I first did Brighton marathon 5 years ago, it’s always been one of my favourite road marathons, despite having been chewed up and spat out by it more than once! This year’s plan was not necessarily to run my fastest, but to pace sensibly and enjoy the last few miles rather than a repetition of last years…of which the soundtrack could have resoundingly been Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall!’
The course is fast, gently undulating for the first half, flat for the 2nd. Despite the number of switch backs which may make it look unappealing on paper, don’t be put off, it’s not dull with plenty going on, from drums, to dancers to the bikers/scooters and vintage minis which always come out to support….like a hybrid of Quadraphenia and The Italian Job.
The out and backs are a good chance to see your friends in the opposite direction and give them a cheer. Likewise, it’s great to see the elites speeding by. Atmosphere wise, it’s pretty close to London. It’s a very well organised race, with a frequently running park and ride to the start and finish and plenty of well manned water stations.
As a lover of the sun, I enjoyed every minute of the race this year, while the heat adds an extra challenge, the views over the coast and the downs are spectacular, and a beer/ice cream/cake/burger (delete as appropriate…or all of the above!) on the beach in the sun is a great way to chill afterwards. In the days of bling tastic medals, I like the old school simplicity of the medal which each year features a different Brighton landmark.
ED: Lisa has completely understated (in fact not even described) the quality of her performance today. Her chip time was a superb 3:25:08 which bagged her 46th place overall out of 4818 starters and 14th position in age category. It wasn’t Lisa’s fastest marathon but in the hot conditions look at her pacing on Strava and marvel at the control, execution and performance.