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.
In short: Brilliant but brutal In full: I loved this race. But be warned - it's not for the feint hearted. No need to bang on about the mud - you can read that in all the other reviews. What I will bang on about, though, is the absolutely top level organisation; this is how to put on an event; anyone thinking of organising something like this should speak to Sharon - she is the business! The Marshalls (with a capital M!)deserve all the above credit, and more; not at all sure I could do it with such good humour. Well done to everyone involved. Everyone. You know who you are. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Enjoyable and friendly but hard trail race - very hilly In full: Seemed longer than 20.3 miles. Fairly dry for the first half but mostly covered in thick chalky mud in the last few miles. Some of the hills had both contouring and mud which was awkward. A lot of hopping from side to side to find some grass to run on. Many puddles! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Very very tough, but a lesson in how to organise a race In full: That was really, really hard! Hills, rain, mud and a lingering cold all combined to make this one of the most challenging races I have done.
A massive thank you to all at PJC - a huge amount of thought clearly goes into organising what must be a really tough race to run. Superb refreshments during and after, incredibly supportive marshalls and local perople and great value.
I'll be back again, but will definitely treat it with a bit more respect next time! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: 7 times now, says it all. I love this race In full: First half this year was very pleasent, running in the sun. Before the finish though the MVP that i love returned. Wind, rain, mud, slippery mud. Last year i said "why can i only do this one once a year". I stand by that. PJC show us all how to organise a race. They are generous in their support, medal and towel, tea, cakes and everything you can think of. I love this event and i will be back again next year. It takes a lot to make my legs ache the day after, they do today. Thank you so much for organising the Meon Valley Plod. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Hills, very sticky mud, and a big smile all the way round. Boy is it tough! In full: I’d just like to give my thanks to PJC and all who gave their time today.
If you've never done this race and are looking through here to decide, then decide no more. Enter now, you will not regret it.
I ran with a smile, I finished with a smile, all thanks to the myriad marshals handing out drinks, jelly beans, fruit pastilles, cake, mars bars, bananas etc without which I’d have never made it round! Along the route not only were the marshals highly encouraging but also the amount of locals who came out to watch and cheer the runners on.
My special thanks go to the Pink Ladies just after the 7m mark who you could hear for a while before, and a while after. Being able to hear them cheering very vocally every runner for the best part of 10% of the race was very lifting.
The camaderie amongst the runners was special, keeping each other going through the tough times
This was my first and it certainly lived up to the toughness I’d been led to expect, and exceeded that.
My heartfelt thanks for putting this race on and to all those people that allow us to run across such beautiful ground.