In short: Great atmosphere at the start! In full: My first 10 mile race/run and must admit I enjoyed it. The only downsides here were the exiting from the sea front car park which was a good 1 1/2 hours and it should have been run the other way...nicer finish! Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Gr8 race again, PB destroyed In full: My 2nd year at the GSR and I for one have to thank the weather no slowing down for water and my PB was destroyed by 14minutes again though bit annoying with the walkers that I nearly ran in2 a few times but no complaints at all Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Bristol half marathon organisers, look and learn! In full: Was seriously impressed by this race. Organisation, spirit, crowd and route were all excellent. Admittedly I started about a quarter of the way back in the orange wave so avoided most congestion (that proved to be pretty much the right place for a 1.16.xx time), but had a terrific run. Obvious comments about the weather, and the rain did make the trek back to the city centre car parks pretty unpleasant. But the parking was free and I got away with very little delay. Not a cheap race but definitely the best "big" race I've done. Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Well organised, well supported, well worth it! In full: Only Mother Nature let us down on Sunday. My first GSR, and it was awe-inspiring to see so many runners fighting the elements and amazing supporters cheering us on, despite comical weather! Ankle gave way between 6 and 7, but I'd still do it again at a shot. The highlight was watching the Mr Motivator lookalike warm us all up in a torrential storm - fair play mate! Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Second time at this event and remains my favourite race of the year! In full: I managed to break my PB by 2 minutes despite the weather and the walkers in front of me in the White wave. I more than happy if people want to walk the course, but shouldn't they either start last or a few minutes in front of everyone else?
Anyway, a great event despite the weather and fantastic to see so many people out cheering in the rain! Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Third time ...worst weather, but still very good. In full: We were due a bad weather race and we certainly got it! Can't blame the organiser for that though. Disappointed with walkers in the first two waves, especially as the race info asks them to start in the third wave. If 18000 people started, how come only 10200 finished? Only real improvement would be the baggage. All other major races manage to have a supervised bag drop area, although having somewhere warm and dry to huddle after the race was a real bonus. Thank you to the marshalls and crowds that braved the weather to cheer us on. Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Soaked! In full: A great day, ruined only by (no,not the weather!)slow runners in the early waves! Please stop doing it - if you want to run with your faster friends, then please do so, but do it in the Green Wave. I was lucky enough to be right at the front of the Green Wave, so I was traffic free for a couple of miles. I would have been really peeved if I'd been in the White wave and stuck behind all the walkers. Ok, moan over! Thank you to all the volunteers who took the time to come and get soaked with us - You really made the day! Oh, I kissed Vicky Binns from Coronation Street at the end of the race too - Dining out on it :) Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Big and Flat and Wet In full: My first ever "big-event" race. You can't fault the organisation, except perhaps the mixed waves. The weather didn't detract, the worst bit being the muddy post-finish area.
However, for all that, and the tremendous support from spectators who braved such horrible conditions, it seemed strangely soulless. Just lots and lots of people in one place.
I'm glad I did it but I wouldn't do it again. All the hanging around before and after is not for me.
They can't do anything about the traffic out of Portsmouth although, after waiting until 3pm to leave, I was surprised it still took an hour to get out of the town. There didn't seem to be any kind of traffic management in place. Date of review: October 24, 2006