In short: This was the longest race I've done...so far, and I ran with a huge grin on my face from beginning until end. I understand now how simportant the supportive crowds and atmosphere are! Well chuffed with my 1hr 22min time! In full: If you struggled with the traffic, try getting a rail bus! It took me an hour to get from Chichester to Portsmouth, and then I had a gentle warm up walk to the starting area, and a gentle walk back to the station afterwards! The last two miles were tough due to the wind and rain, but once you reached the last 800metres, the crowds just pushed you home! Loved the whole experience, and am proud to be 2398th! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Why did it cost £3 to park?? An hour to get off the common!! In full: Fantastic race! shame about the travel experience, Early into the Car Park, but a n hour to get out? I thought we were paying for extra marshalling, where were they, then??
As I say fantastic race, excellent support. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Awful Weather, Good Crowds In full: Ran this race with an injury so was not looking fwd to it. The weather was horrible but the "litle miss and mr men" team made us feel welcome. Especially the sandwiches after :-) Hated the last part as could see the people ahead of me even though I had 4 miles to go. 1st time @ 10mile although did the Great Eastern 1/2 marathon 2 weeks ago (weather alot better). 1h42m not bad for injury and weather. Thanks to all supporters! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Pomp is total pants! In full: The GSR is where it all started for me - my first big and my first long race. For the past few years it's been a highlight of the racing year. Big race, big atmosphere and I've really enjoyed making a weekend of it - boosting the local economy with a hotel stay; eating out and doing some shopping in town and Gun Wharf.
I had my misgivings when they increased the entries. My concern was the event was going the way of the GNR - all about the profit not the quality of the experience or encouraging people into the sport. The parking charge was evidence of this trend in my eyes (although as a latecomer I didn't have to pay). The GB could have been more generous with more imagination in approaching sponsors.
Actually the race itself was well managed. The wave system seemed to work this year and I found toilets without queues and lovely ladies cleaning between users.
The real problem was the traffic management. It was awful - 2 hours sat in my car trying to clear Portsmouth!!! An hour trying to get to the race start from j12 M275.
I'm not sure if it's the police or city council's fault, but Portsmouth clearly could not cope with the volume of traffic and that was pretty obvious when one of the two agreed to the increase in numbers. (Westonbirt arboretum could show them how it's done, they managed a huge volume of traffic very efficiently when I went a week ago).
I've done this race 5 times now and am unsure if I'll be back again unless the numbers are reduced and the date is brought forward - the weather was so much better when it was at the start of October.
Portsmouth is a great city but I'm beginning to wonder if it's time the race went elsewhere (with better transport). The experience has put me off coming back to the city for quite some time - surely not what the city council wanted.
I thank the people fo Portsmouth for their patience yesterday in having so much traffic chaos descend on them.
In short: Wet and crowded!!! In full: Perhaps an increase in numbers too far?? At the start of the white wave - and perhaps for the first few miles there was very little room for people to breath let alone run!! Organisation was good - however, the addition of the helicopter hovering over the crowds made it difficult to hear the tannoy - so many of us chucked our binbags ready for the start only to find out that the start was delayed...
It would've been nice if there was more in the way of places to eat... sat on a coach going home many of us felt the same, cold and hungry!!!
Baggage set up worked well, nice touch to have security on the door - and was nice to have somewhere warm to stretch afterwards!!!
Usual problems with traffic at the exit (and entrance!!) - but it was expected !! I'll probably be back next year - but I think I'll book a hotel!!! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: I had never run a proper race before. Today I have signed up for 2 more! In full: I am an absolute beginner to running, and my fitness comes from other sports, but i loved this. Everything about it was brilliant.
After agreeing to run for charity I was slightly sceptical as to whether I'd enjoy it, but the atmosphere on the course was fantastic, with crowd roaring through the city centre and households out on the side streets, banging pots and pans. The organisation was good, I paniced as my chip and number did not arrive through the post (thanks royal mail) as I have moved and had a redirection, but upon finding the info hut all was sorted in a couple of minutes.
To cut a long story short,apart from escaping the city afterwards (2 hours), I enjoyed it and will be back for many years to come. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Bloomin' hard work but great all the same In full: As a first-timer to running, this was always going to be a challenge, but at least everyone was in the same boat with the weather. Didn't leave until 3pm as I thought it would be easier to get away later, but it still took 2 hours to get out of Portsmouth - don't know if there's anything that can be done about that, although I would consider a 2nd night in Portsmouth next time (if the hotels reconsider their pricing!) Hope to come back next year and try and beat my time in glorious sunshine! Thanks to all the crowds who ventured out and were fantastic along the round. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Loved miles 1-8 and hated 2-10 In full: This was my first attempt at the run and my first try at 10 miles. I loved miles 1-8 but wasn't prepared for the unbelievable wind and rain which felt like nails hitting my face in the last 2 miles!! Looking forward to next year, fingers crossed for the weather! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: great atmosphere - which made up for the freezing weather , and difficulty getting homee! Thee bandss where fantastic and tthe crowds were all aroundd the route cheering you on Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Great atmosphere, awful traffic jam! In full: I found the course to be great - flat but challenging due to the harsh head-wind and lashing rain. Great people, and well organised for the start of the race. It was a shame that there were so many no shows (6000) though unsurprising due to the weather and the cancellation of trains due to engineering works! The biggest problem of the day was getting home - It took TWO AND A HALF HOURS to get on to an A road leaving Portsmouth. I have to say that this borders on the ridiculous. There were no marshalls in sight to help direct cars and it ruined what would otherwise have been a lovely and successful run. Date of review: October 29, 2007