In short: A great, fast race with a lovely atmosphere In full: This was my first Great South Run and I was very impressed. It was a very fast course, with excellent support. Thanks for the all the music - pipers, drummers, steel bands and swing bands - along the way. I'll be back next year! Date of review: October 27, 2008
In short: I love this run! In full: A list of thanks: Thanks to Bupa - who know how to organise a mass event, thanks to the people of Prtsmouth who were great supporters all the way round the course in the rain, and to God for not blowing the wind down the esplanade this year!!!! This is the nicest 10 mile run ever!!!! Date of review: October 27, 2008
In short: Very fast course In full: I ran this instead of the Great North Run, and for me, this race is better, simply because getting in and out of Portsmouth is so much easier by train (not sure why so many people need to drive!). Very well organised, weather was good for running as rain kept people cool and there was no wind. "Goody" bag, was really a bag full of leaflets with a drink and T shirt thrown in, could have done with something edible in it.
Lots of support on course, nice to see bits of Portsmouth Ive never seen before. Course is flat, and made for a pb (wind permitting) ; will defintely be back next year. Date of review: October 27, 2008
In short: It was a fantastic course, although through a few rough areas!! In full: This is a definate one for anyone wanting to achieve a 10 mile PB. Everyone is very friendly, efficient and there were plenty of loos- I didn't even queue!!
Parking was a bit sketchy due to the location. I parked on the common for £3 which was good but took 2 1/2 hours to get out which was very annoying. Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Great support in the rainy south In full: Really enjoyed this. Weather appauling, but fellow runners great fun at the line up, support ace - despite the awful weather. Car park exit was very good from the race (much, much improved on last year). Cried like a baby as I got a good PB. Apologies to all those witnessing the pathetic blubbing - it comes off the back of a horrid half marathon/cold and desire to never run again. Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Well organised, flat run. Would be nice in September out of the rain. In full: Good run, and the 3 waves of runners were perfectly set off, making running so much easier for the faster runners. Nice medal and a good tshirt,(much better design than last years)! Weather was a bit of a downer, but at least keep me cool as I was running around. Getting in and out of the car park was a bit slow, but there's not a lot can be done about that. Only downer really was that at £30, and all the knowledge about taking on board protein and carbs after a race, there were no shakes or bananas available to runners at the end and I thought they could at least provide these. Oh, and only 1 lucozade given out in the race to, along with 2 waters. Date of review: October 26, 2008