In short: If you like a tough, off-road challenge then this is your baby! In full: My 2nd visit to the mud and hills of the lovely Meon Valley. A wonderful day out and a superb event. The mud and hills were made all the more challenging for the addition of ice and slush! Excellent route-marking this year and the marshalls were superb. Thanks and congrats to all involved. Date of review: February 13, 2012
In short: Lordy lordy, my legs hurt In full: Errm, who decided to arrange for a bunch of masochists to run around a super long tough course in the icy grip of winter for the name of 'fun'?! But what fun it is! Great course, not too tough but certainly no slouch, the difficulty came from the length rather than the hills (altho they are not to be sneezed at!). Friendly marshalls, excellent snacks, super views, free tea and stuff at the end, and everyone had a smile on their faces. Got back home, roast on, claret opened, and a warm glow all over. This is what Britain is all about in the winter, a good mix of eccentric running and some rewards afterwards. Get involved!
Thanks for such a great run Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: I love this event, it is never the same, nature sees to that! In full: This year changes were forced apon the organisers, but it made no difference to them. They did a fantastic job yet again. I have done this event 8 times in the last 9 years and the weather is always "interesting" to say the least. Today was bittterly cold at the start and the ground was hard. As the temperture camp up it became slippery and muddy, it was great. Thank you again to Portsmouth Joggers for one of the best runs of the year. Today a special thanks to all the marshals rtc who braved the cold so that i could run. I will be back as this race really takes some beating. Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: Tough but enjoyable In full: Great route, very challenging terrain, nice views if the weather is good, fantastic and cheerful marshalls, lots of lovely bits of food at the water stations and free tea and cake for after the race! What's not to like? Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: Mud and hills with tea and cake, excellent! In full: Another well organised MVP from PJC, I loved it! Slightly disappointed that we didn't go all the way to the top of Butser Hill (SSSI now), but the incredibly slippery mud towards the top of the new route up added to the challenge. Several of us were trying to hang on to the fence to stay upright - the rain (just started) was helping 'oil' the path up nicely! I did enjoy the new section on Old Winchester Hill, I think it more than made up for taking out the long, slow drag up Butser. The tea at the Butser water station was very welcome, by that point I was drenched and quite chilly! I did notice that the rum hadn't been all that popular though... To conclude, a brilliant off-road race, lots of gratuitous hills, mud, glorious scenery, friendly and enthusiastic marshals (thank you all for your support!), well supplied water stations (love the option of cake, banana and jelly babies) and good organisation. I'm hoping to back again next year... :) Date of review: March 16, 2011
In short: hill, hill, hill, hill, rain, mud, hill, mud, rain, wind, mud, muddy hill, mud, cup of tea (mmmm), muddy rainy blowy hill In full: The hills made this a tough race, replacing any flat bit with muddy tracks made it damn right crazy, it pretty much broke me.
Very friendly & well stocked water stations (wet jelly babies actually taste quite nice).
I'll be back to exorcise some demons. Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: mud, hills, puddles, and weather all impeccably organised In full: If you ever need to find out how good your George Michaels are, enter this race. The ups, the downs, the mud, the puddles, the cake, the weather will all test you, your kit and your resolve. rest assured the Marshalls will look after you on the coures, the boot boys will clean and undo your shoes, and the tea ladies will feed and water you with all manner of lovely stuff. why are you waiting? put it in your diary NOW. Date of review: March 6, 2011