit 2s, never known a GPS watch so accurate and I finished showing 13.13. My bet is those showing less had earphones in or just couldn't be bothered to do the extra mini-loops. Apologies to those who made a genuine mistake on a complicated course. Having said all that, now I know the course, I maybe back to have a crack at my PB. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Hard to think of a better all round race... Fantastic! In full: Absolutely loved this race, challenging, beautiful, all you could ask for. Although different (Trail V.s Road) it put my local 10K to shame, come on Bearbrook raise your game!
In short: Another great year, but what happened to the start? In full: It's my local race and I will always support it, but it's a race that needs an identity. To be honest the local support is terrible and the parish mag didn't even list it in the August events. I live in Wendover and my wife, kids and a few friends made up half of the total support... When will we embrace this great little run! One last point, the start, what were they thinking? It was boarder line dangerous! Date of review: August 14, 2011
In short: Beautiful run but they have to get the basics right! In full: It was a stunning run, the most beautiful I have ever taken part in but when it comes down to raw facts, it’s a race over 13.1 miles, not 13.52. A small group of runners homed in on my debate with a fellow runner to confirm that their Garmin were also showing exactly the same distance. I’d also like to take issue with the comment about goody bags or medals. For the effort of running and finishing such a hard race I’d take a medal over a cheap bag any day… put it this way, I’d rather be showing my grandkids a box full of medals in 20 years time than a bunch of old bags.
I hope this doesn’t sound to hard, but it took the edge off what could have been such a great day… Sorry!
In short: I’m sorry to negative but… In full: Ok so no one could have predicted what seemed like 30c temperatures and I hate to moan about a race particularly when I’m a guest in someone else’s country but the Edinburgh Marathon had a lot to be desired. In an attempt to make this a constructive criticism, I will list some basics that I felt were just not good enough for a national marathon: Not enough marshals; poor signage at the start, badly organized drinks stations; no dividing line between out-going and in-coming runners; No shower points for runners to run through (Crowd did try to help) very narrow course for such a large field; shambolic finish area. I would also say I found it sad how few people bothered to support the race in terms of crown, although those who did were great.
I suspect I’m in the minority here and write this with a genuine sense of regret.
In short: How Much? In full: I know itâ€™s a training run, but seriously Â£25 for 8 miles (same bit twice) of nice River Thames scenery and then 8 miles of narrow pavement and no roads closed. But luckily the great goody bag at the end helpedâ€¦ Oh no thatâ€™s right, it was a mug! Maybe Iâ€™m just in a bad mood after clipping my elbow on a lamp post (bad bruised no break) when forced over by an all arms and very determined lady (Top running tip: pass on the right youâ€™ll find it easier in the future). If I need a training run of this nature in the future I think Iâ€™ll stick to local roads and save myself the Â£25 and the pain. Date of review: April 11, 2010
In short: Fantastic Sea Front Half! In full: What a difference a fortnight makes. So down after Brighton, so happy after Eastbourne. Well organised, well Marshalled, well supported, medal and Mars bar and the end perfect! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Too many problems to name... Not a great advert for road running in Brighton! In full: Due to poor weather and last minute course changes there may well be a many unseen reasons why this race was so bad, but Iâ€™ve run about a dozen different half marathons and this is the worst to date. Where do I start; poor signage; minimal toilet facilities; course dangerously narrow and twisting for so may competitors (Between the 4 of us who took part we saw 6 people fall) not enough people on the drinks stations; not enough marshals; and finally I have woken up to a black eye as the helpers at the end thought it would be a good idea to throw stuff in to the finishers crowd at the endâ€¦ thanks for that!
God help people who are running the Marathon in Brighton if this is anything to go by.
In short: Great Race… Great Day In full: I went into the race with an injury which took the pressure off PB times and running down the group in front or trying to fend off the person behind me, which meant I just ran and enjoyed the day. Sadly I broke down at 11.5 miles and had to walk run the rest of the way, but I would like to say a huge thank you to the chap who almost stopped to see if I was ok… I got to see the true spirit of road racing on this day, not only for his kind words of concern and encouragement but also me limping over the line in 2 hours. A goodie bag or T-shirt would not have meant anything to me in 20 years time, but the excellent medal I received will always remind me of my achievement. I also think that contrary to previous comments, the medal and Mars bar coupled with the excellent organisation offered extremely good value for money. Date of review: August 18, 2008