In short: Very flat, great spectator support & well marshelled on the route In full: Second time I have done this one and I will definitely do it again! The course has interesting scenery and goes quite quick. I thought it was very well organised on route and plenty of water stations. Some minor chaos at the end compared to last year that seemed to go smmoother, but it certainly wouldn't put me off doing in future. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good not 'Great' In full: I had high expectations but you shouldn't always believe the hype. The organisation was very good, but let down by the traffic jam for the first 2 miles. Whilst the course is a good one for a PB the sheer number of people in the wave meant that I couldn't manage more than 10 min miles for the first two miles (I was aiming for 8. There are also a number of bottle-necks which made it worse. I think it would greatly benefit from the waves being divided into expected finish times. People with boards have done this at much smaller races and it makes the world of difference. That said, I beat my target time, but still felt it could have been quicker. Nice medal, full goody bag and no problems getting away at the end. Still undecided about next year though. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great marathon training In full: Must be doing something right, ran 15 minutes faster than the previous 16-miler in March. Well-organised, great scerny for half the way and plenty of room. Only small gripe is finishers gift of a mug rather than a medal. Still, it will come in useful for my builders this week and keep them off the good china! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised event. Fantastic that it was traffic free. Excellent PB material. In full: Very well organised and busy event. Loved finishing in the stadium. Would have been excellent to have had some music playing in the stadium. Very impressed with marshalling and all those involved as well as traffic free. Lovely weather and excellent race to get a PB which I did manage to achieve. Would recommend this to folk who like running on roads and prefer a low undulating course. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised. Great atmosphere. Ran the whole way with a smile on my face. In full: Very well organised start in 3 waves (maybe the Gt North Run could take note of this) meant not too much crowding. Nice historic city. Great goody bag, T-shirt and medal. Would definitely do this one again. Thanks Portsmouth - Great City. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Average In full: Better signposting is needed, at every turn I had to stop and ask the marshalls which way to go! The parts around the park, harbour and castle were pretty, I noticed some of the faster runners had to weave around pedestrians through the park as walk ways were still open. Medal was dissapointing as it has no ribbon and doesn't fit in the box properly. Could be a good marathon but improvement needed. Would reccomend Loch Ness instead. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good fun - 3 wave start works well especially for beginners In full: Very well organised. Loos not a problem if you weren't in the elite wave. Enjoyed the cold shower at 6.5m. Lots of water at the two stations. Thanks to Cystic Fibrosis for their hospitality. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: good run In full: i dont know what everyone is moaning about. The announcer clearly stated where the start finish was and the electronic ring of the timing loop clearly let you know where it started and finished.
Wonderful views of liverpool waterfront and a number of sites along the route. (runner 307 was very nice).
The people who complain about the goodie bags and t-shirts and organisation should actually try and arrange a race themselves.
In short: Very good (getting better each year) 10 mile race, In full: Kids runs on Saturday very well organised, DL 1 mile challenge excellent event also - good warm-up for the Sunday race. Sunday went well, no real problems (not enough loo's as ever). Nice day, great shirt and medal. Date of review: October 10, 2005