In short: Good - for a 13.5mile race. In full: Surely the most important element of organising a race is to get the course distance right? Yet I, and lots of other runners around me, had clocked over 13.5 miles as we crossed the finish line. I understand this was the case amongst some of the lead runners as well. I feel that months of training have gone to waste - and I've been robbed of a PB. It was a lovely course - but a polite message to the organisers: please realise that the majority of runners are out there to get a good time or beat their PB - we're not just there for a nice day out. "Approximately" 13.1 miles isn't good enough. Really not acceptable - particularly in view of the high entry price.
This is a significant downside to an otherwise well organised race - unless Sussex Beacon can get an accurately measured course next year, I won't be returning. Date of review: February 19, 2012