In short: A race of two halves - Scenically In full: The Gosport Half is a fast and flat course around Gosport and along Stokes Bay. Its a course of two halves one side of the course is run along Stokes Bay with excellent views across the Solent. Crossing Haslar bridge you get stunning views across the yacht harbour with the Spinnaker Tower in front of you. This leads you to the other side of the course which takes in Gosport town very urban.
The course itself is 1 small lap and 2 large it is well marshalled, I personally felt no threat from the traffic, drink stations well manned and evenly spaced.
Managed V40 PB by 4mins so pleased with that.
Well done Gosport RR for another good race. Date of review: November 25, 2007
In short: What.... no hill at 7 miles In full: A different course this year to improve safety. The new course still has the quiet leafy country lanes, but no hill at 7 miles, was enhanced this year by the Autumn sunshine. The last 2.5 miles is around an industrial estate which leads to the finish.
Well marshalled and the route was virtually traffic free apart from the start and finish.
In short: Scenic Road Race In full: A scenic half-marathon run on the outskirts of the New Forest. Managed to knock 2mins of my V40 PB which I was pleased with as the course is undulating. Marshalling was good and they managed to keep the traffic under control when required. As mentioned in other posts the 3 & 12 mile markers were suspect. Date of review: October 7, 2007
In short: Off-Road Perfection In full: Ironically, for a club based in the city, the Portsmouth Joggers organise some teriffic off-road races in the country.
I was looking for a race to close the Summer season, the idea being to relax and enjoy the run. The Stansted Slog was perfect.
The majority of the race was off-road/trail, only using the roads to link the footpaths together. Marshalling and course marking was good and frequent ensuring no wrong turns.The views across the countryside were picturesque with some nice woodland trails as well. A tough course but the views are worth it. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Tough but the views are worth it. In full: For those who want a challenging Half Marathon, Swanage provides the answer. Having said that, it also provides a picturesque run through the Dorset countryside. Well marshalled and plenty of sponge & drink stations. Date of review: July 29, 2007
In short: Nice weather..... In full: The last race in the HRRL season and the warm weather bought out a large field and some good crowd support.
After two exceptional races (Stubbington and Eastleigh)I was hoping to exorcize (or exercise) the demons as Totton is usually my bogey race. But once again the demons came back to haunt me. I had a terrible race eventually completing the course in around 50 mins, I was hoping for 44mins.
Back to the race. This is an excellent course if you are looking for a PB or fast time. The course itself is very urban taking in a housing estate and industrial estate. Marshalling and course set up was excellent, although the first 1K got a bit congested. Although it was an urban course you never felt threatened by the traffic.
Race headquarters including the start and finish was also excellent with lots of off road areas to warm up/cool down.
Thanks to all involved. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: April 15, 2007
In short: No frills 10K In full: This is an urban course around the outskirts of Eastleigh finishing at the local leisure centre. The course was fairly traffic free and marshalls were positoned at all the major junctions. Their is a good chance of a PB on this course, with only one incline at 3.5K. Crowd support was good especially at 5K. Overall a well organised race with a nice T-Shirt for your efforts.