In short: Glorious day for running In full: Fantastic weather made this race special today. Everyone very friendly and generally well organised. This was my 3rd time doing this run and I opted again for the 10 miler.
I think this race, now in it's 20th year is growing out of it's Bramley School HQ but not sure if there are any other options. There was a very crowded entrance and bag drop off points not well sign posted. Ambulances decided to drive through the line up point 5 minutes before race start. However, the course was well marshalled with a few welcome spectators dotted around to give some encouragement.
Glorious scenery, a nice mix of runners both club and recreational made this a race I will definitely put on my calendar for next year. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Nice n' Fast In full: Read the reviews previously on this race and the flat, fast course certainly lived up to expectations. On the ground, not the most picturesque but plenty of support dotted around and great marshalling... there were loads about.
Had a great PB for first 10K then pulled my groin at mile 8 and slowed up as a result. Despite this just about 30 secs off my half personal best so will give this one a go again next year.
In short: Great day out In full: Very well organised with great crowd support, this was a fantastic day out despite my final time. Highlights, runners village, Great Pulteney Street, the band at Queens square, views of the landmarks and river, drinks stations, the only lowlight being not enough toilets once you were on the course.
Thanks to all the organisers for a good day out. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race which took you through some interesting bits of Portsmouth especially the Naval Dockyard. The weather was superb as were the other competitors I met. Achieved my own PB despite not having a good running day and if you can afford it I recommend you try this one out. Its worth inviting your friends / family along as well for the scenic views. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great Buzz, one of lifes must do's In full: Great day, my first marathon. Very busy so 10 minutes over target. Crowd were fantastic. The only thing that spoilt it was the anarchy afterwards at horse guards parade. Hot day for it but the thrill of doing this was unbeatable. Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Good Crowd In full: Writing this after a knackering but rewarding 21 miles. Very well organised with a good crowd, good marshals, well placed water stops. It would have been more convenient if they had a place you could put your bags safely.
In short: A victim of its own success ? In full: Good intentions however the beginning and end was chaotic - beginning, it was a shuffle along a small exit point to get to you time pens (and why do runners think they are going to go faster than they actually do) I overtook loads even though I was in the 1.50 pen and ended up doing 1.53.
Scenery included South Reading, Uni Campus a bit of the town, some industrial areas and finally the Madjeski.
At the end it was a fight for space blankets, medals and where the baggage trucks were.
Good points - crowd when they we were there / kids drumming with spatulers on tin cans ! toilets were plentiful, Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Great, once you've warmed up! In full: Great run and everything was very well organised. They even had toilets in the car park! Regular water stops and marshalls very supportive. Only minor gripe was cars on the course but fairly infrequent. Goods signs, fast course. I loved it and will definitely do it again. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: Muddy but rewarding experience. This was certainly longer than the 10km advertised In full: Huge queue for the toilets at the beginning was the only thing that spoiled it for me so in the end opted for the woods like many others. No waterstation either until the end. Would do it again and i'll bring some XC trainers next time ! Date of review: December 28, 2004