In short: A top race In full: The positives. Fast, flat 10 miler, PB potential, superbly organised, great crowd support, great marshalls and very beginner friendly. Yes, people are overly optimistic and go in the wrong waves, walk in the first mile etc, but I don't mind (even if I am stuck behind them).
I would rather people make the effort to get off their backside, get involved and hopefully find a passion for running. It also raises loads for charity :-)
The negatives - it's expensive, but it's iconic, so I'll be back Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: This is a must-do every year In full: I love the Great South Run. It's one of only two races in the calendar I vow to do every year. This year was the hat-trick for me and I'm already looking forward to 2013.
GSR is not only geared for the elite-y PB chasers but the fun runners and newbies as well which makes it the perfect fit-for-all race. I started out as a running novice and am slowly working my way up to PB-chaser status (although still far from elite!)
It's a flat course. V flat. And takes in the historic dockyard and the lovely Southsea seafront via the city centre (ish) where there are plenty of spectators to keep your spirits up when your legs begin to tire. The atmosphere - even on this year's nippy day - is always upbeat.
There have been a few gripes about the medal but I have no complaints. I love how they're all different enough for you to pick out the race they belong to without seeing the date, but same-y enough to know they're all from the GSR.
I'll be back next year for more miles and more bling! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Average race In full: To be honest, I've participated in better races. Yes there's a lot of cheering which is brilliant but the scenery was a bit dull and as for the price; waaaaay too much for an average 10 miler. My sister did it for the first time this year and she also thought it wasn't anything overally special for the same reasons. On a more personal note, I'm not interested in PBs and like off road hilly races, hence why I didn't give this one a particulary good score.
In short: Excellent PB Potential In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this race!! A flat and quick course means excellent PB potential! Brilliantly organised for such a big event. Lovely medal and nice to have a goody bag that atually contains food rather than just leaflets! Shame about the t-shirt, which you would probably only wear to sleep in or for decorating!! The downside is that its really expensive!! Also, unless you leave really early and park on the edge of the city, getting in and out of Portsmouth with that many people is a nightmare! Having said that, it's a brilliant day and no doubt I will be back again in the future!! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Good, super quick but pricey In full: Think most has been said already about this. Well supported quick course but as mentioned a lot of money for a 10m probably due to its commercial appeal being on tv etc. Although I do agree with a few being in the wrong areas although after a mile I had space and can't really blame the officials if people are a little too optimistic with projected times! On the plus a big pb by 4 mins! I was flying :) Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: A big, fun event over a fab distance - sooooooo many runners! In full: A great day out, a nice distance but soooooo many runners and sooooo many cars! Despite the significant over-crowding for the first 4 miles, it was a great route, nice and flat and fast. Loved it! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Great experience but wave management needs improvement In full: I studied at the University of Portsmouth some 20 years ago, so it was a bit of a special race, returning after so long. It's a great course and the support was fantastic; giving it my all for the last two miles along the seafront will stay with me for a long time.
Was really surprised to find people walking after only a mile though, and I was in the middle wave (target 1:30). Similarly, there were people sprinting past for the first five miles or so.
That said, the behaviour and the spirit of the runners was magnificent, and I didn't hear a bad word uttered by anyone (in contrast to some of the attitudes experienced on the London - Brighton bike ride).
I don't know what target times my wave encompassed, but I think the event would benefit from more waves and/or from making an effort to assemble them from fastest to slowest. Maybe a bit of running etiquette could be drilled in? Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Shame good race but victim of its own success £41 is to much In full: Hmmm - Shame as this has always been one of my favourite non marathon races. All the grandure of a marathon but only 10m. The course is very good and support fantastic (although less this year with cold wet weather). Very well run race, with some great athletes and celebrities if thats your thing. Great for charities and beginner runners, although I was in the fast paced club runners and still dodging round weekend joggers! Really need to have pens with this number of runners. £41 is a lot of wedge for 10m, with crap T shirt and average medal - some marathons cost that! Will i do it again - I suppose i will do, but seems to be loosing its special feel. It may become a victim of its own success! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Bust busy busy!! In full: I started fairly close to the front of the white wave and was surprised at just how quickly I caught up with the orange wave runners. I ran a PB of 1:19:58 despite having to spend a lot of time dodging walkers from 2 miles onwards. There was me thinking I wasn't going to be quick enough for Orange!!
That aside the crowds were spectacular with their support, as were the marshals and St.John's on route.
I feel that this race may become a victim of it's own success as it's getting a little bit busy now! 25,000 entrants! That's a whole lot of people running through the same space!
Finally, to enter the 2013 race it's now £41, that's a whole lot of money to run 10 miles! Date of review: October 29, 2012