In short: Enjoyable despite the weather In full: Well it's all been said really. Great atmosphere and great course. Many thanks to the supporters and organisers for turning up in the atrocious weather conditions.
However, leaving the common car park at the end of the race was a nightmare. It took 1 and a half hours to get to the race and 4 and a half hours to get home. One and a half hours of that spent waiting to get out of the car park despite returning to it well within 2 hours of the race start.
Please can EXIT signs be erected in future and can the car parking attendants actually direct the traffic instead of there being a total free for all. We were almost out of the car park only to be turned back and told to go to another exit where we sat for a further hour only to look in the rear view mirror to see other cars exiting from the exit we had been turned away from.
This did mar my experience and I would question whether it was worth doing the race again. I certainly wouldn't park in the common car park again and would possibly get a hotel for the night as the roads out of portsmouth were totally congested too. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: Had a great race but once again shame about the weather. Many thanks to all the spectators and volunteers around the course and a big thanks to the Guide Dogs team for whom I was running. Great atmosphere all through the Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: You know its bad when the waves are crashing over the top at mile 9!!! In full: Seriously, I think the weather was worse than last year which was a shame as I was on for a pb and then it all went Pete Tong at mile 8 - even though I knew what was coming! I know some were not happy at paying £3 for car parking but having travelled some distance, I had to book a hotel at £125 per night RO, so £3 seems reasonable! The ground matting at the finish this year also made a big difference. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: Wet and Windy contest In full: My first outing at the GSR. Pompey is a familiar town for me but this was another way of seeing it. The course is nice, pretty flat and scenic. It has PB potential and if you are lucky enough to be in the first wave, there werent too many congestion points. It was just a shame about the rain and the wind in the last 2 miles along the sea front. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: Weather and last two miles made this pb course somewhat disappointing... In full: Was on for a pb up to 8miles...but the last two miles bodged that up n i only managed to run a 61. Having travelled all the way from Barnsley that was a tad gutting!!! Cant do owt bout the weather tho eh! Apart from that it was a good race, would consider doing it agian. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: good atmopshere but the roads need widening! In full: all in all this was a good run with plenty of support (despite the weather). The course is fast but the last 2 miles would challenge most to go below their PB. My issues came with organisation. I took a charity place and was in the Green wave. I was on the back of the White wave within 1.5 miles and the back of the Orange within 3... i spent a lot of time behind people who should have started further back... I'd definately do the race again and would hope for a better starting position! Date of review: October 30, 2007
In short: This is the 3rd year I have done this race and didn't enjoy it as much as before. In full: The race was well organised but delayed start meant standing around for even longer in the cold.
Thank you to all the marshalls and spectators that stood out in the rain and wind to cheer us on - it was much appreciated.
Paying £3 to park was a bit much. I was lucky enough to be able to leave the car park by about 12.15 so didn't have to queue. However I feel that the race entry fee was high enough for the car parking fees to be taken from that. The "professionally managed car parking experience" didn't appear to be any better than last year or the year before.
Having said that I enjoyed the race, although the last two miles felt as if I was going backwards.
Thanks again to all the supporters. Date of review: October 30, 2007
In short: Dizzle with wind.But Short Run 10 except 13.1 but Prilent day In full: At first its fine.but Its couple of delay and NO warm Up.Althrough I meet some people along the way and what next? The Wind and Rain started specaile SouthSea Common and RoadWorks.That why I exposed the Run was short this year with a differnt route.I Hope the Nudiest Runner with a Thong was Caught Out with the Cold and but question is where is number???HMM HMM Date of review: October 30, 2007
In short: First experience of such a large event, not sure if it is my scene In full: Very mixed feelings about this event, organisation and loos pretty good, incredibly slow start, I think that I'm a slow runner but I couldn't get going for first 2 miles and spent all the race overtaking, should have started at the front of the white wave, not towards the back.I actually enjoyed the last 2 miles into the wind! Getting off the car park was a total nightmare, no guidance at all as how to get out, eventually left E bound as that was moving and looped around back to the motorway. Date of review: October 30, 2007
In short: Not bad - despite the weather In full: This was my first Great South Run, although I would now consider myself an experienced 'Great Run' runner. The Great South is similar to the Great North (albeit smaller), don't hope for a PB or an earth shattering fast run, but just enjoy the atmosphere and the humbling experience of taking part in somthing that is raising serious money for charity.
Yes the weather was horrible, yes the course was lonely in places, yes I was irritated by people walking (in 3's and 4's) - but, the support from the people of Portsmouth was great and the organisation was in my opinion resonably good.
There has been lots of talk about poor parking, a bit of pre planning would have solved the problems. I parked in one of the town centre car parks as advised on the Great Run website - it cost me £4 and only took me 20 minutes to leave after the race, I will definately park in the town next year. All in all a good run, the medals are always of good quality and I enjoyed the lucozade energy bar at the end - which is much better than one race I recently attended where they gave a packet of cold soup (YUM) Date of review: October 30, 2007