In full: Very well organised race with a mixture of club, fun and charity runners. Good support from spectators and marshalls made for a great atmosphere. Fast and flat so a great course for chasing a PB, though not too many other 10 mile races out there. Only complaints are they need to have predicted time markers within each wave to stop slower runners starting from the front as I spent the first 3 miles running sideways as much as forwards trying to dodge people. Also, minor point really but it would help if the lids were taken off bottles before being handed to runners. This is the only race I've done where they don't do this.
In short: Good race but chaotic start In full: I actually enjoyed this race but the start was dreadful. As usual people totally overestimating their finish time and holding up faster runners. Spent the 1st mile and a half dodging slower runners which cost time. Decent flat route and good support pretty much all the way round Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Not bad but getting home was a nightmare! In full: Having run with an injury and being dressed a Sonic the Hedgehog I wasn't expecting a good time but 1.30 was okish. Crowd were really good however getting home took three times as long as it should have. Organisation at the end was a bit poor as well. Not bad but apart from London and Brighton marathon I will stick to smaller races like the Cabbage Patch and Bstoke half.. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Well organised with a fast flat course. Not cheap but decent value and well worth doing. In full: My second year here and much the same as before. Good organisation proves that it is possible to put on large events without hassle and stress. Generally well supported (though some crowds are louder, but then the weather isn't always lovely to be fair). The scenery is fine if urban. Good course for a PB (not that 10 mile races are that common anyway). Nice medal and goody bag. The only Great Run in the south but it suggests the others are worth a look. If you only one "big" race and want to keep it under a half then this is well worth a look. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Great Race In full: Really enjoyed this. Great organisation. I was in the orange wave and its the first time I've done a 'big' race without spending the first few miles dodging walkers. 10 miles is a great distance too. Will be back next year. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Great atmosphere despite the weather In full: Really chilly day. First time we'd done this and really enjoyed it. The support and music is amazing. Well organised. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: another excellent race weather not too bad route as always excellent but price a bit steep In full: hms victory mankinis and kelly holmes -- what a race see you next year Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: A great day for your headphones to break In full: I've always been a head down, ears full kind of runner. It must have been fate that made my headphones decide that the green holding pen was the place to stop working!
The local support for the race was amazing. There were two spots where spectators either weren't allowed or simply didn't occupy but they more than made up for it on the rest of the course. One area seemed to require armed police which was just a little off-putting but we all needed the laugh as we settled into that second mile. The 'Bands on the run' were an excellent addition, hearing a brass band version of YMCA certainly made my day, and the charity areas were all packed out.
As someone who lives in a world of hills, the flat course was a revelation. I finished wondering if I'd actually run, at least I would have if better sock choice had left my feet in better condition, and surpassed my own expectation in terms of my time. best of all, I got to overtake the legend that is Linvoy Primus. Date of review: January 18, 2012