In short: Well organised and quite flat. In full: This was my second Marathon and first time running Brighton. I really enjoyeded it and beat my first Marathon time so I was happy!
I'll start with the things I thought they could do better, although there's only a few:
More toilets at the start, I queued for 45 minutes and just made my wave start time. I've done lots of events and never seen queues like it or waited so long.
Water stations were plentiful, but quite a few didn't have any water on approach, so you had to wait, or just go on to the next one. Water should be ready and waiting for the runners at all times. There wasn't any good signage either indicating that you were nearing them.
Hardly any mile markers, or if there were I only saw a few, so they can't have been that prominent.
Good baggage drop, no problems at all.
Excellent app so your friend and fellows runners knew where you were.
Lovely parts as you ran along near to the seafront.
Not entirely flat, but only a few small inclines, certainly nothing that would put me off, you could definately get a PB.
Lots of water stations.Water was in cups, which annoyed me at first when I heard that's what they were going to do, but it worked. Plenty of Gatorade and high 5 gel too.
Lovely medal (goody bag not up to much though).
I would definately do it again! Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Extremely tough, but extremely enjoyable at the same time. In full: This was the first time I had run this race. My sister and I decided to try it after hearing some great reviews. We weren't disappointed! Although there was the most evil hill I'd ever encountered on any race I have done, this was a great run and I'd definately do it again. The scenery was out of this world, there were some very steep uphill climbs but some long downhill bits too. A lovely atmosphere, fantastic marshals and plenty of water and Jelly beans. And we'll, the cakes at the end, what can I say? They were amazing and the slices were huge! The medal was great, there were plenty of toilets and parking and it was very well organised. This is not one for a PB, but for a good challenging run and a lovely day out, I'd fully recommend it. Date of review: January 11, 2015
In short: Fast, flat(ish) and excellent organization In full: Along with Bath Half, this is my favourite half and is now a firm fixture in my annual running calendar! Its exceptionally well organized and theres plenty of parking in the city centre. The bag drop is easy to find and theres never a big queue. The course itself is mostly flat with only a few small inclines and it always seems to fly by. Theres plenty of refreshments along the way to keep you going and again adequate toilet facilities. The medal is always a good one and the young volunteer Marshalls (I think they are army cadets?) are always friendly and professional. No complaints from me and my running buddies! See you next year! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Well organised, flat and PB potential. In full: Like a lot of people say, the first 3 miles are not that inspiring as you run them through an industrial estate. However, once you get onto the rural bit, the scenery is lovely as you run past farmers fields, over bridges and through a little village. The race is flat and I was very impressed with the amount of water stations. I think there were 6. The locals and the marshals were very encouraging. I really enjoyed this race and to top it all I got a PB! I'd definitely do it again. Date of review: April 18, 2014
In short: Fantastic scenery. A few hills but plenty of downward stretches too. In full: Excellent scenery, a good, but challenging course, with fantastic friendly and encouraging marshalls. The village hall where it starts is great with homemade cakes and coffee and tea at bargain prices. There are a couple of evil hills but also some long downhill stretches to even it out and a great bit half way where you run through a stream which cools you down! Demanding but fun! And organisation was great, with chip timing from DB max. Only disappointment was we didn't get a medal. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: A well organized, challenging and enjoyable race. In full: This is the first time. I have run this one, and I'd definately do it again. It was well Sign posted once you entered Corsham and parking at the venue was ample and well organized. We entered on the day and this was very quick and easy to do. The race itself was challenging for a road/treadmill runner like me as it was all cross country. Lots of hilly, wet, boggy and muddy bits, but that added to the fun. The marshalls and volunteers were friendly and encouraging as were the dog walkers and fellow runners.The medal was lovely and at the end there was plenty of free tea/coffee and bottles of water.
There were only a couple of things that I would have liked.There was no water station around the course and no mile markers. But this wouldn't put me off doing it again.
Well done to the organizers, I'll see you next year! Date of review: January 19, 2014
In short: Great Mid Week Race In full: I would definately do this again. It was very well organized and chip timed. Marshalls were brilliant as were the other volunteers.Great TShirt at the end , but I would gave preferred a medal. The race itself is mostly flat with only a few minor inclines and the scenery is nice.A lovely downhill straight to the finish aswell! I will be back next year. Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Excellent race, definate PB potential . In full: Again a really well organised race. My whole group managed PBs. This years medal was a lot better than lasts years one, it was lovely. Great snacks for sale afterwards (tea, coffee,bacon rolls etc). Plenty of toilets. Acurately measured course and friendly marshalls. Prize draw at the end for a quality pair of trainers. Only thing I'd ask the organizers to consider is chip timing, but other than that it was excellent again and I will definately be back again next year ! Date of review: November 19, 2013