In short: I'll be back for the fifth time next ! In full: I really enjoyed the Great South Run.It is my favourite run of the year the course is fast and flat. .The organization was great-despite - me being allocated a starting place in the Orange Zone A (not the Green Zone A).I used common sense and queried my allocation and was told to start in a more appropriate zone-which I did! The weather was poor for the third year in a row. However, I still managed to meet my target-for which I was really pleased. Keep up the good work organisers!
In short: a quick course for all levels of runners In full: The course is flat and fast. It was well organised but should be for the price. My only moan was how slower runners were allocated to Orange A and B, some were jogging slowly and even walking after 2 miles and were clearly never going to be sub 90 minutes. It was good to see Paula win (well hearing that she had won). Overall an excellent event. Date of review: October 29, 2008
In short: My first 10miler and worth every step In full: Setting a pb of 1:46 was fantastic as I wasn't expecting it. The atmosphere in the sports centre was welcoming. Only real complaint was that i couldn't get a decent breakfast anywhere. We were lead to believe that food would be available at the sports centre but all they had was sausage or bacon rolls and very little else. That was the only low point for me. It was great to be able to have a shower and a swim afterwards. I really enjoyed it and hope to get a place next year. Date of review: October 29, 2008
In short: Great race despite madness in the method of start zone allocation In full: The way the numbers were allocated within the sub sections of the starts was madness. I emailed the organisrs who confirmed that Orange wave is up to 90 minute runners, and that these runners were then randomly allocated A, B or C. Its complete madness, so a 65 minute runner who was placed in group C would have perhaps three thousand people to overtake! Luckily it was not strictly policed so people could apply the common sense that the Great Run people were lacking and start in the appropriate place. Apart from this and some peoples results going missing it is a well organised race. Brilliant atmosphere, great to have the bands and enthusiastic spectators despite the rain and wind. Huge PB potential - which could be even greater if this race gets good weather. Date of review: October 29, 2008
In short: Weather and cost downers but still fun. In full: The organisers really need to sort the weather out is that too much to ask? ,-) Again an excellent race. I was worried the new wave system would mess everything up but I got close enough to the front before messing up my race! A PB nearly certain here. It is expensive bit well organised. If you don´t run many big races it is worth while as there is a good atmosphere and the pompey locals are good supporters. Date of review: October 29, 2008
In short: Fifth time of running and as good as always In full: Great race my fav of the year ! even if it always rains and the wind is never behind us runners.
I agree that the wave system was a bit odd - I don't recall putting down a time but was suprised to find myself in orange A - as I only manage about 77mins I thought this was to far up the field so started at the back of my wave - still found myself darting through people for the first mile so feel very sorry for faster guys than me in waves further back Date of review: October 28, 2008
In short: My first big race In full: This was my second only race ever, first being a 5k back in June. Seemed very well organised and with some lovely supporters who obviously didn't mind the weather. Apart from a short period of rain the weather was ok as not too much wind. I noticed an awful lot of runners overtaking me and I gave an over estimation of my time (more than 2 hours) and was at the back of white wave C but given green wave A (couldn't get through to the green wave as made it to the baggage area late).Apart from all that was simply glad I made it to the end quite frankly! Date of review: October 28, 2008
In short: A great 10 Mile race In full: The weather aside, this race was organised perfectly (as you would expect from the great run organisers). However, it would have been nice to have more bands around the course as well as for them to keep playing for the people all the way at the back coming in after 2 hours. Excellent goody bog. Lovely medal. Lovely t-shirt. I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: October 28, 2008