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
In short: Brilliant obstacle race In full: 3rd time doing Survival (2 in London, 1 in Nottingham) and I keep coming back for more obstacle fun. Honestly the 8ft wall does get easier! Thought the course was a it short this year and more of a boring run in the middle compared to last year (when there were more obstacles in the park) and the road crossing was a bit ridiculous but appreciate the organisers are constrained by location. Great race to do as a team and work together to finish in one piece. Massively bruised the next day but well worth it! Just wish the uber competitive people would start in wave 1, I got shoved, pushed over and kicked in the face by people trying to race which seemed a bit pointless (and rude!) when there were queues at some of the obstacles. It's supposed to be fun people! Other than that, really enjoyed it and have already signed up again for next year. Date of review: December 14, 2012
In short: Fun In full: A good race with some challenges for everyone. Some queuing at obstacles but that allowed for some good chats with fellow competitors. Good organiser, great atmosphere. Book an early race if you plan on racing around though to beat the busy spots. Date of review: November 16, 2012
In short: Great location for a great race and VERY fun! In full: The Survival of the Fittest events are excellent fun and brilliantly organised. The atmosphere in and around Cardiff Bay was great with lots of people out watching and cheering you on. One of the highlights of the race was running in the Millenium Stadium, although the run up the 6 flights of stairs to get into the stadium was killer after 8KM!! The only downside was seeing the 9KM marker and thinking there was only 1 to go but then passing the 10KM marker and then an 11KM marker, still knowing you've got an 8ft wall to get yourself over. Well worth it though and highly recommended!!
Top tip, register early to get the cheaper entry price as it can become pricey the closer to the event it gets. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: what a great day to remember In full: my first survival run didn't know what to expect but i will know next time. Great fun i'v been running a very long time but never experianced any thing like this.I am 60 years young in a few weeks and did a time of 58:53. Where were these runs 30 years ago???.Very well organised and definately be back next year. Date of review: November 15, 2011
In short: Great fun & teamwork. Well organised 'waves' of runners meant the course never felt too busy. Not a run for PB Seekers as all of those blooming obstacles keep getting in the way - don't expect to use your trainers either !! Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Great event made all the more fun by the obstacles!! In full: Not your typical 10K run!! A 10K course starting at Battersea Power Station, moving into Battersea Park and back again, with 16 obstacle zones along the way consisting of water, mud, ice, sand bags, climbing, crawling and more water and mud!! Well worth it and I will definitely be entering again next year. Date of review: November 14, 2011