In short: Nice race, good atmosphere and well organised in a great city In full: Some improvements could be made: avoid the grasscrete - v hard on feet. The course is at its limit for numbers and the backmarkers of the half marathon got tangled up with the front of the marathon. Mile marking could be more accurate - would appreciate markings on the road as the hanging signs seemed a bit approximate. Also - race seemed about 0.4m long? Has it been accurately measured? Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Another great south run! In full: This is on my home territory so I am perhaps a little biased, but having done other races big and small this is still the best one of the lot. Agree with comments that the crowds were quiter than usual, not sure why that might be though.
In short: An exceptionally well organised race In full: I was really impressed by everything about the race. The wave system worked well, as per last year and we got away right on time. Plenty of water bottles at the two drinks stations and at the finish. Good quality tee shirt and best medal yet.
A nice touch was the helpers removing timing chips for those unable to reach down and remove them themselves.
There seemed far fewer cars on the common, so many must have taken the organisers advice, to park in the town centre. I was able to take advantage of a car share and we left the common without having to queue at the exit. The traffic was directed out of the city by a different route, which cut out the nose to tail traffic of previous years. There were police in evidence at crucial spots, which ensured a free traffic flow.
All in all, a superb effort, which the Great North Run would do well to take note. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Running alongside a herd of deer is absolutely fantastic. In full: With fantastic views, proximity to amazing animals at almost every kilometre and in support of a good cause, it is difficult to find fault. However, the Rhino Run is exactly that - a run, as opposed to a race. The start was somewhat haphazzard, and the marshalling of the finish could have been better, especially given the number of spectators happy to wander into the finishing strait. However, whilst such criticism may seem churlish, a few small changes may attract a bigger field, and bigger exposure for a worthy cause. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: My first one and I ache all over. But I loves it!!!! In full: I took up running this year and decided to make Cardiff my first challenge, even more so as it's my home town.
I thought it was organised OK, though the stadium wasn't opened until around 7:30 unlike 6:30 as stated in the programme.
The race was good although I could have done better. The scenery was fantastic from the wharf, it nearly made me stop and admire the view.
I agree with the lack of markers, I had to ask a steward at one point as I didn't have a clue where I was.
The end was a bit of a farce, as we had to wait for ages to get up the isles in the seats when all I wanted to do was walk and warm down. Seemed to be a bit of a queue to get medals.
Overall it was a good day, you can't beat the stadium with the sun shining and the atmosphere was good, though I was expecting a bit more from the local rodio station. Just seemed to be some lass with a mic at the finish. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Excellent well organised friendly race. Recommended. In full: Flat, two circuit course on a warm sunny October day! Half Marathon starts at 0815 (one circuit), full at 0900 Two circuits). No nonsense run, just turn up and go. Chipped. T-Shirt send out on confirmation of application - excellent. Water points, energy drinks and marshaling all first class. Thought the two circuits would be a minus but a plus for me as on the second circuit you were familiar with the route. Scenery was interesting with a large section through public parks and a great finish at the Millennium stadium. In all, an excellent run, not crowded, well organised and friendly. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great Race, Great Organisation - Crowd a bit quiet at times In full: 3rd year doing this one and seems to improve year on year. I got a wave one start position even though I was honest about my predicted time - 85mins. Stayed at the back of the wave and enjoyed a comfortabel run - too comfortable as my time was 90 mins. Still I needed to run another 10 miles in the afternoon as I'm doing the New York Marathon next month so my argument is that I was saving myself!!
The warm up was up to its usual standards - fantastic.
Visually impaired and wheelchair entrants were very motivating.
Car parking and exiting very well organised and I managed to get out on to the motorway in about 20mins - not bad.
Plenty of water available throughout but I agree that some of the mile markers were "hidden" or maybe had been pinched overnight.
Overall a great event. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A very very well organised event, would recommend to anyone either the full or half marathons. Good flat route and what a finish!! In full: Good run up to 20 miles, struggled at the end. Really well organised - stadium finish was superb. Will do it again. Seems to me like a lot less hassle to do thjis marathon than go through the London system of applying, then waiting, then having totravel up ahead of the race just to pick up the race number etc. Huge credit to the police and marshalls who made this run very smoothly indeed - well done from me!! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: No thanks. In full: I had a fantastic day and this feedback is unbalanced. The good things that people have said are true BUT:
(a) I lined up on the start just 10 yards behind the elite pen, only to see a captain scarlet and an 85 year old man in front of me. Were they really 55min runners? No. The organiser needs to do more to stop this or they will loose the club runner contingent. In fact they already have - at my 6min/mile pace, this was a lonley race. From 7 to 8.5 miles, I was alone, very alone (perhaps all my peers were stuck behind captain scarlet). Looking forward to Hayling 10 when there'll be a few more folks about.
(b) The mile markers employed that well-known technique called "nearest lampost'll do"
(c) Not a lot of support really. Portsmouth didn't really turn out - pockets of ten or 20 supporters at points along the course. (Well done to runners' families and friends tho - great support around the pier etc..) Portsmouth have got a long way to go before they match the east end of London during at FLM. And it *was* a nice day
So it's no thanks for me. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race. Looking forward to February. In full: The best of the few organised runs I've done so far and will certainly be back next year. Seeing the animals was a real treat at the end. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: An absolute must! In full: Wow, what a race. I did this last year and have made the pilgrimage up from London once again, but this time have come up with a fellow running chum. (because its great!)
Very fast today, wonderful weather, and ran to perfection as an event. Others event organisers should take a long hard look at this one, the crowd, water stations, bands and marshalls take a bow!
Oh and Jimmy Saville would be proud of that medal!
Would i do it next? your damn right i would. And ill bring more people, so spread the word! Well done PortsmouthThanks for another great race.
1:15 and flying....Come On! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Hilly race, but great 2 mile downhill finish. In full: For a "non-clubber" this was quite a tough race, but the marshalls were all incredibly friendly & encouraging. Date of review: October 9, 2005