In short: Pompey is my second home! In full: After spending 3 years at uni in Portsmouth I finally got round to entering the South run last year 5 years after leaving! After a 1hr 33min run last year my aim was to remember the course and beat that, 2 days in bed with the flu and my chances of even making the start line looked slim. With the aim of just making it round my hopes of a good time weren't high. After latching onto the 1hr 45min pace setter I was surprised when not only did she overtake the 1hr 40m pace setter but then 7 miles in strolled past the 1hr 35m one to drag me home in 1hr 30m absolutely overjoyed. After running the Great North run as well this year my preference out of the 2 is definately Portsmouth, but I could be biased!
The free Bupa sports massage at the end was something I missed last time and was a great find. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: A highly enjoyable race and course but........ In full: as mentioned by other runners spent the first 2 miles dodging in out of slower runners/walkers who had quite clearly not been allocated to the correct starting wave. That said, it is probably to be expected for such a large event with so many places allocated to charities. The last couple of miles was a killer into the wind. Support was brilliant all of the way around the course and quick entry/exity to the baggage area was great. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: A Great Race with a Great Atmosphere In full: Getting out of the car park was horrendous! I do love this race though. The sun was shining which allowed many more supporters to come out and support than the previous year. The wind along the last two miles is always an unpleasant factor to this race. The crowds are great at certain points along the route. It would be nice to get more for your money though. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Good race nicely organised In full: This is my third time for the Great South and I love it. Good atomsphere from runners and crowds. Even had the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end this year while running around.
I have entered for 2010 but definitely expensive at £36. If this goes any higher I will have to rethink on whether to enter which would be a shame. Mind you they were saying next year is the 21st year so perhaps we will get something really good in the goody bag!
Come on Brendan, stop seeing this as a cash cow and do it for the runners.
In short: You don't quite get what you pay for, but I do still love it... In full: Glad that I opted to travel by train, but the train was pretty crowded, so if there's any way of ensuring that some extra trains are provided to convert the local drivers...?
Not sure the waves were brilliantly well organised, as Orange Wave A just seemed to be 'good club runners' without no indication of timings. I keep on hoping race organisers will read these reviews and put up pace boards, but I don't think they will. We will all have to keep on guessing!
Finish area seemed to work well and water stations were efficient. Sensible to provide a shower during the race as it was surprisingly warm for the end of October.
Pretty good goody bag - medal, t-shirt, energy drink, water, snack bar, etc. Still a bit confused about why herbal lozenges and fisherman's friends are targetting runners as a potential market, but it's no stranger than yet another jar of cranberry sauce, I suppose.
No, it's not great value for money, but those races are the club races which I adore. You do this race because it's fun and slick.
They could probably use some of my £36 to get a few more portaloos, though... Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Great race abd atmosphere, would do it again but for one thing - the car parking! 2.5 hours sitting in the car to get out of the car park, while the morons in charge did nothing completely spoiled the day. In full: Really well organised, great atmosphere, friendly people and for once good weather. What more could one ask - well one thing actually. The ability to go home. It took over 2.5 hours just to get out of the car park because nobody organised it or did anything about it. I really want to do it again next year but I doubt if I will because sitting in the car, stiff and tired and hungry, with a long journey to make, for over two hours just completely spoils the day. And it is unnecessary, just some forethought and organisation and a steady but slow stream of cars could be released westwards within an hour of the start. then thins wouldn't gum up and fights wouldn't break out. What a shame - it spoiled the day. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In full: Great support. A big thankyou to the people of Portsmouth. The wave starts needed bigger intevals given the size of the field. I was placed in white wave c with a predicted time of 1h12mins. Spent the entire race dodging between much slower runners ahead of me; some of whom were walking after 1 mile! A good event but should have been excellent. Date of review: October 26, 2009