In short: Fantastic!! In full: This was my fifth time running the London Marathon, and this was easily the best supported...A 26.2 mile street party, well done London, and thank you Flora for 14 years of supporting the event. I'm gonna miss them yellow and green balloons at each mile marker - I truly uplifting sight, every time you see one, counting down each mile.... Date of review: April 27, 2009
In short: Glorious Scenery In full: Very well organised event. The course is quite hilly, however the long downward stretchs make up for the 3-4 steep upward climbs. Excellent for spectators, as they get to see the start, 3k, 7k and the Finish all within a short walk from the car park.
Will definetly be back next year! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Poorly organised In full: Start was a shambles. I turned up at the collage at 10.30, registered, went to the loo. I then found out that the start was a mile away, and ended up running for 10 mins to the seafront. Can I suggest to the organisers that the registration is as the start, not the finish !
First half of the race is a very nice run along the seafront, the second half not as good, could have done with a few more marshalls to stop traffic.
Goody bag, was a certificate, lots of leaflets and a cereal bar...oh and a cheap shoe brush! Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Very fast course In full: I ran this instead of the Great North Run, and for me, this race is better, simply because getting in and out of Portsmouth is so much easier by train (not sure why so many people need to drive!). Very well organised, weather was good for running as rain kept people cool and there was no wind. "Goody" bag, was really a bag full of leaflets with a drink and T shirt thrown in, could have done with something edible in it.
Lots of support on course, nice to see bits of Portsmouth Ive never seen before. Course is flat, and made for a pb (wind permitting) ; will defintely be back next year. Date of review: October 27, 2008