In short: Beautiful scenery and great local support In full: Thanks to the organisers for a great race well supported, everything a local race should be.
So, how can a race such as this make significant road closures for under a tenner (and about 400 entrants I think) yet others are pushing twnty quid, or the BUPA rip off races are pushing 30? Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: No thanks. In full: I had a fantastic day and this feedback is unbalanced. The good things that people have said are true BUT:
(a) I lined up on the start just 10 yards behind the elite pen, only to see a captain scarlet and an 85 year old man in front of me. Were they really 55min runners? No. The organiser needs to do more to stop this or they will loose the club runner contingent. In fact they already have - at my 6min/mile pace, this was a lonley race. From 7 to 8.5 miles, I was alone, very alone (perhaps all my peers were stuck behind captain scarlet). Looking forward to Hayling 10 when there'll be a few more folks about.
(b) The mile markers employed that well-known technique called "nearest lampost'll do"
(c) Not a lot of support really. Portsmouth didn't really turn out - pockets of ten or 20 supporters at points along the course. (Well done to runners' families and friends tho - great support around the pier etc..) Portsmouth have got a long way to go before they match the east end of London during at FLM. And it *was* a nice day
So it's no thanks for me. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A great outing! In full: This is a great race and I shall add it to my calendar. Not quite sure what my £13 is paying for - that's nearly in BUPA territory (well, not quite, but it's more than the £6 - £8 that most local events cost. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Same levels of organisation as FLM!! In full: This is a great race! The organisation is breathtaking, but somehow this didn't seem to remove the atmosphere. Not really a run for the elite - there's only recognition of 1st & 2nd, only one vet category. But excellent for the runner who wants to try out a 10k without the oppressive "charidy" tag. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Very friendly local feel - if you're a local club member, you'll see everyone you know! In full: A very friendly race that is exceedingly well marshalled and policed. Can't put my finger on it, but there is a really local atmosphere to this race even though there's a significant number of fast runners up the sharp end. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Great race, great organisation In full: Hottest day of the year so far didn't help, neither did a couple of complete idoit drivers (this is the IoW, I guess :) but this is a great race, great organisation, and the club house bar makes for a nice post race atmosphere! Date of review: June 20, 2005