In short: Where was the mud? In full: Surprisingly dry underfoot considering the weather this "summer". The hills and the obstacles were difficult but not insane so very hard to get into a rhythm. Great T-shirt and I loved the rosette - very appropriate since it's held at an equestrian centre. Date of review: September 2, 2012
In short: A Beast In full: Friendly atmosphere. Well organised. Some Marshalls not as motavating as at other events but all friendly and on the ball. Hard but not too hard. Good fun. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Cold, wet, muddy, hilly and BL**DY BRILLIANT!! In full: After missing out on the winter Beast last year because of Marathon training I had no excuse this year so took the plunge!! The rain during the week saturated the ground which made for heavy and very slippery ground. At times it was hard enough to stay on your feet when on a straight never mind uphill and downhill. What a great laugh though and a really good challenge, one of the hardest races I've done and I'll be back for more! Managed to stay relatively unscathed through the race but got covered in the mud pushing a car out the car park, if only people could learn to drive carefully but a very sit-com moment for my friends! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: awesome fun - muddy and wet has never felt so good! In full: A 5 mile lap of mud, big hills, mud, horse jumps, mud, lakes to wade thru, mud, fences, mud, water jumps, mud, scramble nets (id have preferred scrabble nets), mud, fast-feet tyre obstacles, mud, ditches and yet more mud. The end of lap 1 delivers a sludgy steep uphill, to break any last vestiges of willpower you may have
After 1 lap you are given the 'quit' option where you retire to lick your wounds, or the 'double' option where you coax your broken body into a 2nd lap, with the knowledge that that final killer hill lies in wait after 9.8 miles!!!!!!.
Despite the heavy rain, and me slipping into the lake (full submersion is not pleasant), freezing cold, 1 lap was never an option, and believe me its worse the 2nd time as you know what is coming.
Awesome marshalls with a great sense of humour, and some fantastic camaraderie amongst the mud-splattered competitors made this a must-do event from the same team that organised the skeleton run .
The only negative i can find is the lack of orange-boxes for tiny fellas like me to stand on to get over the jumps; long-legged titans strode imperiously over obstacles like greek gods hurdling an ant. Next year i will be sellotaping bean tins to the soles of my trainers to resolve this issue
Thoroughly enjoyable in a sadistic way, with a wicked twist at the end - the field full of cars became so boggy (did i mention the mud and the rain?) that we had to hour push all the stuck cars out.
In short: wet, wild and brings a smile to your face! In full: Will definietly sign up for the next one of these and it has given me the taste for similar. With that in mind I've entered the Farmyard Frolics on the 21st March. Date of review: March 7, 2010