Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

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12/09/2013 at 21:51

Portsmouth..... Mince Pies and Mulled Wine, to enter or not to enter?.

16/09/2013 at 18:23

14 weeks to go! 

Not run further than 12 miles yet!

16/09/2013 at 22:58

Had a few months off post Manchester marathon,  but training is well underway,  long runs up to hilly 18 milers, 45ish miles a week. 


Manc  was 3.10, training was sloppy and averaged less than 40 most weeks . totally different course but im sure if I put in much better quality miles in each week I can pb. Or at least have fun and destroy the legs trying. 


Getting pretty psyched already. Portsmouth is nice place too,  been some years though.

17/09/2013 at 10:06

Blimey - that's quick - I'd be very happy with 4.10

My long runs are up to 14 miles at the moment and about 35 miles a week - after my half marathon at the end of the month I'l lbe working on increasing those numbers!

And I suppose I'd better actually enter... I'm definitely leaning more towards entering than not these days


21/09/2013 at 00:53

Hi all, first time I have something useful to contribute to a forum.

2013 was the first year I started running marathons - Portsmouth Coastal was my 6th-ish. I managed my first sub 3hr 30mins, which was my aim. The course is as described (flat) but the mix of various surfaces - shingle beach (short distance, but wearying) narrow muddy paths etc plus pavements make it more trying than one might expect; it will be very dependent on weather conditions, last year had some puddles but basically ok. 

I am 56yo and a tad idle therefore my training is far from scientific; I do not do enough long runs (over 15miles). I just run around quite often...then stop and have a coffee. Seems to work pretty well for me, I've now done about a dozen marathons and my first 'short' Ultra (31miles - Salisbury 54321) and my last 6 half marathons have all been inside my 'Good for Age' time of 95mins.

Just a couple more things; with the same level of fitness etc I would think Portsmouth would be at least 5 (....or more) minutes slower than a flat road run.

Beware the claims of changing facilities etc at the Portsmouth run. Last year there were no 'proper' changing facilities ie to completely get all your kit on or off and no showers - travelling long distances or rainy weather will be a nuisance. The baggage facilities were a joke...all piled up in a corner making it more difficult and dangerous to reclaim than actually running the race.

Anyway, I am still going to run it. Happy days.

21/09/2013 at 08:39

twold4this2 - completely agree with you. The terrain and the sea breeze seemed to suck out energy fron you . 

Facilities were far from great at the start  , I'm taking a thermos for before and some baby wipes for a quick mud removal afterwards . 

Are you doing clarendon ? 


21/09/2013 at 11:47

Hi msth.

Babywipes - a fine idea...I'll just take some Febreze!

I am running the new Bournemouth marathon the week before Clarendon, have a good one.

29/09/2013 at 14:11

12 weeks today! 

Not prepared yet!

29/09/2013 at 14:54

Just a couple of mundane practicalities for the day.

Plenty of free, on-road parking about 10-15mins walk from Pyramid Centre - I parked just off St. Helens' Parade.

Do be very careful of the 'street-furniture' at the start of the run along the esplanade - in the crowd and the excitement I saw a couple of runners give themselves nasty knocks last year.


29/09/2013 at 22:04

I bought my ticket ages ago, currently best pb for half marathon at Bristol was 2:37 and FOD in 2:44 so I'm aware of the slight difference between pbs for road and trail.  If I stick at Bristol pace with a bit of training and luck I might be able to push a sub 5 hours marathon which as it would be my first marathon having only started running in February wouldn't be too bad. 

Having been to Porstmouth a lot as a kid as I have family down there I would say beware of the pebble beach and the breeze... currently working out energy levels as I currently crash at 9 miles and require energy gels for the rest of the distance.  I guess it's just figuring out timing it right in training.  I get very sore underneath the foot on trails so the pebbles will probably have me hobbling to the next day...

But heck, it'll be worth it for the Mulled Wine and rum...

Also worth a note the website states if you're not at half way point by 3 hours they will pull you out due to safety of the tides.  There is also a marathon expo the saturday before and a Christmas jumper compition


30/09/2013 at 19:41

I'm in

I had a private deal with myself that if I got a sub 2hr time in my half marathon at the weekend, then I would sign up for this...

I'd best start increasing that mileage!!


01/10/2013 at 00:31

Hi all - thought I'd pop in as am 99% sure of entering.

I did the half marathon in February this year and to be honest there were bits that I didn't enjoy that much.  It was the first sunny day of the year so half of Portsmouth came out for a nice genteel walk down the promenade, only to be faced with 1000 runners weaving in and out them.  I almost got mowed down by a kid on a scooter and tripped over by some dogs.  On the plus side, the goodie bag was ace and included something that I never thought I would wear, a snood - which I now swear by on long cold bike rides.  I don't think that the pedestrian problem will be there in December somehow so should be good.

Having done a very poor marathon at Ironman UK, I vowed to spend the winter trying to improve my run before doing the Outlaw iron distance tri in July.  The timing of this marathon is therefore perfect as I can do this, have a Christmas booze fest and then start Outlaw training programme on 1st Jan.  Perfect.  Bikes are locked in the shed, only swimming once a week and am running 4 x a week and am on schedule.  Not fast, but on schedule.

Am doing Basingstoke half this weekend, Solent Half the following week so we'll see how they go before Gosport Half in November which was my first ever half marathon in 2012 so am hoping for an improved time from last year.

If anyone wants a 10 miler as part of their prep, can I suggest the Lordshill 10 mile in Southampton on 3rd November.  Nice low key race mainly on closed roads.  I'll be there as a marshall.

The big debate for me is do I dare wear my Lordshill RR shirt given that it clearly says "Southampton" on it.  Portsmouth locals are not too fond of us Southampton folk so I could get a bit of abuse - could make me run faster I suppose.

Good luck and see you at the back of the start line.

03/10/2013 at 08:55

Dean - Good luck for Basingstoke on Sunday. It's my local half, and I'll be running too.
Won't be attempting a PB, but expect to smash my course record.

I'm also doing Gosport, just signed up. I'll aim for a PB there.

Still not signed up to this.. just recovering from shin splints, so want to hit about 17mi training run before I commit.

Doubt I'll try and PB Pompey if I do end up running. Have Brighton in April for that.

Only up to 13mi at the moment! Better get a move on.

04/10/2013 at 22:57

Cheers Trippr.  I'm looking forward to Sunday and the weather forecast looks good.  I'm just using it as a long run so am not intending to try and do anything silly, not that I am fast enough anyway. 1:50 will do me this week; like you, the PB aim is Gosport.

Good luck for Sunday too.

05/10/2013 at 07:11

I must be mad - entry in the post today.

05/10/2013 at 17:32

Dean a Southampton shirt in portsmouth is surely a death wish !!! 

06/10/2013 at 15:21

Little Miss Happy - I think I'm mad to have signed up too

36 miles this week for me - I seem to have recovered from last weeks half ok.

How's everyone else's training going? Are you following any specific plans?



06/10/2013 at 16:02

I'm currently recovering from an IM and tapering for a half next weekend - hope to be back in training after that

07/10/2013 at 22:22
I've entered this and it will be my second marathon with the first being in Tenby in July this year in the lovely heat wave! I'm hoping this will be a little easier and less hilly! Tenby really was not for the faint hearted, I completed the Cardiff half marathon yesterday in 2:01 so I hoping for near the 4 hour mark for this one. Training back to my 5 days a week incorporating one long one a week, I've got the running bug bad since starting in January, if anyone has any recommendations for future events please let me know x
Mr Zuvai    pirate
08/10/2013 at 15:00

a running vest/shirt with Southampton wouldn't be any problem at all, there are often southampton runners here in Portsmouth for various races without incident.

I wouldn't advise wearing a Southampton FC football shirt though....

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