Great South Run 2013

No winter woolies needed this year please!

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25/08/2013 at 21:42

Only 9 weeks to go until one of my favourite races.  Hang the cost, don't want to miss it.

Who else doing it?

Edited: 26/08/2013 at 00:17
29/08/2013 at 19:22

Me again! Will be my 7th time, first did it in 2003


last 2 miles always the worst!

01/09/2013 at 00:45

And the winner of this year's men's race will be the Green Fairy and the winner of the women's race will be Zoe Windsor!


Looks like we are the only two entered

01/09/2013 at 11:36

Looks like it! 

ran 11 miles today, not sure how many years I will keep running the gsr, but it is a local race for me last year i was in the white sesection, how many years have you done it? 



02/09/2013 at 01:24

I reckon I must have run this at least seven times.  I used to live on the Isle of Wight so it was easy to get to.  Wore the costume last three times, I think, and it's great for banter with the crowds.  Am a slow runner so always in green wave, which is good as running number is colour co-ordinated with costume!

20/09/2013 at 00:56

Why? oh Why? oh Why? have Southern AGAIN decided to do engineering works on the London/Horsham/Barnham route on the day of the GSR? Buses replace trains between Horsham and Barnham, extending the journey time by well over an hour.  What a farce. AGAIN. And the GSR website goes on about not using cars in order to create a better carbon footprint!

I shall now be driving down.

23/09/2013 at 12:59

Looking forward to this.  First time was last year, so looking to better my time this year.

I'm doing the double this year, Great North and Great South


23/09/2013 at 16:10

I ran the new forest half at the weekend and struggled with the hills!


thank god this is flat!

how is everyone's training going?

23/09/2013 at 16:34

Just had a week off of training after the North. 

Have to drag myself back out tonight.

In theory having trained for a half then I should be in good shape, just keep up what I have been doing...

Aiming for under 1H20 this year.  Last year was 1H29.

23/09/2013 at 16:40

That's a good time, it gets so busy I am sure you end up running more to run round people, 

last 2 miles always the worst, I shall be going over on the Saturday for my boy to run the mile there

24/09/2013 at 07:40

I'm hooked after last year - loved it 

might get to see u this year green fairy  

29/09/2013 at 14:09

Must remember the clocks go back the day before!

03/10/2013 at 18:48

So is it just the four of us running still then?

03/10/2013 at 20:48

Nope, my son, Runnerbeanz is running to.

06/10/2013 at 22:08

This will be my first time running this event, any tips on what to expect from the course/race?

It will come a week after running the Yorkshire Marathon (and the Steeples & Spires 26 Miler the week before that) so I'm not expecting a good time.

07/10/2013 at 10:55

Very busy! You can get people often walking from the start! 

Nice flat route, last 2 miles can sometimes be quite windy along the seafront, plenty of bands around the route,

lots of spectators to give encouragement and great atmosphere

07/10/2013 at 11:55

I'm entered too!  Looks like an excellent run but am not sure how I'm going to get down there on the day.  Sister used to live in Portsmouth so hoping she can recommend somewhere clever to park away from the crowds!

Also not expecting a good time as am doing the Eden Project Marathon the week before, so I may be one of those walking bits of it!!  Think when i originally signed up for GSR a year ago I was hoping for a PB of under 1.38, then over the summer decided to do Eden, so a fast time at GSR is NOT going to happen so might pop myself at the back ;Op

09/10/2013 at 10:25

Anyone got any recommendations on travel to this one? can't wait it's my first ever organised run so don't want to be late because of traffic!

09/10/2013 at 12:40

Jack - get there early! Really Early.

I've run it nearly every year for about 12 years so far, tried driving, trains, ferry (from Gosport). 

So far, driving in really early (getting there before 8) seemed to work well, parking fairly close to the front (and toilets). Last year I managed to get there in perfect time to sit and read a book, amble over, watch the women start, back to the car to get myself sorted and then 2 mins walk to the starting gantry (orange wave). Perfect when the weather is rubbish - means you can stay in a warm car - last year was particularly cold.

Trains (and ferry) all involve a 30 minute walk on arrival (no matter what stop you get off at), and no-where decent to get out of the rain if needed. The 30 minute walk back afterwards is painful. If you're getting any of the stops close to Portsmouth (within about an hour) you'll end up standing on the train.

Driving in later or closer to the start time will no-doubt involve sitting in traffic all the way into Portsmouth (there's only a couple of routes in), certainly not ideal if you spend the morning 'over-hydrating' on water and lucozade - if you get what I mean. 

So my recommendation is to drive, aim to arrive before half 8. Take a book and a flask of coffee

12/10/2013 at 13:52

For those intending to travel by train don't forget to check for the engineering works that are ALWAYS carried out this weekend!  I know that trains between Horsham and Barnham will be replaced with buses, adding over an uncomfortable hour to travel time.

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