This weekend, I ran a double weekend of Overload on the Saturday and traveled to Skipton to Tough Mudder Yorkshire on the Sunday. This is the second year I have run the course and here are my observations. Not quite a race review, but just thoughts about the course and how it differs from 2016.
- Course changed! Everest was stuck at about 3 miles in (usually at the end) Pyramid Scheme replaced it as the final main obstacle (I am not sure if they just swapped places) and they removed the large hill with stunning views.
- As they changed the course, the route was much shorter too. My TomTom clocking it at 14.2km compared to 15.9km last year. I know people’s watches will clock different distances but at least in this instance, I used the same watch.
- Pyramid Scheme at the end – Really? Now, I know that it is one of the obstacles that is all about Team work and camaraderie – the ethos of Tough Mudder. But I personally dont think it has the sense of achievement as Everest.
- Everest 1.0. Seriously?! Everyone has “fresh” legs at this point. No excuse for not having 2.0. It’s all about the MVPs and legionnaires supporting the newbies – and possibly some “how to” videos on what to do (and what not to do)
- The elevation! Wow – even without the large hill and steep climb, we still took on two killa gorillas and a total elevation of 300m+
- BlockNess – PLEASE do not ever take this obstacle away!! The MVPs need to have microphones to inform mudders on how to work together on completing the obstacle.
- Arctic Enema was cold! My god, coldest so far in 2017 and only pipped to the post by London South 2016 in which AE was just ICE. Didn’t stop me from playing Rock, Paper, Scissors though.
- Fun to run with the SoloMudders as always. If you want to get into OCR but don’t have any crazy friends – then join the group on facebook
Thanks to Enertor for the kit and great insoles (I was using comfort insoles in my Reeboks this time)