In short: Rubbishâ€¦ The great city of Brighton is not conducive for marathons. Half or Full In full: Mr Hutchings comments do not withstand scrutiny and one could argue that he is being somewhat disingenuous, distancing himself from the spectacle that was the Beacon Half. Both organisations will most certainly have had input from Brighton & Hove District Council and will be very much guided by the authority. The inaugural Brighton Marathon would not be happening were it not for the approval of the District Council, to that end Grounded Events Company has great deal in common with organisers of the Beacon Half. Good luck to all those running on the 18th.
From what I saw on Sunday Brighton is a Health & Safety Half/Marathon Nightmare. I helped up a fellow runner who had ran into and over unmarked cast iron bollard at crutch height, (Ouch!) just past TK Max. Pedestrians and moving traffic was very much a feature on Sunday. There are far too many twists, turns and curbs through the streets of Brighton to establish any real sense rhythm or pace. The iron bollards along the seafront are also very hazardous and were inadequately marked. Despite running a half marathon pb, Sunday was quite simply very poor, I concur with the previous comments about baggage storage, parking and toilets.
As for the weatherâ€¦ well weâ€™ve all been out in the rain again this week, its part of a runners lot!
If you want a truly remarkable Half Marathon Experience take a look at the London Parks Half. Well organised, safe and spectacular.