In short: Great capital city marathon the fastest course out of London, belfast, Edinburgh, Isle of Man In full: Cardiff was the last leg of the 5 British capitals for me,has anyone else done them in a year?Very fast course two laps but never dull, pure oxygen in a 5 mile stretch of parkland.The stadium inspires.You see it from differant directions and the last lap is a must. Well organised it will only get a lot bigger. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A nice, flat course through some interesting parts of Pompey. Great for first-timers. The start was a bit congested though. In full: I really enjoyed today's run - the glorious weather certainly helped! Travel arrangements appeared to be well organised, though having my parents living only a 10-minute stroll from the start was obviously a bit of a bonus for me!
I've only done the Great West Run before today's event, and I found the Great South much more pleasant and easier.
Being very flat, I was hoping for a slightly better time than I actually achieved (1h 21m), but I blame part of this on a very slow first couple of miles due to congestion.
Also, I agree that some of the mile markers were very difficult to spot.
Overall though, I loved it and will definately be back (faster?!) next year.
In short: Stanley is a pretty flat place.....not!!!! In full: That course was really hard I really hope Carlisle is flatter than that next week. If only I hadn't been out on the pop the night before I may have ran OK and not shown everyone Tony the tiger's secret formula at the end.
In comparison to Hexham to Ovingham 10 miler a few weeks back this was much friendlier and more enjoyable. A big thanks to the marshals in particular for keeping me going when I was really struggling uphill. Its races like this that makes taking part in races great even though I'm a very average runner who will never come close to winning anything. Got this one on my list to do again next year along with Thirsk 10 and Templeton 10. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Special race, one of a kind. In full: It's always going to be tough over 54 miles but I still enjoyed it. Thr traffic was a problem at times and Ditchling Beacon was a killer but overall it was great. I still have a warm glow a week later - or maybe that's the lactic still in my legs! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A bit pricey for a 10K In full: £15 and no Mars Bar or goodies, c'mon you can do better than that. The goodie bags were cast offs from the Liverpool half marathon. I think the inflatable gantry caught me out too, so im not impressed surely its common sense to place a large inaminate object at the finnish line so everyone knows where to stop. the race organisers stated on the radio that they would have a water station on the course, so how come the pub done this out of the goodness of their hearts and not the organisers. Apart from that i enjoyed myself and thought the T-shirt and medals were of good quality. Overall a good race that was well marshalled,room for improvement. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Echo all the preceding comments In full: Agree with the preceding comments - very well organised, flat course, Portsmouth an interesting place to see. Organisers only need to improve placing of mile markers. All in all, well done Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great family day out. In full: Brilliant 10k in a fantastic venue. Not really pricey when you consider that it includes entry to the park but a little unfair on the spectators so you are forced into turning into a whole day out rather than just doing the run.
Mildly undulating for the fist 5k and then downhill and flat all the way with just a little bump at 9k. PB achievable which I did. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Expensive - but would do it again because it's on the doorstep In full: Mile markers obscured by spectators - not their fault! They need to be fastened to street furniture well above head height. Missed mile 5 completely ... and I know the course! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Flat,Fast Fantastic...................... In full: My first Half Marathon, so nothing to copare it to,Enjoyed the run immensley,plenty of people all around the course,even at that early hour on a Sunday. Agree with the unsecure(secure baggage area). Also 3 people handing out medals to 5.5 thousand, from a large serving hatch?.But all in all a fantastic day that i will remember for a long time. And a special thanks to the people of Cardiff,for being so friendly.See you next year for the marathon. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Scenic flat course, race could do with better support and promotion. In full: Good race and course spoiled by poor atmosphere at the finish in the Millenium Stadium and a shambles over the prize giving lack of results. Most people, and they were the winners, had gone home. A pity because it was a nice course, although I agree that it is a bit difficult negotiating the half-marathoners on the narrower stretches, and the grass-crete was horrible the second tine round and not too nice the first! Baggage storage was difficult, not secure and diffcult to get to when you have tired legs at the end. Friendly runners taking part though. Someone said it was a warm day ...I was frozen, found the wind cold and did not warm up till 16.30 (I finished just after 12.30) after a large hot meal; maybe he/she ran faster or was out in the sun longer!
In short: Excellent race, bad loos In full: V.Nice course, yep going up the hill not much problem, to steep coming down. Would be nice to have a supervised baggage store. Although i didn't have a problem the loos, they were woefully inadequate. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Very well organised In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race which took you through some interesting bits of Portsmouth especially the Naval Dockyard. The weather was superb as were the other competitors I met. Achieved my own PB despite not having a good running day and if you can afford it I recommend you try this one out. Its worth inviting your friends / family along as well for the scenic views. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Superb race In full: This race was terrific. Organisation was superb and the route was suprisingly scenic. Obviosuly it benefited greatly from lovely sunshine, a run through the castle (though the stones should have been carpeted)and a finish in the stadium.
Like a previous reviewer, I think this race will grow and grow and soon will be hard to get into unless you are prepared to raise rediculous amounts of sponsorship, like most other capital city marathons. At the moment though, its top notch Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: great atmosphere running into the stadium. Bit confused about where to put chip and collecting the medal. But overall brilliant experience would do it again like a shot. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: pb but had to push up the hill.toilets were a problem ,i felt sorry for people that didn't arrive early.so few toilets for so many people.had a great day though and thanks to the man who handed in my wallet. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: a good firsttimer In full: A good firsttimers run, with a few gentle slopes but nothing to really worry any but the most out of condition runners. Facilities,(eg toilets and carparking quite good,and the marshalls on the course did a splendid job. Also nice to see the local boy scouts involved handing out drinks,and picking up the empty cups. Although several people did mention that on the runners world website a medal was mentioned but didn't materialise on the day. Date of review: October 9, 2005