Race report: Brighton half marathon 2015 (nothing like a PB)

I run because I like it. Most of the time, liking it comes from the places I’m running in and the people I’m running with.

This year’s Brighton half was a perfect example of just that. It was nothing like a PB (see last year’s equally as enjoyable race for that). It wasn’t my slowest either, but it was 13.1 miles of pure enjoyment.

Running by the sea, in the sun, in the company of the brilliant Michelle (#mischiefcrew), cheered on by my crew in a great race – what better way is there to spend a weekend?

Our recently acquired selfie stick (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it) came along with us for the weekend, and captured some fantastic moments.

We went down from London on the Saturday afternoon and spent a few hours refuelling wandering around the shops and along the beach after a way too heavy Friday night. Pro tip: do not drink 47 bottles of beer and stay up until 5am two nights before a half marathon. That is BAD prep.

We stayed in the excellent YHA which was mere minutes from the start line which meant a fairly relaxed morning breakfasting together and a short walk over to join our pens.

Maya’s photo

My only gripe with this race was the loo situation (it wasn’t going to be anything else was it?!) There was a SINGLE portaloo at the first water station, a SINGLE portaloo at the Red Cross tent at 8 miles (who also win the prize for rudest volunteers) and a couple at the 10 mile station. I’m not sure how many times we have to go through this but IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE TOO MANY TOILETS. But I can assure you; one is never going to be enough. Race organisers, for the sake of my bladder (and my chances of ever getting a new half marathon PB), sort it out. *breaths*

Okay, back to the fun stuff. A personal highlight was meeting George at mile 3. George was running on his 80th birthday. He did a sprint up the hill spurred on by the crowds and was very sweet in letting us have our photo taken with him. He made me well up and realise that if someone that is EIGHTY is running then I can shut the hell up moaning about my two day hangover.

As anticipated, the stretch out to Hove Lagoon and back was brutal, but after our second toilet break, me and Michelle got into full on ‘let’s get this shit done’ mode and just got that shit done. Also, it was getting closer to our midday checkout time and I was desperate for a beer. Whatever works.

At this point I must mention my incredible friend Stephanie, who ran a stellar time of 1:35. I could (and might) write a whole post solely on how this time blows my mind. It. Is. So. Fast. If anyone, anywhere, EVER needs some inspiration to show how anything is possible if you just put the work in, just look at Steph.

And that is why this race is ace – it allows for both PBs and partypace. And all with the backdrop of a beach. Perfect.

Sarah’s photo

 

11 Comments

  1. February 28, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun! It really was a great race- I love running next to the sea 🙂 Totally agree about the portaloos though!!

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:25 am

      Good I’m glad – I was worried that’s all I ever go on about but loos are important!

  2. February 28, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    If I can do it, anyone can. My first parkrun was Oct 2012 in 32 minutes, I’ve come a long way. but thank you babe. The cheers of you and the crew got me through my first ‘I am running so fast I might be sick’ moment. Not keen for that again anytime soon.

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:25 am

      SUCH a long way – so proud *kisses*

  3. March 1, 2015 / 7:19 am

    You get the PB for looking fab
    At a race.

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:24 am

      Aww thanks doll! If I’m going to run for 2.5hrs, might as well do it in style 🙂

      • March 3, 2015 / 6:38 am

        I should give you the glitters back in time for the London mara!

  4. March 2, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Great report – and how funny, I know George! He runs at our parkrun and is such a lovely man. Hope I’m like that at 80!

    • March 3, 2015 / 6:23 am

      Aww amazing! Me too, so so inspiring!

  5. March 5, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    I loved this race too (procrastinating reading your blog instead of writing my own race report :P) but YES about the loo sitch – this is the first race I needed the loo for from.the.start and didn’t spot any!!! Glad you pointed out that there were some but I looked desperately and must have kept missing them lol! Great race report!! xxx

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