In short: IIt was tough so I felt that I'd really achieved something worthwhile In full: Even though at one point I was last the scenery and support of the marshalls got me going up the field. I should have worn trail shoes but it was so muddy it probably didn't matter. The rain just added to the cool feeling I got when I saw the finish. I've done it before 10 years ago but it must get better with age. Excellent day thanks to all the organisers and marshalls - well worth the effort and entry fee. Date of review: March 5, 2011
In short: This is a tuff but very rewarding race, well organised and you are well looked after all the way round with food and drink and encouragment. In full: Very muddy and hilly, (but not as it has been in previous years i am told)I found the hills etc detracted from the fact you were running such a long distance, much more interesting than a road race. Marshalls cheer you on instaed of standing looking miserable and pointing like they do at some races. So well organised there are people to wash your shoes off at the end and undo your laces. Cakes and hot drinks at the end were great as well. Top marks Portsmouth Joggers. Date of review: March 4, 2011
In short: Mud and more mud! In full: I have got to say this was the hardest race I have every done. It was very challenging with all those hills and running in ankle deep mud was no fun. I quit twice at 10 miles and again at 17 miles. The thing that keep me going was the motivation of other runners and the Marshall's without them I would never had achieved this race. I can't thank the sweepers enough making sure myself and George crossed that finished line. A well organised day and think after this run the London Marathon will be a breeze. Thanks PJC for a rewarding but tough day. I will be wearing my medal with pride. Trust me though I will never ever do this run again. Anyone that is up for a challenge though must give it a go it is well worth doing and the views are amazing. Good luck to all you plodders next year I will be there but as a Marshall cheering you all on. Date of review: March 2, 2011
In short: Even more mud and hills! In full: This was my 5th MVP. I love the challenging course - even more hills this year and a very tough new path up Butser. The real selling point of this run is the Marshalls. Hours spent standing in the cold wind and rain doesn't dampen their enthusiasm. They are always cheerful, the food and drink are legendry, especially the Rum at 18 miles. Well done PJC, another lesson in how to put on a race. See you next year Date of review: March 2, 2011
In short: Mud,hills, then more mud and more hills In full: Fantastic event. Organisation was perfect, friendly and very runner focused. Evil course, with endless mud and hills, but made worthwhile by free tea and cakes at the end. Marshalls couldn't have been more helpful. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: I love this race! In full: This is my second Plod and I loved it just as much as the first. The course was as hard as nails and the weather a bit manky later on, but the smiles of the marshalls and the support of spectators (and a bunch of very pink clad ladies at Old Winchester Hill) took the mind off the pain. The embroidered gym towel was a nice finisher's treat - much more useful than a T-shirt.
Thanks to the organisers for making this a special race. I was doing this again as a training run for a marathon but I secretly looked forward to it more than I am the marathon itself. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: mud, brilliant, mud, cake, mud, rain, mud, cold, mud. In full: Brilliantly organised and well marshalled, despite some horrible weather in the second half. The mud made what would be an already tough event a real challenge but I didn't encounter anyone who was too down about it - lots of fun had by all.
The hosing down of shoes at the end was a great touch, as was the cake and hot drinks (amazing lemon drizzle cake).
The only problem I had was getting out of the "car park" - the field we parked in was not in a great condition by the end and I ended up helping push a van out of the mud, and having my car pushed out of the mud in return. Can't be helped though - just one of those things.