In short: A real Christmas Cracker! In full: First time at this event and definitely not the last! Really enjoyed the course, thought the support from the spectators was great, the mud was a challenge, but nothing good trail shoes couldn't cope with. Very well organised with a very nice medal and a nice goody bag. Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: A tough Christmas beasting In full: Make no mistake this was a tough marathon. Skiddy and muddy and with the wind in the face for much of the return journey. There's fat chance of achieving a marathon PB unless its your first, but who cares. It's a bloody good run out in advance of the Cmas over indulging! Don't take it too seriously, just go out and do it. I appreciated the work out :) Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Great route, and lucky with the weather. What more could you want for a christmas marathon. In full: Wet underfoot, but still a quick course. The shale sections shouldn't cost that much time. Bit of an issue at the first water station caused a few minutes delay, but overall very well managed, and a tonne of fun. Do it Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Being my first ever marathon it was tough in places but the comaraderie from runners the support from marshals and the public got me through , the race. great race ,finished with a smile on my face! Time 3.37.57 Merry Xmas to all. Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Great race to finish the year off. In full: Weather was kind for a great value event. should have worn trail shoes rather than road shoes. Unexpected but very much appreciated spectator support. only downside and not the organiser‘s fault was the cost of the parking. Shame on you Southsea Council! Date of review: December 23, 2012
In full: My second year at this event and I just love it. Last minute entry due to change in other running plans. This is one of my fav halfs now and can't say enough good about it. Loved the Buff stylie scarf. Nice one oh and I saw the helicopter as well. Nice touch.. Date of review: February 23, 2012
In short: Great organisation, great course and, this year, great weather In full: This is a great low-key coastal half well worth the trip. Starts by the Pyramid Centre on Southsea waterfront, takes you along the seafront prom, through a Marina, across a shingle/mud beach, on a footpath by a harbour and then through some parkland, across football fields and back to the seafront, via the harbour beach again, for a run to amusement park and then back to the finish along the seawall. Multi-terrain but nothing tough and pretty firm under foot (except for the beach). The course is completely flat and is definite PB material (even with the beach). Superb running weather and beat the atrocious rain and wind at last year’s event.
Marshalling was excellent and the event seemed to run like clockwork. Race HQ was indoors and warm but not really sure why they posted the numbers and not the chips – seems a bit pointless if you have to queue up anyway.
Plenty of parking along the front and toilets. Some places to get hot food afterwards. Excellent event and good value.
In short: Weather was great, the organization very good - good array of freebies too which is always welcome!!That beach section is either getting longer each year or my mind is playing tricks on me!! Would definitely recommend it. In full: And unlike the Brighton half this year, was the correct distance for a half marathon which is always a bonus!! Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Well organised friendly race In full: Well organised, friendly, good value (chip timing, soup at the finish, plentiful water stations with jelly beans, nice goody bag with medal and snood thing). Course is scenic but could be a nightmare on a worse weather day. I found the beach/shingle section tough and passing the start/finish but still having another 5k to do a bit demoralising but that's my own fault because I hadn't trained properly for the distance! Overall a good race, even for tortoises like me. Date of review: February 15, 2012