In short: Those hills!! In full: Scenery through Snuff Mills was gorgeous. The heat and the hills combined meant I had to walk the end of all the hills - so I'll be back next year to beat them! Was pleasantly surprised, when I got my race pack through, to find that it was chip timed. Organisation was generally good although I (generally) only saw every other kilometre marker (probably just me), and when I did see 2 consecutive markers they must have been out as according to my watch I did 1k in about 3 mins (I wish!) Makes a nice change to have a mug at the end. Date of review: April 18, 2011
In short: Great scenery - but beware the hills! In full: A great big THANK YOU to the BV Lions for organising this and to all the marshalls for standing out in the wind!
A tough race, made tougher by the wind I think. The last hill was tough, but (just about) doable. Great atmosphere with lots of runners coming out to support us plodders after they had finished. Wouldn't recommend to beginners purely because of the hills! Gorgeous scenery. All mile markers/water stations well signposted. Very good price. More than happy to pay it, especially as it is raising funds for the Lions club. 2 small improvements - try to do something about the crush through the gateway at the start and put some info on the webpage about where & how many water stations there will be. Got a 'hilly' half PB so very happy! May well be back next year! Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: a Great day! In full: Overall very well organised. As always, could use more toilets! Loved the bands on route (especially the folk band at mile 4!) and there were loads of supporters. The Bupa Boost Zone really did give me a boost right at the end of the race. Loved going past HMS Victory & Warrior.
On the downside, at about 7/8 miles we went past what smelt like a sewerage works, which wasn't nice. Could do with signs from the GSR to the rail stations (there were signs from the stations to GSR, but not the other way) - though whether this is an issue for the race organisers or Portsmouth CC i'm not sure. Slightly tarnished my experience as it meant i was walking round portsmouth for an hour when all i wanted to do was have a rest.
Would like to do it again, but not sure if i can justify spending that sort of money again (as a poor student) Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: Great scenery In full: The scenery was fantastic. The first few miles were very undulating, later on it was still undulating but less so. The costal breeze was nice, but there were times when it was hard work running into strong gusts. The mile markers went 'backwards' (i.e. started from '26 miles to go' and went down) which threw me a bit.
Well organised event.
As it was a small field, it did feel like a training run at times. The support from the locals, marshalls and police was great. :) Date of review: September 4, 2010
In short: Well organised! In full: Well organised race, the wave starts are good. Loved the goody bag (lots of chocolate!) and I thought the goody bag collection, by size of t-shirt in the bag, was a good idea! I prefer a cotton t-shirt, so I liked that too. Definite PB potential (there was a hill at 12 miles? that's not a hill ;-)!) - just wish I'd had a working watch! Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Could do much better In full: The crowds on the course were excellent!
Goody bag was OK but had some random contents.
It seems to me that this was not organised by runners. An 11am start seems very late, but then it was delayed by 30 mins so completely messed me up (i had done training runs starting at 11 so i could get nutrition/hydration right for race day...) and also meant we were running in the hottest part of the day. I'm not a fan of the fact that it's a 2 lap course (I did know this before but thought I'd give it a chance) although I didn't mind being lapped as much as I thought I would (I'm a plodder). I thought it was nice that lots of the plodders gave a cheer to the elite runners as they passed! there was a bit of chaos when the elite started to lap us - many people were still on the wrong side of the road, could they not have divided the road to prevent this? I didn't like being shouted at to move over because 'elite athletes are coming through', don't know why, just the tone I think!
I think I'll stick to my local one next year! Date of review: March 16, 2009