In short: Good fum in muddy conditions In full: My first Marathon so was not sure what to expect. Nice route made interesting with all of the mud and shingle beaches. Glad I asked around at the start and ran in hybrid shoes. Atmosphere at drinks stations was much appreciated. Thanks to all involved in organising Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Flat, but don't let that fool you. In full: Other than the last 2 miles along the seafront I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much of the race is in paths which is interesting in itself but after a week of rain was a complete mud bath. Marshals and organisers were great. Not sure about the moans on water stations, they were well stocked with water, gels, jelly babies and the odd Xmas tipple! If fast road marathons and Pb's are your thing then this isn't for you, if you like a tough, fun challenge setting you up for Xmas then this is perfect! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: thank God it stayed dry ! In full: A decent event which was well organised but the bag drop was not great, it should have been marshalled I think. My bag was dirty/muddy when I collected it-caused by other runners I presume who had not removed their muddy boots. Never had rum or brandy before during a race so that was different. I thought the first drinks stop was too far from the start/finish area and was poorly organised on the outward loop. Personally, I thought the field was too big for the nature of the route but there you go. The conditions were terrible underfoot and was sorry to see several runners go over-not nice. To me, this race served a purpose but I much prefer road marathons and how people say this is a PB course I just dont get. Well done to all involved, and hopefully a nice sum was raised for a worthy cause. PS the hot shower was brilliant !! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Bit wet underfoot In full: 2nd year running this one, less windy than last year (and warmer too). Muddy in places and slippery underfoot - saw a few people go flying - definitely a race for shoes with plenty of grip.
Always impressive seeing the lead runners on the way back when you are still miles from the turnaround. Respect to the Gingerbread man too - bet that was tough going when the the wind got up.
Aid stations well placed and well stocked, enjoyed the mulled wine - I am blaming that for slowing down so much on the return leg.
Clif bar and socks were a nice find in the goody back - thanks to marshals and organisers. Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Flat, fast, fun and floods (well muddy puddles!) In full: Thank you marshalls! Great race. Weather was kind apart from head wind in the last 2 miles . I could not get water at the first water station as the had seemed to run out of cups - organisation issue; but that was the only hic up. Friendly marshalls and fellow runners. Great fun! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Amazing, despite conditions! In full: Course was really tough this year as it was a mud bath (which I slipped in at 17mi and grazed my knee), but luckily the rain stayed away for the duration of the race! Lost my water bottle at 13mi so had to rely on the water stations which were fantastic! Managed to run the whole way which is a first, although think this is more to do with my fitness improving than the course! Would definitely do this again. Lovely to have a local race that you can train on the course. Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Great friendly race, pity weather made course so muddy in 2012 In full: Great race; friendly runners, well organised, brilliant water stations. Very muddy and windy in 2012; had been perfect in 2011. Always next year! Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Mud Glorious Mud In full: Well organised, good facilities and support. Was very muddy. Not surprising with the amount of rain we've had recently! Quite a lot of narrow paths where you can't pass. Better goody bag at Luton, similar entry fee. Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Well chosen route. In full: Pro: Route flat, but still memorable both with the skyline of Portsmouth as you run to Hayling Island and the mix of terrain - road, pavement, shingle, gravel and grass ...with a nice breeze, mud and puddles. December 23rd is a great day for a marathon, nice start to Christmas break from work. The organisers were helpful and friendly, as were the majority of marshals. Parking was easy - on street free parking 10mins walk. Socks and Clif bar in goody-bag.
Cons: No 'proper' changing facilities; that is where you could completely undress to put on your running gear - if you have to drive for 2hours I do not want to have to wear compression shorts etc whilst so doing. The baggage storage was a farce, a corner of a room - stepping in/out/over the baggage was more dangerous than the running! Inadequate toilet facilities. Date of review: December 23, 2012