In short: Loved nearly every minute of it! In full: Why is everyone moaning so much about the parking?!?! I thought this was supposed to be a review about the race! OK so the organisation is part of the whole experience but the website did advise parking in the town. I parked at Gunwharf Quays and got out with no bother at all(a bit of a walk to and from the race but that only serves as a good warm up and down before and after the race - despite looking a bit of a pillock walking round a shopping centre with a foil blanket!)
This was my first GSR and first ever race. Didn't manage the time we were hitting in training and would have liked to have done better (never content me!) but I enjoyed the whole experience. The rail works didn't help the volume of traffic - nice planning National Rail!!! Doh!
The organisation I thought was excellent - bit congested so question the 18,500 limit being too high. Nice course though and above all else I would really like to thank and congratulate Portsmouth on it's atmosphere and the people who made the effort to cheer perfect strangers on despite the atrocious weather - good on ya people.
The last 2 miles were hell and the finish line was bliss - will be back again next year to shave 10% off our time - or else! Date of review: November 1, 2007