In short: It's hard, it's muddy, it's hilly - but what did you expect? In full: A great annual event from Portsmouth Joggers. It's a tough race, probably made tougher by the course change to include a long climb at 17 miles which found quite a few runners out. Weather conditions were pretty poor, and it was muddier than expected after a dry winter, with treacherous stretches in places. Marshalls and organisers were superb as ever, though the waymarking has been criticised and needs checking in future. The Sustainability Centre was a good venue for the start, but suffers from a lack of toilets for such a large field. Tea & soup ladies did a wonderful job warming everyone up afterwards. It's not a beginners race, but novice runners off-road are welcomed and encouraged all the way round, so don't be put off! Date of review: February 18, 2006
In short: Mud, puddles and hills In full: Even though I did it last year, I forgot how tough and seemingly never ending the mud was, but then having got through that forgot the length of the hill at the end Date of review: February 17, 2006
In short: Hilly as hell, but it was a most perfect race In full: I went to Brands Hatch, Knowing that i had to run Wokingham half the very next day, I first of all had to feed Phillip and give his medication, i then had to change him according to the weather, and put his wheelchair together, by this time, as with every race we take part in i'm exhausted at this point, and i've not run yet
So,i've now got to get myself changed, and ready, pyshically and mentally, i now get to run my beloved half marathon, only i'm pushing a Disabled person in his wheelchair, Hill's !! do you seriously think i worry about that, i just get on and do it
I loved it all, i would really really be curious to know if we had'nt got a race the following day, what we could have beaten that 2.26 by !!
i actually thought it was rather funny, Meaning, one, if you can run this you can run almost anything, and secondly, i knew it would sort the men from the boys
But i then, no matter how tired i was, bad run or no, had to change phillip again, and dismantle wheelchair It was a brilliantly organised race
it was a perfect day out !!
Thank you all
Mick of ( Mick n phil ) Date of review: February 17, 2006
In short: Misleading advertising In full: The start for the 5k was not well signposted and with 10 minutes before the start there was only one organiser at the start position. When we had previously asked a steward for directions to the start, we were vaguely pointed in the direction of the top of the hill -totally in the wrong direction. The map that was issued for the half marathon showed the car racing circuit and did not show the route the race would take. As the race progressed it became obvious that not all of the race was going to be on the track as we headed up a nice steep hill that was surfaced with pebbles, dirt and broken tarmac. Apparently this is where the Rally goes! Water came in flexible plastic cups - one of my pet hates - and I don't know anyone who can successfully drink from them while running. On the good side, the car parking facilities were good and plentiful, the restaurant was surprisingly inexpensive and the toilet facilities were not portacabins. Date of review: February 17, 2006
In short: nice run - but i train there so i would say that In full: I too felt it was a little short of 10k but hey it's for charity and not a pb course, shame about the uphill finish ! Date of review: February 17, 2006
In short: Brilliant fun - even through the mud! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this even though ended up doing an extra couple of miles due to marker being moved. Very helpful and friendly marshalls. Definitely do it again! Date of review: February 17, 2006