“A change is as good as a rest” .. Jemima Gee decided to put this old saying to the test as she proves that sometimes it’s good to mix things up and take a detour from marathon running & training plans.
“I have competed in a few road-running events before, but nothing quite prepared me for the X-Runner Wild Warrior race.
I managed to get together a team of four ‘Dirty Girls’ to take on the challenge to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Unfortunately one of our team had to pull out of the event a few days before because of health issues, so we took on a ‘Dirty Boy’ as our fourth member.
The event is billed as one of the toughest adventure races around and it certainly lived up to its description. The event was held at Wild Park in Brailsford, an amazing location, set in a picturesque valley in Derbyshire.
The trail race consisted of 5k laps across undulating fields and wooded areas, with plenty of water and mud to wade through. The Wild Warrior, eXtreme obstacle course race, included obstacles such as
- The Swamp of Doom
- Water Slides
- Quick Sand
- Giant Walls
- Cargo Nets
- a Fire Jump
- ..and many more exhausting challenges.
Race day was a very chilly 3 degrees Celsius! We definitely needed the warm-up session, before the air-raid siren and fireworks started off our heat, as we spent about 50% of the race being plunged into deep water and wading through muddy swamps and trenches. There was a lot of water! The other key ingredient of this race was mud.. and lots of it. We didn’t remain clean for too long after throwing ourselves under numerous cargo nets and running through boggy woodlands. I think the course used every muscle in my body.
My personal highlight was managing to haul myself up a rope on a wet and muddy high bank, even though my biceps were screaming at me to give up! The narrow, mucky, wet tunnels were just a few of the 35 obstacles we had to tackle along the course.
One thing I noticed around the course was the fantastic camaraderie and team-work in play. Everyone was helping each other out and offering words of encouragement. There was lots of laughter and smiling too. It’s highly amusing seeing grown ups slipping and sliding around in the mud!
These types of events seem to be gaining in popularity and I can see why. They make fitness fun, appeal to lots of people and offer an exciting challenge.
The X-Runner Wild Warrior event was physically and mentally challenging. I’m a bit battered and bruised, but would I do this type of race again? Of course I would! It was Muddy Good Fun!!
Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: Support, Information, Campaigning and Research. We were thrilled to have raised over £1,000 for them. To find out more about this charity visit their website www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk.