In short: A good pre-christmas challenge! In full: Well organised race with plenty of pre race updates. varied course which was tricky under foot so not a great PB course. Thanks to all the marshalls and supporters. Date of review: December 27, 2012
In short: My first ever Marathon and i finished it!! In full: This was first attempt at a marathon and it felt very special being able to run it in Portsmouth my home town. The runners I met before and during the marathon were very supportive and although the terrain consisted of mud, glorious mud and water logged paths it all added to the challenge and made this race memorable for so many reasons! I found it tough, very tough. I took a tumble during the race and survived but the personal satisfaction of finishing the race will live with me for ever! Thanks to all the marshalls and people that supported the race it was very much appreciated. Date of review: December 25, 2012
In short: Difficult with the Mud on the return route In full: The scenery was as expected for a coastal marathon. Not a PB course in those muddy conditions and with runners avoiding oncoming runners. Atmosphere was good, I thought the water stations could have had more people handing drinks to the runners instead, I had to stop at the benches to get water. So not getting a very good time, that and wearing road shoes didn't help. A bit heavy underfoot on the homeward trail. Definately a fun run more than a serious PB course. Date of review: December 25, 2012
In short: Excellent race In full: My first Portsmouth marathon : it was a nice experience shame it was so muddy and slippery . Fall over twice ! Organisation great , thanks the paramedics team who cleaned me up at the end . Would do it again, Date of review: December 25, 2012
In short: Good course but waterlogged this year In full: On any other day, that hadn't been preceded by two weeks of rain, this course would have been a joy to run. As it was it was a mudbath on the return leg. I foolishly wore road running shoes and as a result slipped and fell three times - thank you to the other runners who offered to pick me up at the 17 mile mark.
Support and marshalling was good and friendly. Small improvements that could be made - add a sign on first turnstile and baggage area should be controlled and marshalled.
Would I do it again ? Only if the rain stays away. Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: challenging race In full: Great event, against the odds, i actually got a pb with 3-57-48 . Very friendly atmosphere, and support along the way, in all, a great day! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Good fum in muddy conditions In full: My first Marathon so was not sure what to expect. Nice route made interesting with all of the mud and shingle beaches. Glad I asked around at the start and ran in hybrid shoes. Atmosphere at drinks stations was much appreciated. Thanks to all involved in organising Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Flat, but don't let that fool you. In full: Other than the last 2 miles along the seafront I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much of the race is in paths which is interesting in itself but after a week of rain was a complete mud bath. Marshals and organisers were great. Not sure about the moans on water stations, they were well stocked with water, gels, jelly babies and the odd Xmas tipple! If fast road marathons and Pb's are your thing then this isn't for you, if you like a tough, fun challenge setting you up for Xmas then this is perfect! Date of review: December 24, 2012