In short: Race for the time not for the medal In full: Positives:
Went under 1h30 for the first time due to fast nature of course. My pacing was all over the place though. Good number of faster runners and pens were well organised. Locals came out and supported. Pacers although was too far back for them to be any use to me. Liked the out and back section.
Negatives: Naff medal, is there anything famous about Surrey than a road, the most famous road in Surrey does not even go near Guildford and Woking. AAT events had a road last year in a circular format. Only reason I know is I could not remember as it was again non-descript. Signage in event village was not exactly eye catching. Baggage queue was horrendous. Not an ideal course for family to follow runners and mine felt they were confined to the event village but did enjoy the atmosphere watching the front runners finish.
In short: A good challenging course In full: Ran this as a useful hard training run for bigger races. The winding forest paths found me out as I was on a break from London. Not as fit as I thought I was and useful to run a mixed terrain course. Nice technical t-shirt , no medal (don't need these for a 10k) costing only £14 on the day. A bargain for a 10k really. Race director promptly responded with questions. Only gripe is the men had to share one toilet and with 250+ entrants this year that was a challenge in itself. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Great course and organisation In full: Lovely race, communication leading up to the event was spot on. The locals definitely backed the race which always makes it special with the support in the villages and in the towns. It did say clearly on the website what was included and the goody bag was not listed and the list was quite specific. Route congested in places which was always going to be the case with an out and back along a small local road. I only entered this race as I was fed up with the emails about another race a week earlier and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the race and a nice mildly undulating course. Secured a sizeable PB with crap training too. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Thank you Dooddlers for a great race In full: Great marshalls, organised by runners for runners. The cake and "tango" orange t-shirt were great at the end. No need for road closures as next to no cars. At £14 on the day entry it was a bargain - larger races could learn a thing or two here. A nice early training race for an autumn marathon in a nice part of Dorset. Date of review: August 5, 2013
In short: Pleasant race across the common - proceeds go to local charity In full: A nice race, timing chip used this year at the end, did not notice anything at the beginning. Hot conditions may it heavy going, pleasant under the trees but not so pleasant out in the open. Nice local feel and enjoyed the atmosphere and the marshalls were excellent, supportive and organised the traffic and other users of the common. Would definitely race again. Date of review: July 8, 2013
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