In short: Very flat but rather narrow. Good PB potential In full: This is a quite a good course for a PB as there's absolutely no ascent/descent at all.
The race starts with 2.5 laps of an athletics track, with only a few lanes available for each lap, making it a bit narrow and lots of elbow-bashing. After that we exited around a hairpin, through a gate which was again narrow. Most of the course is run on a seafront promenade which is open and quick. It is exposed to the elements, and that meant a headwind for half of the race.
A few bendy bits around the Hilsea Lido, then back to the running track and repeat again, finishing back at the track on the third visit.
Surprisingly, given its city-centre location, the ease of parking, bar and cafe facilities on-hand, etc, there were not many spectators.
There didn't seem to be the "buzz" here which you usually get at the village-races, where all the residents come out to support. It is by no means a bad race, just a little lacking in character.
Having said that, if you're looking for a good solid, flat 10k, then this is a superb choice.
I really like these mid-week evening races too, it's great to race in the week. Date of review: June 7, 2007
In short: Well organised, good marshelling and a stadium start and finish to boot! In full: Strong head wind at times but still managed a PB, enjoyed it all, will be back next year! Date of review: June 7, 2007
In short: Great evening! In full: Blessed with perfect weather. Start was a bit tight when you were forced from four lanes into two, but that was only for a short while. Course was perfectly flat, enjoyed the two laps. Throughly enjoyable evening. Date of review: June 7, 2007
In short: A great, simple, fast race In full: My second time running it, and both times it has been a really uncomplicated fast race. Well done to the organisers! Strong headwinds this year esp. between 3 and 4km took the edge off PBs. As a series to see how you are progressing - excellent! This race is just what it says on the tin. Date of review: May 15, 2007
In short: only my 3rd run and i beat my PB. In full: The word race did put me of as i am only a beginner in this game, thought i would be left behind. a bit off putting watching the fast runners pass you on their way back but in the end i enjoyed the run it was a great evening as i beat my pb and i will be doing it again. Date of review: June 10, 2006