In short: No hills, but plenty of wind. In full: Interesting mix of terrain. Was icey for the first half. The challenge of the wind more than made up for the lack of hills. I used the race to experiment with pacing. Avoided the wall completely and made the last mile my fastest even into a headwind. Great day out. Date of review: December 18, 2011
In short: Great course and friendly race. In full: Loved the course with a mix of terrains and on a day with less wind/rain could probably get a pb. Great support from marshalls and plenty of them along the course. 5 mile marker seemed a bit early but that aside, very well organised. Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: It could be really fast on a calm sunny day with maybe only half as much mud... In full: Very well organised. The use of the Pyramid centre is definitely a big improvement, especially given the weather conditions.
No idea how I managed to miss the soup...
My fellow passengers on the train home would have benefited from me having a shower after the race, but at a ratio of 1 shower for 773 runners I decided that the rain was wet enough. Date of review: February 15, 2011
In short: Great route in the right weather! In full: The organisation and general good will of the organisers and of the locals is great for this run. The scenic trip along the Southsea sea front would be lovely except... it was very windy, the rain horrendous, and every step on the way along the seafront was a real effort! It was an uplifting finish, but I'd have preferred to do it in better weather. Date of review: February 15, 2011