In short: A proper race with picture postcard views In full: Congrats to everyone who competed the race. Well done to the marshalls, the Police and the drivers of the buses. Great weather, smooth organisation and an 'Italian Job' style bus ride to the start - see you next year !!!!! Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Basingstoke Half a challenge of alpine proportions - but fun !!! In full: Great race, weather was kinder to us all this year. The hills which include Bedlam Bottom are mildy undulating to say the least, but nothing too hard. Great organisation and well organised and excellently marshalled - WELL DONE. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Awesome In full: No grumbles, I knew it was a mass participation event, knew the course would be crowded, knew the queue to the toilets would be long, knew the traffic would be hell on earth......... however; I love this race !!!!! entered for 2012 - can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!! Rocky Balboa Date of review: November 1, 2011
In short: Scorchio !!!!!! but brilliant In full: Great race, not much anyone could have done about the weather. Will be back next year for sure. Well done to the organisers, the marshalls and the incredible support along the route. Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: A challenging two lap 5 miler around a charming village In full: Change in direction of the course this year, some liked it - some did'nt. What hadn't changed from previous years was the great organisation and support from the locals around the Village. Well done Overton Harriers Athletic club, see you next year. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: One for the diary In full: As usual; a fantastic point to point race. I for one love the Police escort to the start and it never ceases to amaze me how they can get 4 x huge coaches up those tiny lanes to the start. One previous reviewer mentioned a late start and was quite negative about the event - it was only 5 minutes late off !!!! everyone I spoke to enjoyed the experience - including the tea & cakes afterwards.
Well done Overton Athletics Club, the marshalls, the Police and those brave coach drivers.
Will be back next year....again !!!!!!!! Date of review: April 5, 2011
In short: Never again............well not until next year anyway In full: No great issues for me - thought it was another great day for the organisers and the event itself. I was on the red start and in 'pen 8' the marshalls were very strict on who got into our pen which was a bit harsh considering this was the second to last pen - it sounds as if those marshals were needed at the sharp end.
Not the organisers thought, but I thought the 'essential' work required on the Bakerloo line on the day when 100's of thousands of people descend on Central London was laughable.....GENIUS !!! Date of review: April 27, 2010
In short: Big race with big race feel In full: My 13th GSR and I never tire of running around Portsmouth - I'll be back next year.
I learnt from last year that parking on Southsea Common is farcical, so for the first time I parked on a road closeby and 'paid and displayed' which was only slightly more expensive than parking on the Common - but without the huge delays getting out.
Not sure what happened to the 'wave' system, as the was no delay between 'A,B & C's' - which was strange as it advertised as such and ultimatley was needed to stretch the field out to avoid bunching and allow an easier passage for faster runners to get by those who were classifed in the wrong wave.