In short: Loved it - back again next year In full: Second time running this race, and as others have said, very muddy and the wind particularly in the last couple of miles was challenging. I wore road shoes which added a bit of extra challenge, still managed a PB somehow! Back again next year - well done organisers and everyone else involved. If you want a big city tarmac marathon then this isn't for you. If you want decent scenery, a bit of mud, gravel, shingle and some tarmac, give it a go! Date of review: December 28, 2012
In short: ....better than Christmas shopping..... In full: This was event was chosen so that I could end the year by running my 9th marathon/ultra of 2012 and my 80th marathon/ultra overall. I found it very well organised with great support from all the spectators and fellow runners that created a lovely atmosphere. The ground underfoot was testing in places and another year I would wear trail shoes rather than road which are still drying out!
My only disappointment and this seems to apply to most races now is the selfishness of a minority of runners who just discard their empty gel packets along the route rather than carry them to the next drinks station.So all those who needlessly litter the countryside should be ashamed of themselve especially as it reflects badly on the organisers. Date of review: December 27, 2012
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