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
In short: Brilliant for new runners.... In full: This was my first 10 mile race, the atmosphere was amazing. We got the train in so did not have to put up with the traffic congestion. Was in the green wave a lot of walkers but other than that - great fun and have already signed for next year. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: A great PB course for the 10 distance - BUT so expensive In full: I really enjoyed the run and the course. Luckily I won a place in the race otherwise I dont think I would have entered - £40 is very expensive.
The T SHirt and medal were really nice at the end.
The last 2 miles back along the sea front is very tough. If it had been raining instead of sunny I dont think I would have enjoyed it so much.
Parking and general access into Portsmouth on race morning are a nightmare - Arrive the day before and stay or come on a bike. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Well-organised, huge field, very enjoyable In full: Great day out, great course, great atmosphere - loved the loud music at mile 9.
Really lucky with the weather, and definitely appreciated the on course shower to cool us down.
Thought the baggae area was really well organised compared to other races
However, the waves weren't well managed at all - it was difficult to get into your estimated time, and many people were starting far too far forward. Only quibble though. Date of review: October 26, 2009