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
In short: The weather....oh, the weather! In full: My 2nd running of this event. (I think I must be a bad omen for the weather). Good points: Fast flat course Varied route Excellent medal
Bad points Cost of the event Crap cotton t-shirt - of no running use to anyone!
Overall I quite like this race but am seriously considering not entering next year if only because of the cost.
The weather was not a problem. It merely made the last two miles somewhat hilarious.
I parked at Gunwharf Quays and walked 15mins to the start. Same again at the finish. Had some lunch and then left the car park at 1315. 15 mins to get onto the motorway. I thought the police were very good at keeping the traffic moving. It was the stupidity of the drivers that held a lot of people up as they chose to ignore the waving policeman and stop at the red light.
Whilst I feel for the hundreds/thousands of people who parked at the event and were charged £3 for the privelige of 'professional parking', you must have known that getting away from the event would have taken ages and due to Portsmouth's location would have exacerbated the problem.
In short: Poor signage and lack of marshalls In full: With a race this big, there should be better marshalling for car parks, took me three hours to get from race to hotel near M275. Also there were no clear signs to post race facilities and palces to keep warm like North run. Hope its get better as race size passes 20k. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Great race but don't enjoy 5 hours queuing! In full: This is the 3rd time I have done this. I cannot fault the organisation of the race. T-shirt good and plenty of loos. hoever, living only 45 miles away left at 815, loads of time before the start. NO!! Took over an hour and a half to get on the common parked. Just got to the start in time. Can't help the weather. Finish no problems apart from the 3 hour wait to get out of Portsmouth after being moved from pillar to post and hardly moving. Of course you have to expect some congestion, I accept that but 3 hours to get out I find ludicroous. Would have spent the afternoon in Portsmouth but by the time we got there most of the shops would have been shut. It definately needs some work before next year! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: My 3rd GSR and I absolutely love this race! In full: The hilarious last 2 miles into the wind were incredibly tough and stopped me getting a PB. Still finished in 1 hour 11 which I was very pleased with having done the Amsterdam Marathon the week before. Great crowd support and I had no problems with the organisation. You can't blame the race organisers for the roadworks on the A3!! can't wait for next year when I will go inside 65 minutes!!! Date of review: October 29, 2007