In short: it is extremely tough but OMG the views are to die for (quite literally if you're not careful) In full: the fact it is called "the beast" says it all but wow that was tough! the hills were not kind and so glad i put in the training hours, but i tell you what - the views are amazing! the marshalls were amazing, plenty of water stations, it was all well sign posted and the sweepers behind us were very friendly. i cannot fault this race and the cream tea afterwards was orgasmic :D Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Really pretty with varied terrain - excellent marshals! In full: I only came along as a friend said they were running and I was very pleasantly surprised - really enjoyed it and loved the fact the route was multi terrain with lots to look at! Date of review: July 1, 2012
In short: definitely not flat! In full: having been born and bred in Fleet is was lovely to run on home soil - but i wouldn't say it was flat and fast, but i'm not a fast or experienced runner. the marshalls were faultless - lovely and total gratitude to the crowds outside the barley mow - amazing! it was lovely to have the crowds gathered on the last half a mile - i was in tears with pain and they were truly lifting and got me over the finish line - thank you! Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: very little support and very few marshals In full: I was looking forward to this one as I like Portsmouth and was settled knowing it would be a flat run - the terrain though - ouch - running across slushy shingle and rocks was not pleasant and my joints are shouting at me now. A few of the marshals were very encouraging and smiled and cheered - the rest were clearly not happy to be there, but then it was cold. It's a shame as on so many previous events the marshals have given me that lift to push a bit harder. Tough terrain but pleasant scenery. Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: Thank goodness for the scenery! In full: So I had to park nearly a mile from the start, queue half an hour for the toilet and the race started uphill! Disappointed with the lack of water stations especially as it was a hot day, but once we entered the park it was stunning. I had 4 horses on my tail getting me up what felt like Mount Everest, but the supporters with Jelly Babies at the bottom were angels!
I have to say - what annoyed me the most - we were originally told that those people caught with iPods would be disqualified and yet people were running with them and nothing was done and I really missed running with my music! Sorry to moan but disappointing. Date of review: September 27, 2011