In short: A great race for a first-timer, flat, quick and great scenery! In full: Despite being the last man across the finish line, I throughly enjoyed this race. It had a great atmosphere, and seemed to be populated by runners of all calibers. The organization was prompt, effective and friendly making my first-time nerves that little bit less.
Overall I had a great time, although I must do some speedwork before my next race! Date of review: August 9, 2007
In short: start a bit of a mess,couldnt hear starter and many others couldnt either until gun went off. In full: Apart from that fast and flat, slight headwind on way out which was nice as it was a very warm evening. Date of review: August 8, 2007
In short: Flat out and back course, fast but uninspiring and I HATE stadium circuits In full: Weather spot on, 450 entrants, practically flat course, no excuses not to achieve a PB....so why didn't I enjoy it more? Well, three circuits of the stadium interspersed with a towpath out and back with a sharp u-turn to make up the distance is not my favourite kind of run. I think with a bit more imagination ( Whale Island? Tipner?) this could be a fabulous race to do...this wasn't it! Lack of training and poor kit on my part didn't help ! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: An enjoyable, flat course with no nasty surprises around the corner In full: A bit tight for the majority of the course, especially the start in the stadium, but as runners spread out it became much less of an issue. Very well marshalled, with lots of potential for PBs. Date of review: June 8, 2007
In short: Very flat but rather narrow. Good PB potential In full: This is a quite a good course for a PB as there's absolutely no ascent/descent at all.
The race starts with 2.5 laps of an athletics track, with only a few lanes available for each lap, making it a bit narrow and lots of elbow-bashing. After that we exited around a hairpin, through a gate which was again narrow. Most of the course is run on a seafront promenade which is open and quick. It is exposed to the elements, and that meant a headwind for half of the race.
A few bendy bits around the Hilsea Lido, then back to the running track and repeat again, finishing back at the track on the third visit.
Surprisingly, given its city-centre location, the ease of parking, bar and cafe facilities on-hand, etc, there were not many spectators.
There didn't seem to be the "buzz" here which you usually get at the village-races, where all the residents come out to support. It is by no means a bad race, just a little lacking in character.
Having said that, if you're looking for a good solid, flat 10k, then this is a superb choice.
I really like these mid-week evening races too, it's great to race in the week. Date of review: June 7, 2007