In short: Cold, wet and windy but worth it! In full: Positives: Great atmosphere, fantastic support, good route (nice and flat), seaside start and finish, lots of celebs and elite runners.
Negatives: Weather, too many runners (way too congested meaning a PB was out of the question), suggested parking in city centre was a good 2 mile walk away, suggested arrival time in Portsmouth was 2 hours before the race started so we got very cold waiting.
Overall, a great day though. Date of review: November 4, 2008
In short: Great run; crap weather In full: My first GSR but will definitely do again. Lots of people there but did not feel restricted once we were off. Support was excellent and the organisation was spot on. Special mention for the car park on the Common - we were out and on our way within 10 mins which is pretty good considering the numbers. The course is very flat (hardly a hill - not one of these 'flat' courses which mean the regular runners sprint up the hills and the rest of us suffer) and therefore good for beginners. The weather was poor, though - cold, rainy and blowy on the front. No problem once one starts going but definitely worth having a binbag or equivalent at the start to keep warm. Recommended for a beginner runner as a bit less severe than a full half. Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Absolutely brilliant. A must do! In full: Thoroughly enjoyable race with great support and organisation. Great for beginners and veterans alike, some debate about the mixed ability pens at the start but it seemed to work well with plenty of passing space. Definitely will be back next year for a PB. Date of review: November 1, 2008
In short: Rain again but a great run indeed! In full: Third year in a row and third year I got wet! At least this time the wind off the sea was not as strong as last year, the poor seagulls had trouble staying put!! That said, it is a great run and still not too crowded unlike the Great North. Additional benefit of staying in the same hotel as Paula et al! Date of review: November 1, 2008
In short: A fantastic mass participation event In full: A little confusing at the start as "waves" weren't clearly signed. But excellent on-course support and well marshalled overcame the early blip. Text of time after race was a nice touch. Would recommend. Date of review: October 31, 2008