In short: Has it been raining?! In full: This has always been a great little event. Hills, tracks, fields, stone, styals, electric fences, scenery, cakes all make the 21 miles very varied and challenging. This year, the preceding rain (which didn't fall at all during the race) and wind made for some testing areas. Flooded fields, deep slippery mud for some 'ice skating', stone paths turned into rivers with mystery depth puddle. All great fun. I wonder how some of the runners coped who at the start brought the narrow track to a standstill as they attempted to dodge some little muddy area! Had expected this one to get cancelled but happily it wasn't. Very good event. Date of review: February 13, 2014
In short: The most punctual, accommodating (Jelly Babies and Cakes at the water stops), friendly, yet tough, gruelling and somehow fun run I have ever entered/participated in - Cant wait to try again in 2015! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Picturesque, scenic, tough, hilly, muddy, wet, amazing marshalls, fabulous cakes, great camaraderie, tough, very tough is all the words I would use to describe this race. See you in 2015! Date of review: February 11, 2014
In short: Balmy....! In full: For those who took part last year this was relatively...repeat relatively...straightforward - if steep-climbs and narrow/rutted/rocky/muddy paths can ever be considered straightforward! The sun shone and the wind blew. The marshals were excellent. The water stations were well stocked with jelly-babies, cake and much more. The scout-hall was crowded and all is well with the world. If you want off-road running (there are some farm-tracks but only 2ish miles of v. quiet roads) and a low-key atmosphere, with a great sense of achievement at the finish, then I highly recommend this run. Date of review: February 9, 2014
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