In short: Fab race, very tough and challenging but superb scenery. In full: I agree with Anthony. What are you guys moaning about? If its advertised as multi-terrain through Crown Estate woods, there's no way you are going to run a PB. And who cares. Ive been running for over 15 years, i would expect to run about 44mins for a road 10km and ran 46.30 yesterday. To be honest considering the mud and hills I am very pleased. And the complaints about loos-go in the bushes...I am a female and would much prefer a bush to a stinky loo anyway !!I also cannot believe runners who complain about hills-don't be such a bunch of wimps !!If you are a real runner you should relish the challenge of more difficult courses anyway. The more hills the better-bring it on.... Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Great race finish on track. In full: Well organised great to start and finish on an excellent track.Good value nice t-shirt also enjoyed running through stanney woods.People seemed very friendly. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Great venue, I enjoyed it!! In full: Marshalls were excellent, scenery was great, I liked the course too, bit of variation. The start was hopeless - this was my first ever race and I was really disappointed with the start, huge bottleneck and took approx 2K to get going. And there were 15 toilets. Not nearly enough. Saying that overall I really enjoyed the day!! Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: OK if you like cross country! In full: My 1st 10K and first true cross country experience. Some parts were on proper paths which was good but the most part was tracks and grass, good for the knees but not good for the ankles! Not enough loos at the start and the start was a bit of a bottleneck as it narrowed quite quickly. Course was surprisingly 'undulating' for flat Norfolk a few slopes that were not too pleasant. Could have been more 'lethal' if it had been wetter under foot. Nice touch with the string quartet playing by the house. Seemed pretty good for the spectators too. Disappointed though that there was no goodie bag like you get in race for life. A tracker bar and a car sticker didn't really cut. Medal was same as race for life, a reasonable memento...could have been twice as big as it was twice as far though! Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Fourth time I've run this race - looking forward to the fifth next year! In full: I heard that there are concerns that the organisers believe the race has got too big for Portsmouth to handle and that next years race might shift location. That would be a great shame. Keep the race in Pompey. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Wonderful experience In full: First time running this race, husband ran it last year and raved. Warm day, excellent marshalls, sports drink/water at end. Great finishing shirt. Did a PB and thrilled. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Nice scenic route with some nasty hills. Surpisingly good number of supporters out in the sticks. In full: Almost ideal conditions made running round roads I've known since a child very enjoyable depsite the 'challenging' hills. Organisation pretty good but please lose the funfair!It made the start/finish very congested and so noisy you couldn't easily hold a conversation - and nobody was using it anyway! Goody bag was a bit naff.Toothpaste? Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: I really did not feel like running this at the start,but after about 6 miles hills over enjoyed it immensely aprart from the guy who kept singing OVER and Over "Show me the way to Amarillo"...mind you made me run faster just to get away from him !!.. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: The final hill.... In full: Well organised, good facilities (except loos!) for spectators, distance markers help. Make your confessions before the last 2K when the hills from hell will punish you. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Superb scenery, a little hilly in places (nothing major, but there are several gentle(ish) inclines). In full: The start and finishing point and the facilities, medal collection and goody-bag area, were all crammed quite closely together and could have done with being spread out a bit more. The water stops en route were great (from memory, they were every 3 miles). Lastly, the runaway horse/pony incident raised a smile (anyone who was roughly at the 3-4 mile point 20 minutes into the race will know what I'm on about!) Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: This was my second race and the hills made it very challenging. Had to walk some of the last hill, but still managed a PB - so not a disaster. Will definately race next year and run the last hill - even if it kills me !!! In full: As a whole the race was well organised. However, i agree with other comments regarding the 5k marker and Water Point. The water point was very far back and stationed right by the muddiest part of the woodland area. So muddy in fact that i temporarily lost my Right running shoe. Also find that Cups were half filled and by the time you grab one without trying to stop completely you are only left with a 1/4 of a cup !! Also think that Medal was very cheap looking - goody bag was good though.
Those points aside, the scenery was magnificent and everyone that i came across was very friendly. One gentlemen even shared his water with me at the finish line.
In short: Undulating? The liars! In full: Great scenery, but let down by the organisation. Not impressed with water station at 5km, had to wait for water to be poured! It would have helped if there had been distance markers over the last km given the size of the hill and the fact you could not see the finish line. Also it would've been nice if there hadn't of been such a long queue and wait to get your 'raffle ticket' for your final position, then check in, then get some water and sit down, it would have been better to get some water sooner. I nearly collapsed and set of a domino effect in the queue! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: VERY HAPPY In full: First time at this event, and I can not wait till next year. Well worth the 3 and half hour coach journey from Liverpool. Can not fault it in anyway. The T Shirt is the best! That stadium is just fantastic. See you next year. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great race, great place. Some find the final loop disheartening - if you can get past the finish before the first runner is home it's a challenge to see how far you can get before he does! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: As my first 10k race I could not quite manage the hills, but I have a great sense of achievement! In full: My ankles are now killing me, due to twisting all the way through the woods on the mud and wet grass (being near the back I expect it got a bit churned up by the time I got there!) However, I still beat my personal time target despite the massive hills, so although I can't now move, I am really really chuffed I did it! Date of review: October 17, 2005