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Meon Valley Plod

Date 12 Feb, 2012 Starting at: 10:30
Reviewer Ingrid Harris
Distance 21 miles
Venue Portsmouth

Details:

A 21 mile multi terrain race around the Meon Valley. Leg-crumbling hills and lashings of mud make this a punishing cross-country number, whose obstacles are agreeably offset by its beautiful locale and generous refreshment stations. Ingrid Harris tackled it and finished as 4th lady - her report follows:

Ingrid Harris"Following a very cold week, it was touch and go whether the MVP would still take place so I kept an eye on the website daily. Sunday morning seemed Ok so set off in plenty of time after dragging four reluctant supporters out of bed, it was still -2!

Next dilemma was clothing. I scanned the other runners for ideas, they were mostly in longs, but I decided to wear long socks and shorts with a vest and a thin top with gloves. This proved to be a good choice and actually finished wearing a vest - I overheard a marshall saying "there is always one!!"

The route and start were different this year and the total distance was 21 miles of hills, ice, mud etc, but was very scenic. There was the famous Buster Hill which really sorted people out. There were three great food stations with everything cut into bite size pieces.

Cancelled runs and cold weather had made it a difficult start to my year and I was looking for a morale boosting quicker time than last year, not realising until I arrived that this year's course was a mile longer.

After playing cat and mouse with various ladies I finally dropped them and finished 4th in a time of 3.16 and first lady vet. I was delighted as I was faster than last year despite the extra distance.

I would recommend this fabulous but very hard run. It has a great atmosphere, but do some training first!"

Ingrid Harris