In short: Dockyard Dash In full: First time for this event for me but I'm already signed up for next year. Just getting back to fitness after 3 months of back problems I was realistic with which wave to be in, but was surprised to find myself passing lots of early-wavers within a mile. Are some people hopelessly optimistic or am I one of the few honest people? Wind wasn't really a problem, but then I live on the coast so its always windy. The crowd were special, cheering all the way round, the charity cheerleaders were great, and the bands [especially the drummers] terrific. Everyone friendly - I'll be back! Date of review: October 27, 2009
In short: A very special race in a special city In full: While I look forward to my first London marathon next year, so far this race is second to none (Abingdon marathon good to). The organisation is quite supurb, tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters line the course, while yet more tens of thousands are raised for worthy causes. Being at the event with the best group of club mates you will find was just the icing on the cake. Thanks to the good people of Pompy, EVERYONE involved in the organising of the event. & the best club in the world, Isle of Wight Road Runners. Date of review: October 27, 2009
In short: Atmosphere In full: This is the 3rd year on the trot that I have run this race and the first time it has not rained, and I loved the whole experience I found the atmosphere electric out on the course – The bands and the crowds were buzzing. The charity runners got amazing cheers from the charity cheerleaders. Went to some of the pre-race training sessions run by “race ready” and Alexander Sports and had been given a pass to the Nike recovery cube – a nice way to recover! Loved the PowerAde, hated the parking but I know what I am going to do next year
In short: First great south, well organised mass run;I have already entered next year. In full: Very well organised run ,brought Portsmouth to a halt but we are worth it.lol. Crowds not quite London Marathon standard but made it a special run. Would recommend to runners of all abilities. Date of review: October 27, 2009
In full: I thought the organisation was very good for such a mass participation event. A lot of the criticisms in the RW feedback arise from individuals being selfish - parking inconsiderately, not starting in their correct wave etc - and the sheer logistics of managing 20,000+ people in a city centre location obviously asks for patience on everyone's part. I made a weekend of it, travelling down from Bristol and staying overnight. After the race I was able to return to my hotel, shower and change, take in an excellent 3 course French meal at the Kitsch N D'Or before enjoying a stroll around the historic docks. By the time I left for home the traffic was moving freely out of town. As for the race itself, I must say I found the sea breeze welcoming in the heat, as I suffered in the unseasonably high temperature, and the last 2 miles along the front were the high point of my race. Disappointed to miss my target time of 85 mins by over 3 minutes, but I enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere and support along the course. A reasonable goody bag as reward, and a slick exit (on foot) from the course. This event must cost a small fortune to put on, so I don't begrudge the entry fee. Well done, Portsmouth City Council. Date of review: October 27, 2009
In short: Big race with big race feel In full: My 13th GSR and I never tire of running around Portsmouth - I'll be back next year.
I learnt from last year that parking on Southsea Common is farcical, so for the first time I parked on a road closeby and 'paid and displayed' which was only slightly more expensive than parking on the Common - but without the huge delays getting out.
Not sure what happened to the 'wave' system, as the was no delay between 'A,B & C's' - which was strange as it advertised as such and ultimatley was needed to stretch the field out to avoid bunching and allow an easier passage for faster runners to get by those who were classifed in the wrong wave.
In short: Sunny for once, but you'd think they'd sort the parking... In full: This remains a great fast race. A pancake flat course, we had sunshine this year which brought out the crowds - great stuff.
The big wind coming off the coast is always a challenge for the tired legs, but is less of a problem in dry weather.
If this is the 20th GSR however, why make hundreds of cars leave through just one exit? Worse, why allow cars to start using other exits, only to later mysteriously decide to close them, with runners still anxious to leave? Yes, perhaps I should take the train next time - but I think the parking attendants could do better... (no criticism of the enthusiastic race marshals though)! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: If you ignore the wind, it's a great race! In full: I was on for a PB but unfortunately the wind in the last 2 miles completely sapped me! Overall it was a good race with lovely conditions (apart from the wind!) and great support. From reading everyone else's comments, I think I was the only person who moved myself back a couple of waves at the start to try and be more realistic. Still we're all champions to finish and well done to everyone who made it to the finish line! Date of review: October 26, 2009