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
In short: Hardest first 2k I've ever run! In full: I went to get a bacon butty, an hour before the race, and the lady serving said that I would be wasting my money, as I would throw up before I got to the top of the hill.
I'm just glad that I took her advice ! Very steep, and long hill at the start, but worth the views at the top..
Well organised race, although probably not one for a first timer as very hilly and demanding.
Nice T shirt (bit on the large side), and hand made mug.
I was aiming to get under 1 hour, official time 1.00.01.....
In short: Hot...very hot. In full: The weather made this a very demanding course, congratulations to all those who completed the course. Only gripe was 2nd water station, which was low on water (completely due to weather).
Will deninitely be back next year. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Good Race - Bad transport In full: Race itself is good, well organised, but why on earth do they not put on more trains at South Shields? I finished race at 12-45, but I didnt get to Newcastle central till 5.30, because the Newcastle transport system cant cope. I think they need to find a different location!