In short: Fantastic. Really exhilarating. In full: This was my second race. I did the Victory five also in Portsmouth last year. I ahd only run 8 miles once a few weeks before the race so was quite nervous but I loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was brilliant, crowd support was fantastic and great to have thumping music towards the finish. Personally I loved running through the naval base and along the sea wall wiht the waves crashing over it. I would definitely do it again and have signed up for a half marathon next year i enjoyed it so much. My only grip is getting stuck behind walkers and slow runners in the beginning. Date of review: November 7, 2007
In short: Great race which makes you want to push yourself! In full: This was my 1st 10 miler & only my 2nd official race & I loved it. Had only previously run 9 miles max whilst training taking bout 80 mins, but completed this race in 78. The flat course & crowds really drive you on, only negative is having to pass people that started in the 1st wave, I will start in the 1st wave next yr to avoid this. RE the negative comments about the traffic,I arrived at 8,30 & parked in the center of pompey & didnt even try to get close to the car park near the start, prob had to wait about 20 mins at the end to leave & had to walk to teh car for 10 mins (great warm down) but that was it! So its not all that bad. Date of review: November 5, 2007
In short: Rubbish In full: Overpriced, no facilites and spread out all across the common over a mile. Traffic was shocking, leaving at 8am to travel for 1 hour to then sit in traffic at pompey for 1 more hour then to get stuck in yet more traffic and make it back by 4pm wet and very angry Date of review: November 5, 2007
In short: Superb course and great atmosphere. One to run every year! In full: This was my first race for 8 years, following injury and a few years in the doldrums. Definitely the best 10 mile race course in the UK. The atmosphere was uplifting right through and although it rained, this was easily pushed to one side because the race was so good. Date of review: November 3, 2007
In short: Done 3 times, too expensive to do again In full: At £30 plus £3 parking (minimum), this is just too costly for a 10 miler. Good quality T-shirt but not technical, solid medal & lucozade abviously a major sponsor, but the goody bag doesn't justify the price. Yes, I have pbs for the last three years & at last was awarded a first wave entry so I had a free run. But while newcomers & fundraisers will always enjoy this, for a serious, but not elite, runner like me, it doesn't push the right buttons. Sorry. Date of review: November 3, 2007
In short: It's my local, well organised and a pleasure to run! In full: Not a traffic frinedly course so if your coming to Portsmouth better off on the train. Event is well organised and it seems the runners a split quite well moving the slower ones to the thrid and final running group. If you gonna walk keep left please. (or don't bother) Date of review: November 3, 2007
In short: Wet, Windy. But WILD!! In full: I enjoyed this, my very first Great Run, and it was fabulous! Great support and atmosphere created by the locals really helped me to carry on, despite the awful weather, for the second year running. Admittedly the “Professional” Car Parking on the common left a lot to be desired. I hope it can all be ironed out for next years race, as I will definitely be doing it again. Other than that a great experience.
Despite all the problems created, for Portsmouth, in staging such a mass participation event. I cannot understand why anybody could suggest that it should be moved to another venue. Where else, on the South Coast can you enjoy a 10-mile run with so many wonderful landmarks (many steeped in history), HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, Dockyard, D-day Museum, Royal Marine’s Barracks come to mind. This is “The” Great South Run after all. There is also the magnificent Spinnaker Tower to delight in too.
This being the third biggest run in the Great Run series, it is fully justified in being held here. It’s just a shame that it does not get the same BBC coverage as the FLM and the GNR.