In short: Another terrific Great South, In full: Great atmpsphere, good organisation for a large race (20,000 runners), lovely sunny day though a bit breezy along the esplanade. It was telvised live on channel 5 - looking forward to watching the recording. Highly recommended. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: Good atmosphere - Starting waves were a joke and race too big! In full: Brilliant weather this year and great scenery and crowds. I was in the green wave and thought this was wrong - spent the whole race weaving in and out and overtaking walkers!! Getting a decent time was out of the question! Excellent for Help the Heroes to pull a land rover but didn't think they should have been in the middle of the wave blocking the course and shouting at everyone to get out the way - there were lots of other important charities being represented and lots of people running in memory of others. Just read that it's £36 next year - prob won't be doing it if is because there are lots of other good races in the area and ones that only have runners and you don't have the issue of overtaking walkers. If you like smaller races then steer clear of this one - brilliant for charity running. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: More wind in more places but at least the sun came out In full: Was it just me or was it more windy throughout town this year than usual?
I love this race! It's super, super fast. Very well supported by the excellent Portsmouth crowds and has plenty of music etc along the way to keep you motivated! Loved the VERY LOUD speaker system blasting out during the (always) windy last 2 miles!
Nice to see that the organisers put the celebs BEHIND the Orange wave a for the first time meaning that the quicker runners could get into their stride from the off.
Parking is fine on the common if you are going to finish sub 70 mins - if not park out of town a little. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: OK race, but nothing special In full: First time at this race, and the organisation was as good as expected. The route was fine with very minimal inclines, but sadly the last couple of miles full into the wind put paid to any chance of a PB. On a calm day it would definitely have been on. After the race we sampling the Bupa hospitality then wandered along to the aquarium and pottered around there for some time on the assumption that by the time we came out the car parks would be reasonably clear. WRONG! They were chaos, and it took substantially longer to get out of there than it did to actually run the race. But I'm not blaming the organisers for this - they're constrained by the fact there aren't many exits and the fact that there were still roads closed. No, the chaos was caused by selfish inconsiderate drivers who rather than queuing with everybody else insisted on creating their own lines and queues and taking any shortcut they could find that might save them one car length. It completely ruins any traffic plans that the organisers may have had, and creates even more frustration for the other drivers.
Anyway, I can now say I've done the Great South Run, and next year I'll go back to the Cabbage Patch 10 which is all around a much better event. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: Good race but just too expensive - and even more next year! In full: I travelled by train which went very smoothly. I was in Orange wave A which gave me a fairly clear run. This is my 4th GSR but I'm not sure if I will do next year. £36 is a lot for what you get. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: Windy but exceptionally uplifting In full: This was my first official 10 mile race and I loved it all. Even if my time needs certainly some improvements, I enjoyed the whole thing. I didn't know that we were going by the HMS Victory, a real surprise! And with Spinnaker tower and the wonderful Southsea beach, well... it was more of a sightseeing day. And the music along the way... and the people so warmly cheering us up! Really, just fantastic, it kept me going and will definitely do it again. But next year I'll catch a train: the real challenge of this race is not the running bit, it is getting out of the car park!!! Date of review: October 25, 2009