Well I survived, a few bruises and still finding mud everywhere, but I survived.
The Rat Race Dirty Weekend sounded a challenge on paper, a 20 mile run with 200 obstacles between me and the finish line, and it was a serious challenge in practice. Luckily I ran with some friends from Covent Garden Nike which made the event bare-able and do-able. The obstacles were split into 20 zones, which were spaced out every mile or so, this meant we were able to have a recovery jog before facing the next group of challenge. Each zone was themed, including:
– Mud Run – Crawling and wading through mud (at least I hope it was mud), at one point everyone was so caked in mud it was hard to tell everyone apart.
– Trail Blazer – A run along a dirt track in a wood, which I really enjoyed and now seriously tempted to invest in some trail shoes and hit some trails
– Ewok Village – A wood full of wooden balance beams, cargo nets and A-frames.
– Men’s Health Survival Of The Fitness – Lots of obstacles used in Men’s Health Survival Of The Fitness (which Rat Race also organises) – More A-Frames, crawl spaces and scaling large walls.
Sadly not all the obstacle were available, part of the water zone was closed because some of the large inflatables had lost their moorings and could be seen embedded in the trees at the other side of the lake looking sorry for itself. Also due to a healthy dose of rain the monkey bars ,a world record attempt for the worlds longest, was closed. ‘Luckily’ Rat Race had arranged extra obstacles so we didn’t feel left out – erm, thanks(!).
At the bail-out point at 13 miles some of the group dropped out leaving only 3 of us to complete the full 20 miles in 5:37.42.
Loved the event, there were a few teething issues with the event – not enough toilets and showers at the camp site, bottlenecks at some obstacles and apparently the beer tent ran out of booze early during the after party…doh! – but I think Rat Race can easily iron them out before next year. Needless to say, I’ve already signed up for next year.
Edit: Someone with a GoPro recorded the highlights of the event, his efforts is up on youtube to ‘enjoy’ – http://youtu.be/ql3FQ3hy-Y8