I think you can judge how muddy an obstacle race was on the time it takes to clean yourself after and whether you have to clean the bath after…well with the Wild Warrior this certainly qualifies and after a good 30 minute scrub I was clean again. The first event for X-Runner (previously AAA adventure) of the year, Wild Warrior is set in Derby within a paintball field.
The team behind Wild Warrior have been organising the event for a few years and that indeed showed. Over one thousand competitors turned up (including Katie Price who got involved with the muddy action, but keeping her clothes on for this occasion) for ‘muddy fun’ and with the great weather they couldnt have asked for a better day.
We all lined up at the start line in groups of around one hundred, and after some breif chanting and a warm up we set off. The course consisted of two 5km laps starting with around a 1km cross country scramble across the fields with cam nets along the way to keep us amused. After about 1.5km we hit the muddy swamp which was water up to waist height with sinking mud on your feet. This certainly hurts the legs and a great way to get muddy. After this we enter the forest along a wet and very slippery trail which many likened to like running on ice.
Once into the forest we contend with traversing across running water, crawling through pipes filled with water, over cargo nets and running through more water. After we’ve completed this first series of obstacles we’re back out onto the fields crossing more water, crawling through more pipes (yes more!), over bales of hay and then up to pinnacle of the day – the water slide! Following a mini steep incline you’re ready to slide your bum as fast as you can into the freezing cold water pool below, which provides as much amusement for us as it does for the spectators! It’s these wading through freezing cold waters and mud that really get your legs and it’s so difficult to get back to a decent pace until you have time to recover. More hill reps for me this week I expect.
If you think it couldn’t get any better after running back into the forest and contending with more muddy trails, just before the finish line there’s a custom made assault course with tyres, two walls to get over, balancing beams, crawling under nets and a climbing frame to get over. If you’re on for the 5km you’re done, but if you’re on for the 10km then you get to do it all again! There’s too much to mention but a great obstacle race for everyone, both serious competitors and muddy beginners.
Good points – good value, over 60 great obstacles, lots of water and mud, great friendly atmosphere, well organised
Bad points – 2 laps for the 10km, balancing beams right by the finish line (ruins the sprint finish if you get held up!), would be good to get a wave with all the fast runners in perhaps
Muddy Race recomended! Great for serious competitors with the 10km and muddy beginners for the 5km.
How did I do? I finished 18th this time round which was much better than my 53rd for the Wild Thing and managed to shake off a good 3 minutes so it seems the cold winter running and lack of injuries is paying dividends. Next up – Wolf Run!