In short: Flat, scenic and very early! In full: In summary a great race. Did 16 last year but went for the 8 this year and ran quicker than I thought I could!. Good race for beginners and advanced alike. First half along the towpath more scenic than the second but by the second half my head was looking at the floor anyway. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Thanks Pompey - you did us proud In full: I've been looking forward to this for ages - having grown up in the Portsmouth area the chance to run this race was too good to miss. Great day out - so many positives. The warm up guy, the support on the way round (including all the old people sat outside near the cathedral!), the musical entertainment, plenty of water, no real headwind in the last two miles, and most definitely the best medal and goody bag I have received. Saw Brendan Foster at the finish - hopefully this event will start to steal some of the GNR thunder :)
Agree about the mile markers - I saw them all but then I was doing ten minute mile pace, and a couple had twisted round on lamp posts so they were facing the other way! Tiny gripe on otherwise near perfect day. Now has anyone got a new hip-bone I could borrow???
p.s. a big thanks to the Cancer Research UK cheering bus at South Parade Pier, and their tent at the finish, for their support and good supply of chilled drinks. Most appreciated. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: very tough, great scenery Good organisation In full: hills hills and more hills, very tough but scenic run, the hardest race I've done so far, in my short racing experiance, but great fun. Good t-shirt and a nice little goody bag. Marshills in all the right places. But could do with another water station. will definatly do it again. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Flat, fast, excellent organisation. In full: Great race, great course, decent support. Unlike an earlier reviewer I saw all except maybe two or three mile markers and most were more or less right which is as good as you get in races. Good idea to start the two races seperately which resulted in a largely uncongested course. Loads of drinks stations and it was great to end in the stadium. Goody bag was okay as was lunch in a local pub afterwards. All in all a great day out! Was always going to be a PB for me as this was my first full marathon (3:24). Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Everything I could have hoped for In full: Well, where do I start? The MC mentioned this website and and I hope the organisers read the comments. This race has a high ranking on this site for a reason. It's brilliant. Best race I've done in a while. I'll get the one negative out of the way first so I can compliment afterward. The slowness of others in the first wave. I know the waves are there to make it less congested but I still got jammed at the start, and I came top 200, so it's frustrating for me to have to pass people who have lined up at the front and then space themselves out in the first mile, blocking those who don't want to jog the first mile or so on a course that we could easily get a PB on. We've all paid the same amount on the entry, so please have consideration slower runners, if you cant run a 60 min 10 mile dont be in the first few rows. One guy fell over on the curb trying to pass on the inside, probably ruining his day/race. All I would suggest to the organisers to try and sort this is have markers with predicted finish times and lets hope people know what they can run. Failing this, I'm just gonna push to the front.
Right, now for the good stuff. What a great chunky medal! Quite easily my fave in my collection, it feels worthy of the name medallion! Nice t-shirt, nice goody bag too. Best goody bag I've received. The crowds were great, and the cheering cannot fail to help push you on, a stirring feeling that only cheering can give. Even those few spectators by themselves in the more quiet sections were clapping and seemed happy to have us there. Nothing more heartfelt to watch children cheer there fathers/mothers on and it's also sweet for those many older ladies who seem to possess a great amount of passion in cheering strangers on. Nice to see the group of real oldies siting outside to watch us young bucks fly by. Mind you, anyone else want to boot that little kid in his doorway yelling at us to run faster? :P Fast, really well organised, great atmosphere, great medal, fast results service online and via text. It's been a great weekend, and highlight race of the year. From hearsay the only one I can think of that can beat this is the London Marathon. This race should be bigger and can only get better, just make sure if there are more entrants, get them positioned right on the starting grid. This race is so good tho, it seems to have even tempted my friends watching and who live in Southsea to seriously contemplate joining in next year. All out of superlatives now, until next year, I cannot wait... Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Beware the hills and the dog mess In full: quite tough, but enjoyable. Its a pity the local dog walkers dont clean up after their pets. Never seen so many dog eggs on public paths. Putting bags on my trainers next year. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: So much less congested than Gt North Run In full: 1. 3 group start much the best way of aviding mass congestion - GREAT NORTH RUN TAKE NOTE ! 2. Brilliant parking/marshalls/signposting 3. Easy to move around at start/finish But 4.Where were the mile markers after 3 ??? Next one was at 10k! Why does this happen so often? 5. Seafront crowd gives great atmosphere, rest of crowds a little thin and quiet ! (def compared to other big events)
In short: Got a PB!! Agree about the shambles at the end..... In full: Before the race, I thought "great organisation, no registering the day before everything came in the post" After the race "what a mess!" The queues and being pushed around after running 13.1 miles was a really crap end to what was otherwise a great race. The race itself was great! Saw some great bits of Cardiff, the route was scenic and I got a PB. I will remember......always. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Nice race In full: Everyone else has done the main complaints - bags should have been in the trucks, or at least the signs should have been on top of the tent where people could see them. Can't believe people checked the date on the water, I couldn't even tell you what colour the label was. very good marshalling and marking, the race itself was excellent, its just the fiddly bits that need tightening up for next year. Managed 3 minutes off my PB, but the number of people to dodge meant I think I could go faster still. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Fast race, slow baggage check In full: Pluses: Very scenic start by the River Mersey with a friendly mix of people of all ages and abilities. Negatives: Unclear as to where the finish line was located-several people stopped running after crossing the inflatable gateway--the "hidden" finish was further along! Baggage check worse than a 3rd world airport. Neat chip timing device used--attached to actual race number. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great course, shame about the shambolic end. In full: This was my first half marathon and I thought it went really well. Organisation was great until you finished the race. There were no marshalls telling you where to go, massage tables in the way everywhere, ridiculous crushing queue and after waiting twenty minutes I gave up and left with no medal or anything else. VERY disappointed about that. Date of review: October 9, 2005