In short: good and very very bad In full: First time I have raced the GSR and I loved it. Lots of encouragement throughout the wet course. As other reviews have mentioned, the people who came out to support should be applauded. Loved the Irish Band at the four mile point. I even enjoyed the last 2 miles (the music really helped). I had not run a 10 mile race in 4 years and beat my PB by 6 minutes (1.27)
The race itself was well organised then………………………
It took us 2 hours to get from Kent to Portsmouth that morning and we parked fine. Yet getting out was a nightmare, ended up on a road that merged with the exit from the common, went nowhere for ages. Big thanks to the 7 policeman who stood by a roundabout near the common for 2 hours doing nothing until they all got in a van and then drove up the inside of queuing traffic. It has been said by others, yet I can only repeat that they must be better ways to manage the traffic. I have read elsewhere that only 11,000 ran, I dread to think how long we would have had to wait if everyone turned up (probably still be there). With traffic delays on the A3 it took us 7 hours to get home (with an hour pub stop for something to eat)
It is such as shame, this was probably my favourite race yet the traffic nightmare will make me consider if it is worth doing again
In short: ok race In full: Lovely day, scenic course and well marshalled around the course.
Organisation could have been a lot better though. Starting the fun run next to the car park as runners for the 10k were arriving seemed a little daft. Likewise when finishing the race having to queue for 15 mins to get a water (and goody bag) was crazy. Luckily my wife had some water to give to me. Lastly i heard one of the people at the desk where the goody bags were, tell a runner in a surely manner that they were only allowed one piece of fruit - no well done etc. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: oh that last hill In full: First time since 2004, sun out again. Excellent encouraging marshals. I really enjoyed this race, it wasn't easy, yet that makes it interesting. I got a great sense of achievement running up those hills (even though i was overtaken by the walkers on the way down. Roll on next year Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: pot noodle? In full: Run a bluewater 10K a few years ago and it was very flat as we ran around the outskirts of the shopping centre a few times. Was therefore surprised to head out to the Dartford crossing with (as mentioned) a few up and downs in the first half. Perhaps i should have paid more attention to the course pack.
Loved the t-shirt and can wear it to train unlike other t-shirts you sometimes get at races.
Nice Calypso music around the course and enjoyed listening to Statler and Waldorf commentating at the end. Not too sure the pot noodle will ever be opened though Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: excellent little event for those up early on a Saturday In full: Friendly bunch, well organised. Time trial starts in little waves so those faster runners are of first. Good encouragement near the finish line and home by 9, lovely. Date of review: August 4, 2007
In short: excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon In full: It's all been said, encouraging marshalls all the way round the course, plenty of people at the finish line, extremely well organised. Different types of terrain made the race interesting although that stretch from mile 2 to 3 seemed to go on forever
Also my first time at this event and i will be back next year Date of review: June 3, 2007
In short: excellent race once started In full: After walking around for 10 mins trying to find the start, i found this race was marshalled extremely well. Quite scenic after a couple of kms and a uphill finish. i think my legs will ache in the morning Date of review: May 22, 2005