In short: Fantastic race made better by supportive local people and marshalls. In full: Haven't done the GSR since 2005 (it was sunny that year!) but definitely worth getting up early and travelling for. Everyone really friendly and excellent organisation. Bit of congestion in some places on the course but to be expected with such a popular race. Have already put next year's in the diary. Thank you Great Run! Date of review: November 4, 2008
In short: One for the calendar ...! In full: Great race and excellent organisation. Surely, one year they will have good weather?! Thank you to all concerned especially the spectators! Date of review: November 4, 2008
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