In short: Brighton - just let me out!! In full: Brighton is a good marathon. Plenty of water stations - much needed as the heat gave me a seaside glow. Hadn't thought that possible with the mud and grey clouds at Preston Park. Baggage lorries and general organisation I can't fault BM. Even failing to get my A time from mentally blowing up after 18 miles did not deter me from signing up for 2014. But please please please don't force people onto the beach or make runners walk all the way to West Street underpass when I needed to go north of the Brighton Dome. Date of review: April 17, 2013
In short: PB Pole Position In full: My second Adidas Silverstone HM and found this years was a lot better organised. The bagging areas was pain free and the course is a potential PB breaker. I managed a 4 year best and was 3 mins under my target of 1:46 ..
The course is busy but if you've got a spring marathon perfect to get you in the right mindset. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Brighton Marathon is quickly becoming a great event in it's own right and not an alternative to London In full: This event is coming on leaps and bounds. The organisation is excellent and with decent weather is a Marathon to put on the to do list. The first half is undulating - but what goes up must come down ! and the 2nd half is a mental test in its self with the dreaded Powerstation area.
Plenty of support along the course apart from the Powerstation areas. The t-shirt is ok but why these races dont do technical t's I dont know.
Cost has gone up for 2013-but I have signed up again. Date of review: April 19, 2012
In short: Alternative to London. In full: Overall a nice alternative to London. I struggled in the heat and didnt enjoy it but the crowd support is god, decent route apart from Power Station but then again the Isle of Dogs in London is not exactly picturesque. Loads of water and fuel stations. Good medal too.
In short: Should be called Tunbridge Hills. In full: Good atmosphere and a tough, tough course ! When I got to the top of the hill I wasnt sure whether to run down or stick a flag in the summit. All runners were given a free technical T shirt the rest of the goody bag was decent too.
In full: Cant fault the organisers and the route is as challenging as ever. Ebbisham Lane was as difficult as ever nearly made it up twice this year without stopping. Marshalls as enthusiastic as ever. Great little run although my time does not show it ;-(( Date of review: January 12, 2011
In short: Stuck in the middle with you ..... In full: As usual Londons transport never seems to disappoint + getting to this race was hard enough once you hear of the cancellations and 30 minute wait for the next tube.
"Run to the Beat" felt like a gimmick at times.
Extremely long queues to collect the bags at the end it was windy and freezing cold. Not had to queue this long in other events Brighton Half Marathon / London Marathon.
Good to have gel stops + energy bar stops on the way.
But overall disappointing. Date of review: September 28, 2010