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20th Aug2016

Brighton Marathon 2015 Review

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The 2015 Brighton Marathon was to be my 6th 26.2 mile event and after a fantastic few months training I had been feeling positive and looking forward to the start, however, with marathon running things don’t usually go to plan, 2 weeks before I picked up a foot injury that meant I couldn’t train and meant may have had to pull out.

Thankfully I made it to the start line after my longest ever taper, my foot covered in Rock Tape and a new pair of running shoes that I had not even done 1km in! Not ideal for a marathon, but the old ones had caused the injury, so it had to be done.

Brighton, similar to the London Marathon, requires collection of your race number on the Friday or Saturday before from a (fairly average) Expo at the Brighton Centre, so I headed down on the Saturday and with an hour to spare before the expo closed, joined a huge queue to get in, it moved pretty quickly and I soon had my number.

Early (sleepless) night in the Holiday Inn on Brighton seafront, which is basically an expensive Travelodge and up early for the start, the hotel laid on huge vat of porridge for the runners from 6:30am which was a nice touch.

Once I was ready it was time to head for the start in Preston Park, this was a 2 mile walk from my seafront hotel and I saw hundreds of other runners on the way.

30 minutes later I was at the start area and ready to run, one serious flaw in the organisation was the huge lack of toilets, people were queueing for 40 minutes plus to use the limited number available, for an event with around 15000 people involved it was laughable how few toilets there were, compared to the Reading Half Marathon where 20000+ people take part and there are no toilet queues, this was a big let down, thankfully for the guys there were plenty of bushes!

It was soon time to head to the start and before I knew it we were on our way.

The course is pretty flat and the support along the way was good, Brighton lacks the electric atmosphere of London and there are some miles where it is pretty depressing, in particular the industrial area around mile 18/19, which felt like it went on forever.

However, once through this, the build up to the finish line begins and the support gets bigger and better, to a frenzy into the last mile along the seafront.

We had paid extra for a VIP pass, which allowed my wife access to the grandstand seats on the finish line and after the race we had food and drinks in the VIP tent, which was really nice as the main after race finish area was packed with tired runners and their families. We were also next to Jo Pavey (who fired the start gun) in the VIP tent, which was nice.

Overall, the Brighton Marathon is a pretty well organised event, it is a good alternative to London, but (in my opinion) nothing beats the emotion, organisation and achievement of taking part in (possibly) the worlds greatest marathon in the UK’s capital.

Would I do it again….probably.