A great race, really enjoyed it, almost a PB for me. I was in the orange wave which was off like a shot at the start with minimal weaving (unlike last year's green wave experience where I didn't hit my stride until Old Portsmouth)
But I also had the watch/chip time discrepancy:
Garmin distance: 10.09 miles (just could be down to a bit of weaving and not being exactly on the racing line)
Watch time; 1:28:44
Chip time: 1:29:01...a 17 second discrepancy
I dug out my records for GSR 2009 to compare any discrepancy:
Garmin distance: 10.08 (again, within margin of error over 10 miles)
watch time: 1:35:44
chip time: 1:35:45
Would be interesting to hear any response from Greatrun on this.
moral of the story is it's a big popular run with 19000 other runners, the majority if which will be slower than you - if you want a PB, get to the front of your wave early. Turning up at 1100 for an 1108 start (even if delayed by 5mins ) won't cut it (that's what I did)
The organisers should (frequently) repeat the request over the PA for walkers to walk at the edge of the course.
I decided to avoid the shower as I knew the westerly wind was coming at mile 8. Didn't find the wind too bad - that stretch of seafront is my usual training route so maybe I'm used to it.
By the way, did anyone else run past a 7 foot tall Iggle Piggle? Or was I hallucinating?
Weather held up well. I was aiming for 1:30, but did 1:35. Did the first 2 miles weaving around the masses of walkers (WHY DO PEOPLE WALK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - AND IN THE FIRST MILE??) and slower runners. My fault - I should have made more effort to get nearer the front. My 8th GSR and all in all still a great event (though it appears to have been credit crunched judging by the fairly boring medal - compared to the spectacular designs on years past)