In short: First GSR, First 10 mile race In full: Excellent experience. Thanks to the people of Portsmouth who stood for hours in the pouring rain to cheer on total strangers ! Shame about the idiot spectators who INSISTED on crossing the road at all points of the course during the race meaning WE had to avoid THEM. Where were the marshalls ? Where was the pedestrian's common sense ? Spectators were edging on to the road creating a long line funnel as they edged in front of the person on their left to get a better view at about mile 6. Plus the wobbly 12 year old on his wobbly push bike who was into wobbling into the oncoming path of the runners. Respect the Run - yeah spectators could use that too. Date of review: November 2, 2007
In short: A good run for me, despite the mixed reviews In full: My friend and I decided to make a long weekend of it so we stayed in a B&B the nights before and after, so we had no traffic problems. We did, however, see the congestion before and after and didn't envy anyone in it! Really, despite the weather, I enjoyed this run and I set a PB which added to my positive feeling. I didn't encounter any problems along the route and I thought the spectators/supporters were fabulous - esp the ones between 8-9 miles along the seafront being battered about in that wind and rain. I thank heaven for that DJ at approx 8-9 miles also, as I was running past the speakers, The Killers "Mr Brightside" was blaring and gave me added enthusiasm. I have only done a handful of runs so I've not much to compare it to but I enjoyed it v much. Left me with such a happy feeling all day! Date of review: November 2, 2007
In short: Smiled all the way !In fact I loved the rain &the sea rolling around felt really exhilarating In full: I`d chosen to stay in a hotel so traffic wasn`t a problem for me at the start but did wait till 5pm to leave as the jams looked horrific.However a great dat and I loved every minute. Date of review: November 2, 2007
In short: Great race but too crowded and traffic management abismal In full: 4th time of doing this run, the run itself is excellent, 18,500 runners is perhaps too many. The parking and traffic management was terrible (non existent), 1 hour to leave the carpark, attendants too busy smoking and 1hr to get to main road. Date of review: November 1, 2007
In short: Great organisation, Great race, shocking weather! In full: Really enjoyed the race and atmosphere up until 8 miles! Last 2 were tough and I struggled, was so glad it was only 10m and not a half!! Well done Portsmouth. Date of review: November 1, 2007
In short: Another great year - rain and all! In full: PB for me knocking off 3 mins from last year - if it would only stop raining each year I may be able to do better! Top organisation apart from the parking fiasco! Great medal and T-shirt - shame about the rest of the goody bag! I will be back! Date of review: November 1, 2007
In short: i'll be back In full: now for the weather in the portsmouth area for sunday the 28th October. Its going to be HELL. This is now the second year running(excuse the pun)the weather has been buddy terrible but hey ho whats has to be done has to be done. out of the 11500 runners i came 1029 in 1hr.16m 06s and missed my PB by 1 minute. I will RETURN Date of review: November 1, 2007
In short: Loved nearly every minute of it! In full: Why is everyone moaning so much about the parking?!?! I thought this was supposed to be a review about the race! OK so the organisation is part of the whole experience but the website did advise parking in the town. I parked at Gunwharf Quays and got out with no bother at all(a bit of a walk to and from the race but that only serves as a good warm up and down before and after the race - despite looking a bit of a pillock walking round a shopping centre with a foil blanket!)
This was my first GSR and first ever race. Didn't manage the time we were hitting in training and would have liked to have done better (never content me!) but I enjoyed the whole experience. The rail works didn't help the volume of traffic - nice planning National Rail!!! Doh!
The organisation I thought was excellent - bit congested so question the 18,500 limit being too high. Nice course though and above all else I would really like to thank and congratulate Portsmouth on it's atmosphere and the people who made the effort to cheer perfect strangers on despite the atrocious weather - good on ya people.
The last 2 miles were hell and the finish line was bliss - will be back again next year to shave 10% off our time - or else! Date of review: November 1, 2007