In short: Excellent race. In full: This was an excellent race, which may well end up being one of my favourite regional 10K races. Excellent PB potential as it is rather flat. Good atmosphere, especially along the seafront, with some lovely scenery as well. Good value for money, with a nice medal and some enjoyable goodies. Although I didn't achieve a PB, this was my first 10K race after a break of nearly a year, and my time exceeded my expectations, so I'm quite happy. I will definitely be doing it again next year. Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: My 2nd GSR. In full: Really enjoyed it. Heavy traffic in and out of Portsmouth but only have myself to blame as I decided to drive instead of taking the train.
The race itself is excellent. Flat course, great PB potential. Managed to take 14 minutes off my time from last year - so I will definitely be doing this a 3rd time next year. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Good race, toilets could have been better. In full: The Good: 1. Helen Mirren's cameo appearance at the START line. 2. The random piece of rubber flapping in the wind outside New Look. Classy! 3. Denture World - someone should turn that into a nationwide chain. 4. The "Keep Calm and Carry on up the Hill" sign at the steep hill. 5. The jelly babies. Except I didn't have any because I'm watching my weight. 6. Enthusiastic support from the locals. 7. Excellent marshals. 8. Nice medal. 9. Bananas (no trip to ASDA for me this week) 10. Pint of cider at the pub
The bad: The lack of a sense of comradery with the other runners. It all felt a bit elitist and exclusive.
The ugly: The toilets. Date of review: September 25, 2011