The Vicious circle Dirty Weekend happens at Burghley House in the pretty little town of Stamford. Lots of people come and camp in the premises, making an excellent party weekend of it. After the races there’s a big after celebration with real-time bands, plenty of meals as well as drinks. Technically, I was still recovering from having actually completed the Marathons des Sables last month– however this is a race that occurs basically on my doorstep. It would certainly be rude not to, truly …
When I went to acquire signed up the evening prior to the race, the setting was currently whiring. Participants have the choice of the “half mucker”– 13 miles– or to go all in for the “complete mucker” of 20 miles and also available 200 challenges: enough to lay say that this is the most significant obstacle course in the globe. This year I additionally authorized my kids up for the junior race, the first time it’s been held. It was wonderful to obtain them included instead than merely having to fill in the cool waiting to support me on as normal. They are really well trained at supporting …
Having taken part numerous times, I once again put myself right into the very first wave of joggers setting off at 8am. There are some really fast racers directing this lot, which are method out of my league, yet I want to stick my neck out and also offer it my best.
So at 8am around 300 people set off, going to the initial obstacles. Over the following 20 miles these differ from merely carrying a sandbag, log or website traffic cone, creeping with automobiles as well as tyres to climbing up some substantial frameworks– including the globe’s longest monkey bars, scaling eight foot wall surfaces or even spending half an hour in and also out of a reservoir, jumping, wading, swimming, moving and after that back to running again.
It doesn’t take long just before I’m face deep in thick mud, required to obtain down low under the caging as well as crawl elbow joint deep in the slop. I cannot assist but laugh virtually the whole method with and also– despite the suffering, absence of breath and anxiety of just what’s following– I view smiles and also giggling all day long from others around me.
The training course is gotten into sections with various styles such as the Ewok town with many log structures, ropes and also netting to deal with. One of the most difficult sections is the tank: right here you begin off having to learn, upper body deep, for about 100m approximately while here the surface you’re knee deep in silt. You lastly get out at the financial institution, only to playing around, get a life jacket as well as enter the deep end to swim (or attempt to swimming, with your exhausted chilly arms) throughout the lake. Though not just before having to draw yourself out to climb up over a series of floating platforms. The camaraderie is wonderful, as well as all of us aid each various other out. As if dragging your own weak and also chilly body from the water isn’t enough, most of us resorted to raise a few even more out just before going to the following platform.
At this factor was a horrifying 30ft tower where we ‘d have delve into the pool listed below. I bypassed the lower system choice (all or absolutely nothing, right?) as well as gone to the top. Maaaan it’s a lengthy method down when you’re up there. On the count of three from the marshal, close to the another lad, I made the heart-stopping surge off and also down into the sloppy water.
However, despite all this activity, I’m still only around eight miles in. Hrs of slog lie ahead, before I finally go across the line after three several hours and 45 mins, claiming a commendable positioning of 56th from around 4,500.
But in spite of going across that line … this was only midway with the obstacle. This year, the Battle of life organisers had actually thrown in the “dirty dual” alternative. Yes, twice, all the means around this tremendous training course. Only 33 of us were dumb sufficient to take this on. I had a fast remainder and also refuel as well as after that joined the next readily available wave of runners and began the entire point again.
The 2nd time round was rather a various race, a bit of queuing, great deals much more small talk, and after numerous thousand had passed via it the course was a great deal more “folks shaped”.
In the night there was a mild “admin error” on phase when I was called as the winner of the dual, but I was chuffed to bits to make second in such an enormous race. I’m already booking into go once again for 2016.
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