In short: Great experience but wave management needs improvement In full: I studied at the University of Portsmouth some 20 years ago, so it was a bit of a special race, returning after so long. It's a great course and the support was fantastic; giving it my all for the last two miles along the seafront will stay with me for a long time.
Was really surprised to find people walking after only a mile though, and I was in the middle wave (target 1:30). Similarly, there were people sprinting past for the first five miles or so.
That said, the behaviour and the spirit of the runners was magnificent, and I didn't hear a bad word uttered by anyone (in contrast to some of the attitudes experienced on the London - Brighton bike ride).
I don't know what target times my wave encompassed, but I think the event would benefit from more waves and/or from making an effort to assemble them from fastest to slowest. Maybe a bit of running etiquette could be drilled in? Date of review: October 29, 2012