In short: Fun filled course but make sure you can do a lot further than 10K! In full: This was my first Survival of the Fittest event and I entered in a team of 10. We didn't 'race' it and decided to plod around at the pace of our slowest runner to stick together and help each other on some of the more difficult obstacles. Really enjoyed the free-for-all at the first obstable (Hay Bails), running the steps in the Millennium and the team effort to get over the wall at the end. Not so sure about getting in the river Taff though!
The obstacles aren't too difficult especially if you've got people around to help you over the taller ones so in terms of those I think most could give it a good go. However, I'd been told and read on here that the distance is often a kilometer or so longer than the 'roughly 10K' they state on the website... but a couple of our team measured it at 13.5K!?
We may have just been lucky but didn't experience any more than 10-20 second queues for most obstacles which I think was down to the excellent organisation and wave starts.
If I were to do it again, I'd probably try to race it to make it a bit more of challenge. Saying that, I may have finished not feeling to bad - but legs were aching for 2-3 days after!
Definitely worth doing once - a good 'beginners' course for anyone considering Tough Mudder or another longer, more difficult obstacle coure event. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Great event, but spoilt by lack of prizes and some poor organisation In full: I've taken part in the Cardiff event every year since it started in 2009, with this years Cardiff event being my 9th Survival event in total. I love the event and it's one of the races that have motivated me to train harder and get quicker. Entry is steep, but you get a lot of obstacles and used to get excellent prizes if you could finish near the front. This year however, they have decided to scrap prizes altogether, going with the philosophy of "everyone's a winner and it's the taking part that counts" - slightly unfitting for an event called Survival of the Fittest! So despite higher entry numbers and higher entry costs each year, the returns have disappeared. This probably explains the decrease in club runners near the front, which is a shame. I doubt I'll do it again next year. Date of review: October 2, 2013