In short: Great Race that can be improved to make it even better! In full: My first marathon
Positives: Marshalls, volunteers and the Brighton public back their marathon with fantastic support.
Negatives: Unnecessary Expo, traffic in town on Saturday was horrendous and increased expense for runners. No pre-printed material such as start map and finish area maps, very useful for runners and spectators - should have been in race day pack. No park and ride to Mini-mile start, not joined up with main event as it should have been. This proved a logistical nightmare for my family with two children taking part. A long way to walk at the end and loop back round to charity village/repatriation was unhelpful.
Having said all that I would love to race Brighton again sometime. I will be back. Date of review: April 17, 2013
In short: A great race in itself and good warm up for marathon In full: Few people out to cheer on the runners but the atmosphere was really nice, conversations flowed and a good social long run for the first 10 before most runners then went to work for the final 10. Plenty of space to overtake on the open public roads and the airfield start great for avoiding a congested start. I will be back to race another Events to Live event as it was organised by runners for runners. The no headphone rule made it the more sociable too. Undulations ideal for training and the headwind going east on the airfield was great preparation for Brighton seafront in April. Has the potential to be a popular race in years to come and the price was very reasonable. Only minor gripe was no date on the medal although the ribbon contained the date but like most runners I run for the enjoyment and a potential PB. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: A crowded but well organised race In full: Found the facilities squashed in Madiera Drive and the inevitable queue for the toilets. Exiting out of the finishing area to go into town was tricky. The park and ride worked a treat though. Nice cliff top views of Brighton and race day atmosphere was good. The run was pleasurable after mile 10 but was tricky to pass people in places as this is where I ran my fastest miles. Organisers need to consider the layout at the start/finish and enable more space in the final three miles of the race as I had to be very careful when overtaking. Date of review: February 22, 2013