In short: Flat, Great atmosphere, and good value race with definate PB potential In full: Well worth the trip down. A good atmosphere, plenty of encouragement from marshalls and spectators alike, and a band playing at 10miles. Definately PB potential being pancake flat for the most, although open to strong winds and the "sheep dip" feature on the airfield, navigated twice, but to be fair the weather was terrible the day before!! Course is a little twisty in places and 1 section run twice, but is a nice touch seeing quicker runners coming the other way early on and slower runners later. A chance to high5 any clubmates you might see. Goody bag was well stocked with food goodies, and my favourite "the medal". My only real gripe would be a race this size would benefit from chip timing, so everyone can have their real race time, rather than just the few dozen who get to stand on the startline. Overall a well done to the organisers. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Cracking Day In full: Great organisation, fantastic support from the marshalls and helpers (Really encouraged people to keep going and what a great job already achieved), as well as knocking 10 mins off my PB a great race. Only issue was the silly council parking machines that didn't work! Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: A well organised flat pure speed HM In full: Huge improvements on the start and finsh positions from last year and I enjoyed the run along the sea front promenade. Marshalls were excellent and really encouraging to all. I thought HellRunner was being further north when I had to run through that "lake" in the airfield not just once but twice. My feet were like ice afterwards. Perfect course and conditions for getting a PB which I achieved so all in all a happy runner. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In full: My first half marathon. It was good a flat. Could have done without the downpour and the huge puddle to run through, twice! Only bad thing was the lack of marshalls in some parts of the course. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Well organised and flat In full: Well organised, easy parking nice goody bag and also got lucky with the weather. The organisers can't be blamed for the lake on the airfield - boy was that water cold! Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Briliant, great value & well organised event In full: Race organisers (Gosport Road Runners), did a fantastic job & should be very proud of themselves....especially with the very generous goody bag.
In short: Smashing day out! In full: Thanks marshalls, you were excellent and very welcoming. Great goodie bag and the cake was just what I needed. The route is a good combination of urban, scenic sea front and military bases - probably unique in that respect. :) Yet again the weather was great on the whole, apart from the savage downpour 7 miles in which only made me go faster so I'm not complaining. Good support along the promenade and well-attended at the finish line. One of my favourite races. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: V. well organised. Fast course (despite the flooding & weather). Well worth a trip! In full: Many thanks to Dave Little and his team who have laid-on a very slick race (despite challenging weather). Good course - really well marshalled & efficient race HQ facilities.
My minor suggestions to fine-tune the event are: 1) Publish a regularly updated entry / start list on the web, 2) Introduce chip timing, 3) Improve the communication at the start as the PA system could not be heard at the front of the field 4) Make the on-line course map a little easier to decipher and 4)Hold the prize giving sooner.
Overall a friendly and well executed race with a quality field. Keep-up the good work. Many thanks - shame I missed my target time by 58 secsonds!
In short: Flat and fast and a well organised race In full: I really enjoyed the race. Nice and flat with a good stretch along the seafront. Couldnt have asked for better weather considering the gales we had the day before! Marshalls were fantastic and the whole race was well organised. The best bit was the massive 'packed lunch' we got at the end (lovely piece of cake by the way). Only my second half marathon, got a PB and will be back next year. Can we have chip timing? Due to the numbers, it took me 15 seconds to cross the start line apparently! Date of review: November 16, 2009