In short: A perfect race In full: Perfectly organised and supported. Everyone involved deserved a medal for their efforts in the relentless rain today. A perfect race from start to finish Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Brilliant, well organised race. In full: Weather was filthy on the day, which caused traffic congestion, so delayed start. The organisers dealt with this admirabley wit proper explanations. Route was scenic, but on road still.Roads closed so very safe to run. % water stations, wet sponge station & a jelly baby station... brilliant!!! Marshalls everywhere, very professional, polite & encouraging. Finish on the footie pitch was amazing & goodie bags, T shirts & medal the best I've had. Thank you, an outstanding race!I will definatley race it again. Nice,fast PB course. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Brilliant again despite the weather. This race is organised to suit the runner whatever ability. I've run it every year and it just gets better and better. Well done Nicola and Neil In full: The organisers of this race make the most important ingredient the runner. Quite often the focus is the event itself but not here. The regular communication is excellent, so is the organisation and the marshalls. Not only were there regular water stations, but also jelly baby stations and sponge stations. It's a flat PB course and everyone passing the finish line is heartily congratulated whether its the race winner or the back marker. Water, goody bag, facilities, parking are all well catered for and all I can finally say is roll on next year. It just gets better each year. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: very well organised race In full: start is a bit far away from the race HQ! flooded roads were a bit challenging too! marshals and supporters AWESOME! really dedicated and cheerful, even though they were wetter than us! Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Great race. A shame about the rain but a 10 minute PB makes it worth while In full: Great goodie bag at the end. Ample parking spaces. Great to finish on Glanford Park and most of all fabulous organisation. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: A well organised, scenic and friendly race. I would definitely recommend it to friends and club-mates. The course is tough and has plenty of ups and downs and twists and turns to make it nice and varied. Attracted a small but happy bunch of runners. Free tea and cake at the end - very welcome. Date of review: May 2, 2015
In short: underwhelming In full: I did this race with my aunt (her first run, my second) Unfortunately I may have ruined it for myself slightly in regards to my expectations, as my first run was flawlessly organised and orchestrated (Fulham and Putney HM). This was however a challenging race (OMG LAP 3 ON THE FINAL HILL!) and I loved the actual racing part itself. I would say that there needs to be markers other than the lap 1, 2, 3 thing and perhaps that guy giving out the medals could have got off of his phone long enough to have paid me even a second of eye contact and handed me my little medal and T-shirt in a timely, more graceful manner. But you get what you pay for so cant really complain...! My aunt thoroughly enjoyed! Date of review: May 2, 2015
In short: Brilliant race In full: Great organisation before, during and after the race. Fantastic atmosphere the whole way round. Great medal and technical t shirt. Perfect race! Date of review: May 2, 2015
In short: A lovely run with some fantastic scenery. A nice mix of up and down hills on roads and footpaths. It was a bit quicker than I was expecting but thoroughly enjoyable and well organised. Date of review: May 1, 2015
In short: Perfect conditions and faster than Berlin In full: Weather was more friendly towards runners than the spectators. The amount of water and sports drinks stations is amazing.
The bottled water definitely was worth at least 1 minute for me. Easy to grab, you don't have to walk to drink just a little bit and you can bring it along and drink it as you need it. Berlin doesn't have that.
The weather, bottled water and the amazing support made perfect conditions for a new PB. Date of review: May 1, 2015
In short: Killer hills, great small race, lovely atmosphere In full: Really enjoyed this race (in a masochistic way). Three hills, two of which were really tough, but a lovely scenic off-roader, very well marshalled, with good course marking. Nice opportunity for the kids to do a 1k or 2k race and lots for them to do at the race HQ in a primary school (including opening the library, drawing and painting and a bouncy castle). Unusual (in a good way) home-made medals, and what seemed like lots of trophies for every age category, including the kids. Will definitely do again, with a lot more hill-training in preparation! Date of review: April 30, 2015
In full: Friendly race, fantastic organisation, gorgeous scenery and great value for money. The challenging hills would make it tough for beginners but the friendliness and encouragement from marshals more than makes up for it. Date of review: April 30, 2015
In short: Excellent experience In full: An excellent event from pre-race info right through to goody bag and freebies after the race. The organisation was faultless. The real highlight is the fabulous atmosphere through the majority of the race, very uplifting. Thanks to organisers, volunteers and RW pacers. Date of review: April 30, 2015
In short: Awesome. However.... In full: Awesome! I've done various runs around the UK and Europe, and this was a top event. The support from the people of Southampton, especially on a dull day, and this being the first event, was very impressive. One of the best supports in the UK - rivals Hastings Half, and beats the Great North, though not quite as good (yet) as the Great South.
There are automatic FaceBook updates on your progress, which is a great idea.
Better signage for the toilets - there were two toilet areas side by side, and the queue for the right hand one was short, while the left hand one was too long. Folks were not being told there were two queues. Urinals for the boys helps to shorten the queues, and removes the need to pee on the trees.
The start was delayed by 10 minutes. Small events are sometimes delayed. Big events shouldn't be.
Running down the high street to Bargate was fun, and it would be great to keep that, but that needs tighter marshalling and/or bollards to mark the route. It felt odd to be running vaguely down the street while pedestrians and shoppers were wandering around. We were left to ourselves to find the route, and had to dodge the shoppers.
Again, it would be great to keep going through Ocean Village, but there was serious congestion there.
It was fairly demoralising to head toward the finish to be then diverted away from it to take a circuit of the city centre.
Bottles were offered without tops. This made it not practical to carry, so the bottle had to be thrown away unfinished. I asked for an unopened bottle, and was told they had none. At a later stop I got under a table and broke open a case to get one. I'm glad I did as at some later water stops bottles had run out. I didn't carry my own bottle because I assumed this would be properly organised. In many races the tops are loosened but left in place.
The mile signs were not clear enough. Small signs are OK for small races, but at a big event you need big signs, as it can be difficult to spot in a crowd.
There was no goodie bag (at least for the tail enders like me). And no bottles left. I was offered water in a cup.
It's a longish walk from the finish back to the baggage (which is where a number of runners would have left their recovery drinks, etc) And there was a scrum at the baggage tent.
I loved the race and have already signed up for next year. Even if none of these things are sorted out, I would still love the race as I found the organisation to be fun and professional, the route to be first class, and the support very warming.
In short: One of the best days of my life! In full: I was lucky enough to get a ballot place in the 35th anniversary run and it didn't disappoint! It was my first ever marathon and I loved it (once I crossed the line). The crowd were absolutely fantastic and helped me to keep going. I would definitely do it again! Date of review: April 30, 2015