In short: Well organised and well run. Great marshals! In full: As an organiser of the Gosport Half Marathon (shameless plug!) I know how much hard work goes into putting on an event. From the moment we pulled into Minley Manor to the moment we left (good idea making it left-turn only BTW) the whole day seemed to run smoothly. The signage was effective, there was encouraging marshals where they were needed and the general feedback from our club members was that it was a great event enjoyed by all. You nailed it, well done! Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Scenic trail route ideal for a jaunt in the woods !! In full: The only issue I had was finding the place with my Tom Tom, it wanted me to turn into a cul de sac about 400 metres from the entrance to the Golf Club. The organisation was fine, the start great and the route very nice. The course followed the golf course boundary and was slightly undulating and very enjoyable to run over grass, some track and woods. One nasty little incline at the 6.5 km point through the woods but a thoroughly enjoyable race. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, well-organised, excellent In full: This race has really developed into something special for serious and non-serious runners. Well-organised, friendly and competitive with a nice goodie bag and a fabulous afterparty in the local pub with singers, dj and raffle. A must-do event. Date of review: August 14, 2016
In short: Fabulous location for a race on a warm summer evening. In full: Definitely one of my favourite races. Running on a good surface through the desolate beauty of shingle and saltmarshes on a balmy summer evening just before sunset - it;s difficult to beat that. If you're also a wildlife enthusiast then there are bonus ratings for the curlews and other waders flying to and fro!
The course is flat - so it's definite PB material (I got my 10k PB by one second) but costal location does mean there's likelihood of running into some stiff a breeze at some stage of the run. Date of review: August 13, 2016
In short: Mad to miss it! In full: A great race, nice flat course & bands/singers along the way. Yes, the wind can be brutal but what do you expect on a coastal run in February!? This year we were lucky and the sun shone. Organisation is excellent and considering the number of people they deal with everything runs smoothly. The start at the school is great as there is plenty of space for everyone to get out of the weather until the race start. Park and Ride is included in the entry fee, T shirts (and often some extra's) can be collected before the race. Chip time, great goody bag and medal. I really don't know what more the organiser could do - barr run the race for you!! Date of review: August 10, 2016
In short: Tough but enjoyable day In full: I have completed 18 marathons and this was my 3rd slowest so that should give you an indication on how tough I personally found the race. Hot time of the year, so to be expected. The course is not the flattest but apart from one swift nasty climb I would not describe it as hilly. I would do it again, well marshalled with the marshals being friendly and helpful. Plenty of water stations. Plenty of miles out in the country with just other runners for company. Not many spectators but very supportive in the last quarter of a mile. Good event and if you are looking for a low key marathon in the summer, which is well organised this would do the job. Date of review: August 9, 2016
In short: Decent race but miserable marshalls In full: Mostly run on grass and quite narrow so pretty difficult to overtake. 1 out of 8/9 marshalls cheered, don't think 1 even broke a smile. Considering there are few spectators you really need the buzz from the marshalls. You really didn't get it!
Wouldn't run again purely for this reason. Would consider the mini mile for the kids instead. Date of review: August 9, 2016
In short: Lovely trail run with Wombles In full: Really enjoyed this race. Didn't know the area that well and was pleasantly surprised that it was very wooded and shaded. The dry ground made it a little tricky in places but it was a lot of fun and not as hot as I feared. The organisation was great and high fiving a Womble is always a bonus. With 500 plus people in the race there was plenty of runners of all abilities, meaning it was good for both beginners and experienced runners. Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: Punishing Race with monster dlimbs, Beautiful coastal run, wonderful Marshalls and organisation. In full: Great coastal run, beautiful scenery, punishing two lap course. Great organisation and marshals, its tough but fab! Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: Good first race but a few niggles In full: Good route and scenery. Friendly volunteers, great and supportive crowd, a lovely atmosphere all around. A bit expensive, but would have been worth it had my chip timing worked - it failed - which was a bit gutting for my first race outing, so was thankful for gps tracking and Strava! Needs more toilets as 20ish for 5000+ runners doesn't cut it. Will do it again next year though :) Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: Expensive - too few toilets or too many runners In full: 40 toilets for over 5,000 runners = me starting the race 15 minutes after everyone else. Not going to wear a t-shirt that states that I'm a hero for running a 10K. Really congested most of the way round and particularly on the path alongside the river. Shame but won't bother with this one again. Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: best City scenery in England,. flat, fast, ace. Yorkshire Yorkshire Yorkshire In full: Fast, flat, summer in a beautiful city, with a great crowd, great scenery, plenty of friendly marshalls, really good medal & tshirt. Definitely PB potential for the more serious, definitely a run for those less serious also. Perfect mix. good baggage storage too. And if you ran 2016 you can enter 2017 cheaper. Really really good kids runs after the main event. Plenty of wooded areas around racecourse for non queuing toilets which is handy! Obviously you pay for all that, it's not cheap the York 10k, but personally, I'd rather pay than have a cheap run with no fun. another well run run for all event.
The event village is a bit naff and needs more stuff - including toilets please - but also stalls and stuff for kids.
people always complain about the traffic - the problem is there's too many cars. That's not the organisers fault. If you can avoid coming by car or car share to cut the numbers you'd be best doing exactly that. The roads struggle to cope from what i see every year. There is a very big park and ride that if the organisers and council promoted better would work much better, I live only a couple of miles away so can bike, there is lots of bike parking "unofficial" along the racecourse stands.
those late could also consider setting their alarm clocks for an hour earlier Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: Enjoyed the course, but organisation took the edge off. In full: Stayed only 7 miles away and allowed 45 minutes travel to arrive for warm up. There were huge delays on the roads, queueing for most of the allowed travel time, meaning we arrived after the claxon had sounded. Desperate for the loo, I was gutted that seeing the runners set off, I had to stand about 10 people deep, queueing for the loo, with a Marshall running around shouting for people to hurry up as the race had started. Because of this, the group I arrived with all dispersed and lost each other until the end. The course itself was great, well marshalled, and enough water provision. The atmosphere was encouraging and the medal and t shirt were lovely. However, as a vegan (and this goes for anyone with a milk intollerence), there was nothing I could eat or drink in the goody bag. Food and drink provisions were also poor in the event village and my spectator had no options whilst there. Leaving the car park was a nightmare. It took an hour to get out and was poorly marshalled. Overall, I'd do it again, but for the money, I expect a bit more. Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: 0.2 short, not enough toilets, expensive In full: I have to say not impressed with this. Firstly to charge £2 for parking is really annoying when you have paid £30 to enter. Its just rude. Then there were only 8 portaloos for all 3 races which is penny pinching. The course was advertised as flat and fast which it wasnt. Normally I dont mind the undulation however I went to the race deliberately as part of my marathon training to run quickly. Then to top t off it was 0.2 miles short. Poor do. Date of review: August 8, 2016