In short: Wot , no medals ??? In full: Better organised than last year, the starting place being more user friendly. Unfortunately the 2013 Tomlinson Leeds 10k uses virtually the same route? Come on lets have some imagination as I would say that both events possibly attract a good proportion of the same entrants. Small t-shirts were gone for those of us at the back of the field. On some events ,especially when no entrants are allowed on the day ,the shirt size is marked on the running number.This would appear to resolve the problem. However , despite the gripes , a good event well worth supporting. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Testing In full: This is my local race so I have to do it, even tho it's quite tough! Pretty, well organised, with a monster hill just after mile 6, and then a few climbs through woods, before you're back on the canal path. It's not a PB course but it is one I'll do again. Well organised with great marshals.
Just one tiny criticism, the new start in the school field didn't work so well, with the exit onto the canal path becoming a very slow bottle-neck. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Another superb event at Gosport In full: Yet again another fab run here. No PB for me this year but only as I didn't really push for it. The Marshals are simply wonderful and encouraging, the goody-bag has to be the best around and the childrens' race was lovely to keep children occupied for a while when the adults were out on the course. ....see you again next year! Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: If you don't PB at Gosport you never will! In full: You aren't going to be charmed by magical views, but this race is all about the PB opportunity. Pancake flat route, great organization and well supported (I've never seen so many marshalls!). Parts of the course are a little narrow but that's a small quibble. Nice fun run to keep the kids entertained - and awesome cake in the swag-bag. Huge PB for me and a good day out. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In full: Was expecting a PB, and was not disappointed, help by the brilliant marshals’ along the course ideal weather, and the Samba band on the slog around the airfield, would recommend to anyone looking for a PB, only trouble is next half is going to be hard to beat this time.
Only minor criticism was the bag drop, while I escaped the queue, many did not, think it was being held up by runners not having labels on their bags, something to look at next time.
In short: A flat and scenic 10 mile which is spectator friendly In full: I have run this several times as my local race. The organisation is good and race HQ in the community centre gives you a base and somewhere to keep warm in late November. The start is compact and friendly enough. The course is great, closed roads to begin, then a mile of track before running along the scenic seafront. It can be windy but you're only into the wind for a couple of miles at any one time before you turn around. The medal isn't up to much and there's no goodie bag/cake. That could be improved. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Fast and flat with amazing organisation-BRILLIANT! In full: A fantastic race, so well organised and enthusiastically marshalled. The route is a bit dull around the airfield but it's flat and you can get around quickly, moving on to the glorious coastal strecth of the route! Generous goody bag and lovely medal.....a great event, well done! Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Terrific race for the flat and off road In full: On a classic autumn morning, but still vest weather, the race set out fast and flat along the canal - quickly finding a rhythm as the front runners snake out over the first 6 miles. Then a sharp right and cow dung was an indicator of the incline to come, a gradual then sharp shift upwards for a good mile; this was good after the even start. It reminded me of a roller coaster which grnds you up hill before throwing you down and left and right and down, down again! the mud was ok and not too slippy either - brilliant! The final 3 / 4 miles back along the canal tests the quads and glutes after being off road, but it was all faultless. Markings and marshalls and finish were seamless and a Big well Done to all at Dirt Half - thank you! Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Inspiring racing In full: Fabulous route, smooth organisation, breathtaking views and hills. CTS maintain their very high standard of event. I didn't hold out much hope for those in road shoes though! Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Great local event! Excellent course, good organisation, great value. In full: This is a great local event. Set in the beautiful Kent countryside on a muddy and rolling course through the woods on a crisp winter's morning in November. The atmosphere was superb, with the start finish area right next to the car park in a small enclosure in the trees. The course is generally all wooded trails with some serious mud and a few hard packed trails. Its quite undulating with one or two short steep sections with rope assists for good measure. Pace was pretty quick throughout - although its not really a fast course. Nice T shirt thrown in too! All in all a great day out and one i'll definiately do again!
In short: Better start then previous years In full: The start of the race is definitely better than previous years, less congested, so less weaving between runners. The pens are not policed, so there are 'slower' coloured bibs in 'faster' pens, but not a problem. Somehow, the start and the finish are not very well marked this year, I was looking for the finish arch, but it was merely 2 flags at the side indicating the finish! It was well organised, a good race, another PB. I wish they bring back the medals. Used to have medals years ago! Perhaps more corporate sponsorship required. Maybe we'll get a goody bag as well next year ;) I live 5 minutes walk away from the start, so I'll be doing it again nevertheless Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Organisation is a huge let down! In full: It does not bode well when you do not have even an email acknowledging your entrance to a race, despite two emails to them asking, until 3-4 days before the event. Not even a holding email, nothing.
Arrived on the day, queues at registration, no idea which line I needed to be in, once done it was painless. There were 3 porta loo's near the finish, not enough for the number of runners.
We were instructed to follow someone to walk to the start, although I could not see a definite start line (maybe this is to mask the course coming up as short on most peoples GPS's!).
There were not water stations at every mile, only by the finish which you through 3 times before actually finishing. At the finish it was ladies to the right, guys to the left then joining a joint long queue for medals & t-shirts. There is no chip timing system so I would not rely on their "official" time, will go by my own.
I did a 10K the day before, pretty much for the same price, and it was plain to see which one was better organised!
There is much room for improvement on this event, but that seems to be a recurring theme with the feedback. MCC need to take note and make some changes.
In short: Excellent race! In full: Gosport Runners should be very proud and pleased at organising such an excellent race today. All the marshals were so vocal and supportive in encouraging every runner. The goody bag was far superior to the majority on offer at more expensive races.....Endurancelife please take note........but then it was organised by a running club! One suggestion would be to have the option of a bag drop at the finish. Another point I would like to make again is the selfish attitude of many runners who just discard their gel packets along the route. I watched one unaffiliated runner just throw his down on the grass verge. I would disqualify anyone for doing this in future as this wasn't an isolated event and happens at most races now. Date of review: November 17, 2013