In short: An excellent flat, fun, fast race - my favourite event after FLM In full: I've done four GSRs and this was my favourite, if not my fastest. Every year there is more to do and see, and Portsmouth is a fascinating place to spend a weekend, with more history per square mile than most cities.
The race itself gives families and friends the opportunity to see you at the beginning, middle and end without moving far, and it retains the perfect blend of the small race and the televised event.
It is expensive to enter, but for a great weekend with opportunities for everyone to run, be it the main race, the mile or the mini/junior events, it can't be faulted.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 27, 2005
In short: Mud Mud And some Deep Goo thrown in for good measure. In full: Bit crowded at the start. Could have done without the barriers to tiptoe round. Thought it was going to be one of those contrived races with nets and climbing walls, but was pleasantly surprised to find some lovely woodland tracks and some stiff sandy hills. Great fun, except for the sand dunes at the end-a bit extreme. Date of review: October 27, 2005
In short: Top fun! Hard work but worth for the smug sense of self-satisfaction at the end. In full: Tiring and hard work to pace yourself not having any distance markers. That aside, one of the most enjoyable races I've done all year and certainly harder than last year. Shame I can't find any pictures of the mud ... that bit was just nuts!! Date of review: October 27, 2005
In short: Excellent PB potential In full: Good turnout from the locals, lots of friendly runners and even though there were 15,000 runners, no bottlenecks. Very good.... nice medal. Not as good as last years tho'. GMI Date of review: October 27, 2005
In short: "Wasn't it fun, the day we spent, splashing about in the water?" In full: Awful weather...flooded route to contend with...more like a cross country than a road race...sounds like a disastrous day?...far from it!!
Yes, the heavens opened and yes, there was lots of splashing about to be done, but this just seemed to enhance the event if anything! What's all that about triumphing in adversity, well that's what the organisers did here! Splendidly organised and very well marshalled race, despite difficult conditions. Everyone is to be congratulated, from the boy scouts on the water stations to the 400+ competitors who braved the weather and enjoyed a good race. And a lovely towel as a memento of the day! This is one I'd definitely do again. Thanks Southport Waterloo A.C. and Natterjack. Date of review: October 27, 2005
In short: Lovely low-key but friendly race, challenging enough and very scenic in places - highly recommended. In full: Have done the 10K a few times, but first time I had been able to do the 10 miler, and was not disappointed. The course challenging enough (somewhere between undulating and hilly) but not too daunting for the less adventurous, also very scenic in places, especially between around 4 and 6 miles (which co-incides with getting the worst of the hills out of the way at around 4 ish). Chatted with some lovely friendly local ladies on the way round - in all a very pleasant morning out. Date of review: October 26, 2005
In short: Rubbish weather, good turnout, great organisation, thanks to all involved In full: Home town race around a very soggy Victoria Park, still enjoyed it tremendously Date of review: October 26, 2005
In short: Good,well-organised race over an enjoyably varied course. In full: A very enjoyable half marathon.Well organised with excellent marshalling,good facilities and support around the course.The problems with the start last year were resolved,although the new finish line needs to be more clearly marked.I really like the course-it's constant variations make it interesting!It also offered great value for money-useful tee-shirt and 12.5%discount (seemingly unlimited)at Sweatshop.Needless to say,some runners still complained that there was no meda (this is one area where race organisers can never please everyone!). Finally,it's a great time of year for a half marathon and an easy venue to get to. Date of review: October 26, 2005
In short: Hated the Hills Loved the Gravity - 3 mins of best time! In full: What a start, what a gradient! then down hill for a mile. easy first 4 then those damn hills. some one said to look out for the "Ridgeway" sign as that was the top of the hill. After 10 realised I'd miss it but still seemed to be climbing!!This race hurt in places I didn't know I had. It nearly left me stuck upstairs in my own home if you know what I mean, again gravity intervened and I had to go to work. A big "boo" for the start and the mobile phone thief. sadly will have to do this run next year due to foolish in-law challenge. Date of review: October 26, 2005
In short: A PB for me by 20 secs (1:16:20). Have always run good times here. Well marshalled. Good organisation. Good T-Shirt, much better than a medal. Weather was perfect. Showers/Changing good. Only gripe not enough loos. Will definatley be back. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Seven out of ten In full: Obviously the loo shortage is well docemented here and I suspect that since the organisers announced that they had been let down at the last minute, no fault can be pinned on them. Runners do themselves no favours however, I overheard a race official telling a few runners not to relieve themselves in the bushes of the school grounds.
PA malfunction at the start - race started gradually with no buld up.
T shirt is great - why do grown adults want a cheap medal? Are they going to wear it around the office and make us all look a bunch of tossers or what?
Good race, well marshalled. Can't someone tell the towns businesses to open up? My family couldn't even buy a cup of tea during the race.
Back in 2006 - and I drive from Swansea and back on race day. Date of review: October 25, 2005