In short: A well-run event, with generous goody-bag, excellent medal and a nice course. In full: The organisers had a few challenges due to storm damage on/near the sea-front but the race went ahead due to some good contingency planning. I enjoyed the run, saw plenty of sea-front and crashing waves (me being a land-lubber!). It was a very windy day but then the whole winter has been like that so we should be used to it by now! A great medal and very generous goody-bag topped the day for me. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Great race - despite the wind! In full: Loved this event, organisers did a great job in ensuring it went ahead after the storms and the loss of the use of the Pyrmaid Centre. Great course and without the wind has the potential to be quick. Well marshalled, well supported, well packed goody bag and an excellent medal - what's not to like?
As a slight aside my non-running g/f who came to watch said that this was the friendliest race she'd ever seen me at.
I really can't fault this event Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: What a cracking race. In full: What is there not to like? It started on time, no rain, muddy beach wasn't too muddy, plenty of signs and marshalls, friendly runners, great goody bag and medal, plenty of parking, and a pb to boot!! An excellent day out (apart from the wind). I'll be back next year as without that wind I reckon I'll be 5 minutes quicker. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: great run in pompey In full: very hard due to gale force winds which seemed to get worse rather than better as forecast but no rain!great race much improved from last year as Rob has addressed probs and then some. better signage and fantastic marshalling. welcome jelly beans and top notch goody bag! well done to all involved! will be back next year Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: A must do race. In full: You come away wondering how they do it for the money. One of the best medals, a jam packed goody bag and the optional tech tops are miles away from anything else I've seen. And the course is good too. Wind today was impressive. Anyone who's done the Great South will know the last 2 miles are tough - this race turns that stretch into 4 miles and manages to make the wind even stronger. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Great race, exceptional value for money In full: Great race. Lots,of hard work by the race team to keep the race on after the recent bad weather. Always like the challenge of the muddy beach. Nice medal and great goody bag. Will be doing it again next year. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In full: First time for me, love the band Batala being there at the start. Lots of different terrain to run on which puts me out my comfort zone but its all good practice, very windy day but then we are by the coast, great goodie bag, lovely medal and neck warmer, great organisation, I saw the lead man have to run back as he missed a turning but it was clear where the lead bike was, I will be back next year! Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Great fun In full: Plenty off road with mud even had to paddle in sea near end. Plenty to choose on drink stations loved the Jaffa cakes. First marathon of this type for me really enjoyed the day. Date of review: December 30, 2013
In short: Disorganisation but decent course In full: My main gripe with this race was the start which I thought was a complete disorganised shambles. I waited in the baggage drop off queue for 15 minutes before I was able to drop off my bag, and by the time I got through the crowd waiting at the doors, the race had started! My watch may have been wrong but it was before 9am - I know there were others in the same boat!
Despite this shambles a tough, muddy, wet, but reasonably enjoyable course. Good support along the way.
However, for me the race was ruined at the start - never known such a disorganised pre race, and I have never known the start happen before the scheduled time!
The course is nice though (for December), but I won't be rushing to recommend this race. Sorry! Date of review: December 27, 2013
In short: fantastic marathon In full: There is no moans here great run for What I paid to enter was a bargain. 4th marathon and will return next year to do it all over again. I turned up 1hr before and was quiet no que and was prepared for the run. This was a experience you won't get in a city marathon can't please everyone I guess. Great charity and well maned water stations along the way .
Top work on a great marathon Date of review: December 26, 2013