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
In short: My 1st race so nothing to compare with, but no hills was very encouraging. In full: Well worth doing, well organised and I expected trouble getting out of the Car Park but it may have taken 45 minutes but these things happen with so many runners. I thought it was well organised and well supported on a damp day, roll on 2009. Date of review: October 28, 2008
In short: Loved it In full: I really enjoyed the race, despite the weather. I was really pleased as I achieved my target time and in general the wave system seemed to work better than many races. I started in Orange C and didn't get too badly held up. Having said that there were still many over ambitious runners in the Orange wave and quite a few white wave runners appearing in the starting line up. The only other issue I had, was if people are being constantly overtaken, or walking, please move to the side of the road - or don't tut when people plough into you or barge past you! It may be a 'fun run' to some people, but to many it is a serious PB hunting ground.
That said I will absolutely do it again! Date of review: October 28, 2008
In short: Great first 'Big' race, shame about the weather In full: This was my first 'Big' race (previous max was a 10k) and it was truely Great. The route was varied from the coast, through the dock area and out into the town and back, with some really good support along the way. The start was, given the number of people, surprisingly good and smooth, even though I was near the back of the last wave to go. There was enough water stations, if not enough people manning them at times. All in all, my only negative from this race was the lack of signs at the finish telling you where things were, I managed to wander aimlessly around for about 5 minutes after collecting my goody bag looking for the charity tent area. But by then, nothing could dampen my spirits and I will be back! Date of review: October 28, 2008