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
In short: Challenging, whatever the weather. In full: It just gets better every time. Great atmosphere, well routed with fabulous marshalls. Refreshments were at just the right distances especially the 14 and 18 mile ones and the cakes and fruit were delicious. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 14, 2012
In short: A TOUGH AND CHALLENGING RUN, BUT THROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. VERY FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE, CLUB MEMBERS AND ORGANISERS VERY WELCOMING AND CHATTY. GREAT ORGANISATION. CAKES ON THE WAY ROUND, WERE WELL NEEDED, AND EVERYTHING WAS WELL THOUGHT OFF. Date of review: February 14, 2012
In short: Train hard for this one! You'll need it! In full: My longest run in prep for this was 16 miles xc with hard hills, but I still struggled a bit. This is definately a course to aim for getting round, not for times! Nice touch having bananas, mars bars etc on the water stations, and getting a t-shirt was a bonus too! Spectacular scenery! Date of review: February 14, 2012
In short: Not one for the road shoes In full: Tried this again for the first time in 3 years. Route may have changed a bit but little else. The new track up Butser Hill is shorter but steeper, with an interesting chalk / mud / ice / slush / running water mix underfoot. Great organisation and atmosphere, miles just flew past and there's still tea and cakes at the end. Date of review: February 13, 2012