In short: Toughest race I've ever run... Just brutal conditions! In full: Horrendous rain and a ve ry cold wind, add the tough hills, high levels of water and mud that was almost knee deep in places made this energy sapping run tough as old boots. However, the marshals were just brilliant; encouraging and with plenty of snacks and drinks on offer. The hot, sweet tea was like liquid gold at mile 17. Great organisation, well done Pompey Joggers :-) x from a Victory runner Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Hardest Race I have Done!!! In full: Well that was different, probably the hardest race I have done. Firstly there was lots and lots etc of mud, water and hills. The terrain was brutal, but was all made worthwhile by the other competitors but more importantly the organizers and helpers. Praise for them couldn't be higher and the man who made me a coffee at the last water stop should be Knighted LOL
In short: Awesome,brutal in places,energy sapping and utterly relentless MUD! In full: A BIG thankyou to all the marshalls that did an outstanding job throughout the race their direction and help made my race that more easier . Also thanks to all the people who came out to support.Lastly a special BIG THANKYOU to the person who found my car key and handed it in, i think my two running buddies and i would of died of hypothermia standing next to a car not being able to get in!! Great race cheers! Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: This is the most wet, cold, muddy and nearly suffering from hypothermia despite wearing plenty of clothes since I did Tough Guy in January 2004 In full: fantastic food stations enabled me to get round in a reasonable time despite the awful conditions - most of the off road paths resembled small streams and some of the narrow uphill sections had such deep gullies they were unrunable! In summary extreme long distance MT racing and great training for the grizzly as well! Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Extraordinary conditions made this one for the memory bank In full: It would be a challenging course at the best of times: hilly,difficult woodland tracks etc. However add sleety-rain, cold-wind, rivers of rain-water flowing hither and thither, puddles...no, not puddles but mini-lakes of ice-cold water (up to my knees in one)and mud whose sole aim was to take one or both of my running shoes (it succeeded 4 times) and you have a run that will live long in my memory. All those starting the run were brave, managing to finish it was a terrific achievement - times were not important today.
h/t to the wonderful marshals who braved the elements and gave great support. h/t to the water-station minders with cake, tea and coffee,jelly-babies etc.
More changing and shower facilities would be good.
If you want to challenge yourself put this run in your calender. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: A Hampshire Epic. There may be worse conditions than those on the 2013 plod... In full: ...but having just got through that today I cannot imagine what they are. I have just been trying to decide if it was the mud, relentless rain, trails turned to rivers, or, the hills that made it quite so brutal. Has to be the driving rain freezing your face so that it aches as the reward for hauling yourself up to the top of some epic hills. I almost cried when I saw 19 miles and realised I was going to make it! I was very proud to pocket my medal but it did make me smile that everything was so damned wet that the Porstmouth Joggers commemorative writing washed off. I did think why dont they run this incredible route in the summer months but then I guess that would not be the character of the plod.. Thanks to everyone involved. Highly recommend. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: What a great race In full: For me a marathon in all but name. A friendly, small-race feel - especially at the start, all crammed into the Scout Hall. The race was what I expected - a very long 21 miles - ice, snow, mud and 3000 feet of climb. Fantastic. Water stops were great - super selection of nibbles. It's the first race where I was tempted to stop and chat. A minute here or there made no difference to my time. And a huge thanks to the marshall at the final stop who gave me the coffee. Just what I needed. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Fabulous race, great course, great banter and great organisation. In full: Been planning on doing this race for ages and wasn't disappointed. Lovely scenery, tough without being silly and the best water stations that I've ever experienced. Well done to all at PJC and all who completed the race. Date of review: February 14, 2012