In short: Great race, bit hot though ;0) In full: Minor gripes only - Had to get myself in front of a womble near the front of the first wave! And my first mile pace whilst not really slow, was erratic trying to pass slow runners.
Love the event overall though, just wish it was not so warm, although have to be happy with no wind, so should not complain too much Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Brilliant first event In full: It was my first competitive event. Great weather, very well organised, loads of encouragement and nice goody bag at the end. I will definitely do it again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well-organised apart from one or two small details. In full: Good points include: starting on time, water stations at sensible intervals, nice medal, nice goody bag, chip-timing, nice atmosphere - the bands really help lift you when the going gets tough. Blessed with decent weather this year as well!
Things that could be improved: placing mile markers higher up, technical t-shirts not cotton and time-guides in the waves. That said, the congestion was definitely less than in 2003, when I last ran, so the waves have helped. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: I'm sooo glad I took up running! In full: Well I may be slightly biased about the venue, because a cool, clear sunny morning on the South Coast is one of my favourite places to be. But when it comes to everything else about the day, I have to say it's the best time I've had since I started running. OK that was only 6 months ago, but I've done enough events in that time to know a good event from a bad one and this truly lives up to the 'Great' part of it's name.
I was a bit miffed by my race pack not arriving, despite having signed up in early July for Cancer Research, but the Great Run team were very helpful, BazDad very kindly sent me a scan of the main information leaflet so I'd know where I was going on the day, and there was a race pack ready and waiting for me when I got there.
I agree with StillSmiling about the Mile markers needing to be placed higher, but that's the only real negative that I can think of. On the other hand, having missed a few markers, I spotted the 8-miler, checked my watch and got a nice surprise when I realised I had obviously picked up the pace and was about 4 minutes ahead of my estimated time. So missing markers, not necessarily a bad thing ;-) I'll definitley be back next year and will be doing my best to get some friends to come and run it with me. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lovely weather made this a great race to do! In full: As mentioned before the mile markers needed to be higher - I missed a number. Also the waves were very crowded at the beginning making it hard to get going. Too many walkers in the front of the last wave made it tough getting through to start with. Overall though - I'll be back for more next year Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Fantastic, best GSR ever. In full: Parked at Gunwarf as the trains weren't running (d'uh!) No problems with traffic. Weather fab. Plenty of water. Loved the shower. Not the fastest, but definitely the best GSR i've ever done. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Extremely efficient well organised, and attracting more people, and a classier field each year. Weather was superb which help, and dreaded wind from the solent down the final stretch stayed away! Good crowd helped the athletes along! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised, flat course, perfect weather = PB In full: Well organised and very enjoyable race. The wave starts meant there wasn’t too much congestion in the first mile and not too much weaving about overtaking slow runners or walkers . This is a good flat run with perfect weather this year, resulting in a PB for me. The drinks stations were well placed (3 and 7 miles) with bottles rather than cups. We parked in Gosport a few minutes from the ferry (every 15 minutes, £1.80 return + 70p for a bike) and cycled (about 1 mile to the start). This made for an easy and speedy arrival and departure. Will definitely run it next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good not 'Great' In full: I had high expectations but you shouldn't always believe the hype. The organisation was very good, but let down by the traffic jam for the first 2 miles. Whilst the course is a good one for a PB the sheer number of people in the wave meant that I couldn't manage more than 10 min miles for the first two miles (I was aiming for 8. There are also a number of bottle-necks which made it worse. I think it would greatly benefit from the waves being divided into expected finish times. People with boards have done this at much smaller races and it makes the world of difference. That said, I beat my target time, but still felt it could have been quicker. Nice medal, full goody bag and no problems getting away at the end. Still undecided about next year though. Date of review: October 10, 2005