In short: Nice end of year race but too many runners for the course In full: I've done this for all five years the event has been on and its now a victim of its own success as the course simply has too many runners on it. I reckon I was held up for maybe 15 minutes at a bunch of bottle necks as too many runners on single track caused hold ups time and time again... probably fine if you're running 3:00 or 6:00 but for mid pack runners its basically just a training run as impossible to gain any kind of rhythm and the set up for 1500 runners the same as it was in 2010 for 300 odd. Aid stations too busy despite the best efforts of the very friendly and encouraging marshalls. The redeeming feature is the fact you get to see everyone on the out and back course but really not one of my favourite events at all I am afraid... Date of review: December 21, 2014
In short: my first half marathon race, great atmosphere In full: as my first race i was a little nervous about this, i set off like a rabbit at the front and quickly realized that i had got carried away by the atmosphere - ended up finishing in 1h39m which was ok considering this schoolboy error Date of review: July 21, 2014
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