In short: Beautiful scenary and well organised...but course map? In full: Really nice race in a beautiful location which great organisation. However my partner had come as a spectator and we were unable to find a course map anywhere. I don't know if one was available but it would have made her trip better if we'd found it. Date of review: May 23, 2016
In short: Very good for a first attempt. In full: I've done a few new races and usually there are hiccups: Run Hackney Half Marathon springs to mind. This one however was ran seamlessly and was well supported for the majority of the route. In fact the only surprise was how quiet it was in Bath. The route is tough but scenic/ Date of review: November 9, 2015
In short: Tremendous medal, beautiful course. Get some more toilets and sort the baggage In full: The route is great although winding and the medal is arguably the best I've seen BUT 30 toilets were not enough and there was a large queue for the baggage. This culminated in a sprint from loo to start. If they sort that out this good be a goodun. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Not a bad race but pricey for what it is In full: No major gripes but the price is high for what was delivered. Little things like a decided lack of water stops and cup rather than bottle bring it down. Also no medal or tshirt. Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Great but please god do something about the toilets In full: I've done this for four years as it is well organised, welcoming and a great early event for London marathon runners. However the toile situation was atrocious. If you're going to hire the upmarket water based loos then please god connect them to the mains. The cubicle I saw today put that scene in Trainspotting to shame. For the love of god get chemical loos and more!!! Date of review: February 1, 2015
In short: It's as good as the reviews said... In full: I tend to be from the 'horses for courses' school of thought when it comes to runs. I have done some which were well reviewed and I didn't enjoy and other which were badly rated and I loved. So with some skepticism I journey from London to do the Cross Bay Challenge and it was bloody brilliant. Unrivalled scenery, very challenging, real comradeship among the runnersabd well organised. I've done a number of the EnduranceLife runs and think this surpasses them in both challenge and scenery. Couldn't recommend more! Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Good but needs improvement... In full: Good bits 1) Well supported on the route and another London event which in my view are too sparse. 2) Nice running around areas I know. 3) Personally I love the water pouches and I had no problem getting them. Far better than bottles which are a huge hazard on route.
Bad bits 1) Transport: The bus guide lied as the buses stopped far further back and we had to cab. For 12,000 people couldn't the overground be on? 2) Toilets: Not enough 3) Baggage: Not quick enough 4) Cost: At that rate there should be a technical t-shirt... 5) Easier entry into pens (rather than fence jumping) Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Great support, awesome water packets and perfect weather but why the stupid corner? In full: This is a great race. I've run the London Marathon which is obviously special but Brighton really does turn out for this and make it an equivalent experience. The water is plentiful, the gels and energy drinks regular and the sea front finish exhilarating.
Two smalls gripes:
1. Who's stupid idea was it to have a very narrow right hand corner within a few metres of the start. It resulted in me walking round it and a starting mile a minute slower than the others.
2. Please just shell out for some more toilets, particularly on route.
With this I think this could be my perfect race. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Great Race with one caveat In full: Great race, challenging course made worse by huge puddles, well organised and quite scenic. Only criticism (and a fussy one) is that I am incapable of drinking from plastic cups. Hopefully they will get a water sponsor to provide bottles in the near future Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: Great Race but I was expecting something different In full: I think my expectations were a little high for this race as it has always been the half that gets special mentions. Yes the number of participants is impressive and in terrible conditions the support was good too but after leaving the city the scenery is pretty grim and the undulations make PB's very difficult. I couldn't help comparing it unfavourably to the BUPA 10K which I feel is the stand out event in it's distance.
Overall very good but not the best... Date of review: September 16, 2013