In short: Windy & wet but still my fastest time!!!??? In full: Excellent event again. Well marshalled, well signed and the addition of a lucozade sport station was very welcome. Only two gripes - the goody bag was a bit stingey for the entry fee and it took me almost as long to get my car off Southsea Common as it did to run the race! Organisers might want to look at these for next year, but I'll still be back for more. Date of review: October 31, 2006
In short: Really good fun but oh so hot! In full: Fairly challenging course with testing hills from 3k to 6k, good scenery and pretty well supported at the start and finish areas. A really hot day - about 26 degrees when I finished - made it hard work but an extra water station in the race made it (very) slightly easier. Couldn't fault the organisation or the marshalls so well done to Deal Tri. Definitely one for next year - I just hope it won't be so hot! Date of review: July 25, 2006
In short: Really hard but rewarding and emotional In full: This was my first marathon and at the end I said "never again" ... but now I am waiving and will probably apply again next year!
The organisation was awesome from the marshalls at Blackheath Station to the kit bag handlers on the common right through to the chip collectors at the finish.
The hardest bit of the race was around docklands. Not too many people round here and i found it hard going, especially because I picked up a hip injury around 14 miles. The crowds thickened again at 20 miles and seeing my wife at 23 miles though was very emotional and spurred me on. Not finishing was never an option.
I followed the Runners World schedule for 4.30 but with the injury completed the race in 4.54. I think I will try to get back next year just to see if I can beat this time without an injury, although I suspect it will be on a charity bond as I got in on the ballot this year. You never know though...! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Fourth time I've run this race - looking forward to the fifth next year! In full: I heard that there are concerns that the organisers believe the race has got too big for Portsmouth to handle and that next years race might shift location. That would be a great shame. Keep the race in Pompey. Date of review: October 18, 2005
In short: Great course, great atmosphere, great run! In full: Much better this year with the staggered starts and championchip timing. Why is this race still treated as a poor relation by the media? The North gets all the attention, draws all the celebs and big name UK athletes. The GSR is the biggest 10 miler in EUROPE and gets 40 minutes on Channel 5 at half past midnight, virtually no paper coverage and few top class athletes. This should be addressed to ensure continued high successes. Date of review: October 15, 2004