In short: Flat, Windy, but £41 for a 10 mile - really? In full: A nice route taking in the main sights of Southsea and Portsmouth. Very flat and if there was no wind factor then a very fast time is achievable.
The entry fee of £41 for a 10 mile race is shocking. It's another Event ticked off the list but I won't be back. Whilst BUPA do a great job with the overall organisation of these events and whilst they continue to grow in numbers the price will only go up and up in future. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: 3rd year running - It just gets better In full: My 3rd year at the BGBR. A great event and very likely to return again next year.
A tough undulating route might make a PB a big ask but that is what makes the race what it is. Superb atmosphere and support. A rousing finishing on Broad Street.
The usual gripe about BUPA events is of course the high entry fee and rubbish cotton t-shirt but of course they've got little incentive to do anything about it because it will always sell out and will only get bigger and bigger in the future.
Overall, given that i live fairly local, the positives outweigh the negatives and I'll be back. However if I was someone who had to travel from afar and stay in a hotel etc. then I'd probably steer clear because of the cost. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Off road trail race In full: A long established event and so it is very well organised and marshalled and with other supporting races on top of the main 10k event, this makes for a good family day out catering for all abilities.
This is 100% off road and although it is relatively flat, there are areas of long grass, narrow trails and even stiles making a PB time very unlikely. I finished 2 minutes slower than my average 10K time this year.
One major thing that disappoints me is that the organisers don't appear to obtain a UKA or ARC race licence for this and so the results will not appear on runbritain / power of 10 or on the ARC equivalent site. This will impact whether I choose to come back again in future years.
That aside it is a great event. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In short: Never fails to disappoint In full: My 3rd successive year at this race and as usual it is a great local, well supported and organised event.
A challenging course, and yes you do have to save yourself for the 9th KM which isn't necessarily a steep ascent but it certainly goes on a long way and will take it out of you if you go off too quickly at the start. But this isn't the only uphill. There's a bit of a climb needed at around 3k and a fairly tough one at 5k just before you cross through the park.
There is ample parking around the town centre if you allow plenty of time and a decent goody bad with a technical t-shirt thrown in - A vast improvement on last years offering.
Instant results from the chip-timing van and a 4.3k fun-run as well as a 1m shorter run make this a great event for all abilities.
Well done as ever Aldridge RC. Will look out for next years race date and book it in the diary. Date of review: June 14, 2013
In short: Flat, scenic, enjoyable race In full: My 2nd time at the Event having previously run it in 2011. This is a fast, flat, mainly off-road route taking in the scenic Elvaston Castle and Country Park and surrounding areas.
Previous comments mention the change of car park but I echo that this was well communicated and controlled on race day and a sensible 5 minute delay to the start time was allowed to ensure everybody made it.
The route is slightly different to what I remember from 2 years ago but it generally fast and flat and good weather will always give an opportunity for a fast time.
A vast improvement from my last run here is the technical t-shirt on offer - Great job. Once suggestion for improvement is that there should be a longer run-off area once you cross the finishing line. The run finishes on a fairly narrow path and with spectators and well wishers either side it can easily get congested.
Overall this a great and well established event. Excellent value with a quality t-shirt. Well done Sinfin. Date of review: June 6, 2013
In short: Atmospheric, quick, well supported race In full: A great event if a little pricey. Fast flat course allows for a good PB opportunity but with 4,000 entries you get a great buzz from taking part in a mass participation event.
Agree with the comments about the goody bag - but the haribo sweets were welcome. Nice to have a tech t-shirt too rather than a cotton effort.
In short: Superb Marathon warm-up In full: Such a well established and well organised race. I'll be back again whether I'm running a Spring Marathon or not. The hoodie alone is worth the entrance fee. Outstanding race. Date of review: May 2, 2013
In short: Wonderful fast flat 10k in park setting In full: A superbly organised 10k road race which is ideal for both first time/Beginner runners and 'Fasties' seeking a PB time.
The Foundation for Conductive Education being based on the edge of Cannon Hill Park put on an excellent race allowing great use of the facilities beforehand with plenty of toilets, refreshments, storage facilities and somewhere to keep warm on a cold day.
The route itself is a 2 lap fast flat course taking in the scenic Cannon Hill Park and a fairly long 'out n back' path all the way down to Kitchener Road, south of the park.
After the run, the HQ had a wide range of cakes and drinks (and the chance to warm up again :) ) as well as a nice presentation ceremony with plenty of 'spot prizes' on offer.
It's quite a low key event with around 170 runners but it has deservedly been growing in recent years and 2012 saw a record attendance. Furthermore the results were published within a few hours of the finish despite the fact there was no chip timing.
All-in-all a great event and all in aid of a great cause too. From a personal viewpoint I'll remember this race for the rest of my life as it enabled me to break the 40 minute 10k barrier for the first time and successfully achieve a target I had set myself at the start of the year.
Well done to all involved at the Foundation for Conductive Education. I look forward to running the race again. Date of review: November 5, 2012