In short: A fast five. In full: Sadly this will be its last running in December, as of next year the race will be run in Sepetember. A wonderful crisp and sunny afternoon greeted the runners to this excellent pre-Christmas 5 mile race. The course takes you along the Hilsea foreshaw around the North Harbour Business park and back again. A traffic free route and good marshalling. If you are looking for a fast 5 mile PB then this is the course for you. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Undulating yet scenic... In full: A scenic and undulating run through the New Forest and its villages. Well marshalled with 4 water stops. Well done to all for the organisation. Date of review: November 30, 2008
In short: fast & flat but uninspiring In full: Firstly well done to the Gosport Road Runners for all their hardwork and negotiations to enable this race to proceed and not end up on the scrapheap like so many races nowadays.
The new course was implemented to allow this race to proceed. There were teething problems, mainly the start, but I am sure this will be sorted for 2009.
The course was virtually traffic free and took in the grounds of HMS Daedelus. Very uninspiring, but at least you got some views across the Solent. Well marshalled.
In short: Where was that hill !!!! In full: Whilst warming up all the talk was about a nasty hill at around 9.5 miles. But the hill never appeared just a gradual incline to about 10.5 miles.
This was my first BG 1/2, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Traffic free country lanes and a short section of cart track. Highlight for me was running through the grounds of Christs Hospital which boasted some impressive buildings.
A well organised race well done to all involved. Date of review: November 2, 2008
In short: A scenic run In full: This is the first time I have run this race and I will be back next year. A scenic run through country lanes taking in views of the River Avon. The course is challenging with a 'nice suprise' at 5 miles.
It would have been nice to see more marshalls around the 1-3 miles section, as traffic and cyclists were a bit of a problem. Other than that the course was well marked with arrows and marshalls at the major junctions.
In short: The sun has got its hat on.... In full: I opted for the shorter slug (8 miles) this year and its just as enjoyable as its longer relative.
A glorious sunny morning greeted the runners for this challenging off-road race. What a way to close the Summer season and open the Autumn. A mixture of cart tracks, woodland paths and a couple of road sections to link them up.
Only one small hiccup was when we were sent the wrong way at about 5.5 miles adding an extra mile to the route.
Nice to receive a quality engraved medal at the end as well.
Well done to all at PJC. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: No fuss 5 miles In full: The Victory 5 is a no fuss out back 5 mile race. A traffic free course run along Stamshaw foreshore and the North Harbour business park. Strong winds put pay to any fast times, but with favourable conditions this can be a really fast course. Date of review: December 2, 2007