In short: One of my Favourites In full: I was the unlucky guy in the first wave with the broken Fib and Tib. 2nd year doing the run and was pushing a great time this year. I unfortunately slipped on the little hills at Holme Pierrpont. Ironic having done the course before and finished the Tough Guy easily this year too.
I like the race, it breaks up what can be a, dare I say, another boring flat 10K.
The organisation was good again. I have even been contacted by the organisers while in hospital to check how I am doing etc.
I will be back again next year once I can walk/run again and I will get a better time that my first year! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Organised but a little more thought needed In full: I was in the second wave and my race ended 200 meters from the start on the haybales which disintegraded under my foot and breaking by right ankle. Ok so these things happen and i'm not going to moan too much about it but while i was being seen to another obviously broken ankle was brought to be treated next to me from the same wave and then over the radio the paramedic was called away to treak a broken tib and fib! all before the third wave had started more thought into the obstacles next year? Oh and thanks to the guys that carried me back to the car, cheers fellas Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: A fantastic 12K assult course In full: A cracking day , very friendly , well organised and a fun day out . If your looking for a respectful time though going in wave one or two is advised , as the obsticles created bottlenecks , but this just added to day. A must if only once Date of review: October 14, 2009
In short: Muddy Brilliant! In full: A great race and well organised. 12km not the original advertised 12km but with queues at several obstacles (and we were in Wave 3) not going to ever be a PB but well worth waiting to do the full challenge. A real social event - lots of helping each other over the obstacles - and no help given to the very rare ultra competitive blokes who just barged past everyone being helped over the obstacles. Date of review: October 13, 2009
In short: Awsome. First time for me and definitely coming back next year. In full: Only gripes from me would be the queueing for a life jacket at the water section. Other than that a well organised and great fun event. Date of review: October 13, 2009
In short: You will not smell nice after this one! In full: Was in last wave and disappointed by the amount of queuing at obstacles from the water onwards. Good camaraderie amongst competitors, needed the leg up over the final wall! km markers suggested it was 12km long. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: So much fun!!!! In full: This race was split into waves, with approx 300 people in each going off at 15 minute intervals from 10am through to 12pm. I opted for the last wave but arrived around 10.15 to give myself plenty of time to register etc. I needn't have worried though as the organisation was very slick. There were plenty of toilets and hardly any queues. The race itself was awesome, although having been advertised as about 10km I was surprised that the km markers indicated it was nearer 12! So with actual distance maybe a bit approximate and all the obstacles along the way there was no point thinking of PBs. The obstacles certainly made it more testing but they were all achievable even if you weren't superfit of strong. And if you did struggle there were plenty of fellow competitors willing to give you a hand. There were the bales of hay to clamber over just near the start, a mini army obstacle course, water slide into a muddy cold lake, the terraces of Nottingham Forest FC to run up and down and the infamous Wall to finish with to name but a few. Red or white technical T-shirts were given out at the start which you were expected to wear and after crawling through the disgustingly smelly, muddy ditch and drainage tunnel I thought mine would never be white again!! The biggest frustration of the race was the amount of bottlenecks at some of the obstacles, made worse by starting in the last wave - this probably added 20 minutes to my time. Some people just opted to skip them altogether and would have got better times because of it but they were too much fun not to do. To be competitive you really need to be in the earlier (first!!) waves, otherwise it's mainly about enjoyment. And enjoyable it most certainly was. I definitely intend doing it again next year. Finally, the goody bag was excellent - the best I've had at a race. Date of review: October 12, 2009