In short: Force majeure In full: Force majeure = storm, tempest, flood, volcanic eruption, hurricane etc...in legal terms it oftern excuses a party from performaing its contractual obligations. For MVP2013 we had most of those (I didn't spot an erupting volcano, but not sure it would have made it any tougher) and so the 100+ who didn't turn up or retired are the sane ones. A great event as ever and if RW had an award for the best marshalls the Protmouth Joggers crew would win it every year - huge thanks to you all. Date of review: February 15, 2013
In short: Sunday taught me that cake makes everything better! In full: What can I say. This was an excellent race that I have sworn never to do again (at least until next year). It was superbly organised, the course was laid out well, there was an abundance of fantastic marshals who braved the elements to see us right, the aid stations were simply perfect, the cake was awesome, it made everything better.
I’ll just forget about the course, twisting my ankle, losing a shoe for a bit in a clay mud bog, falling over 4 times and the hills, the weather, the mud, the icy cold water and the 4.5 hours of misery so that I can talk myself into doing it again next year, just think about the cake :-)
Completing this gave me a true sense of achievement, I'm still buzzing about it! Forget all those trendy obstacle races. If you want a real challenge this is it. Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: Without question the hardest thing I've ever done In full: Words cannot describe my sense of achievement just for finishing this race. The weather was appalling, terrain near impossible in places and the wind was strength sapping. The mix of being wet through (5 layers!) and the wind drying my clothing acting like a wick sapping the heat from my body. Twice I nearly quit due to the cold. The amrshalls were fantastic and must have been freezing themselves. Also, soaking, swollen jelly babies have never tasted so good!!
Right, I'm off to buy some Seal Skinz gloves and hat for next year! Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: The hardest race i've ever done..... In full: never have i seen a race start with so many runners wearing jackets and weren't they the wise ones! Conditions made this years plod the hardest race i have ever done and forget spending hundreds of pounds on waterproof jackets - they just don't work when its as bad as it was on sunday. At least for us runners though we could keep moving and head towards the finish but for the marshals, who were absolutly brilliant, a huge thank you and cannot believe how cheerful and encouraging you were, especially when you consider how long they were out there for. thank you Pompey joggers for another great event Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: A Tough gruelling day! In full: Wow....what a race in such apalling weather conditions The organisation of the day was brilliant. All the Marshals were truly amazing and in great spirits despite the horrendous weather. They made sure that everyone was ok and the waterstation at 18 miles with hot drinks was so welcome. We were at the back of the field so kept the marshals out for many hours. Many many thanks to them all for standing out there for us for all those hours. Fantastic day thankyou Pompey Joggers Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: AWESOME! In a class of its own... can't recommend it highly enough! In full: This is an absolutely brilliant course! Some great climbs; the most mud i've ever seen; puddles that were knee deep in ice cold water; rushing flood waters; technical rocky / rooty sections; and glorious scenery throughout. On top of that its in February so you're also battling the weather from start to finish - and yesterday's weather was pretty extreme! And to finish it off the atmosphere, organisation and marshalling were superb! Cant recommend this one highly enough! Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: Organisation fantastic, weather terrible! In full: This was the fifth or sixth time I've taken part in this race, but the first time I've had to be rescued due to the onset of hypothermia! The incessant downpour and howling gale on the hills (plus I need to eat more pies...) finally overcame my multiple layers and "waterproof". The marshals were brilliant at coordinating rescues as people started dropping out from about 10 miles in, and provided copious amounts of soup,tea and space blankets once we'd been delivered back to the scout hut. A big thank you to the organisers and marshals! The race itself was as good as ever, well organised, and very well-stocked water stations - The cake went down well. The mud was fantastic, I'm so disappointed I didn't finish it this year. I will be back next year to take on Butser again (and hoping for drier weather)! Date of review: February 11, 2013