Race For Life Pretty Muddy 5K
September 5th, 2015, Windsor
On Saturday, September 5th, I donned my running gear and set off to Windsor for my Pretty Muddy 5K.
I was in the first wave at 10:30am and it was recommended that you get to the venue at least an hour before the start.
Getting to the venue was pretty easy, and was clearly marked once you got near the entrance. There was also plenty of free parking available – although it could be a bit of a walk, depending on where you park.
There was a bag drop off, toilets, and several places for food and drinks.
The warm up was really energizing and fun, and certainly got the crowd raring to go.
Having done a mud race before, I had an idea in my head of what to expect. However, I should have just scrapped all of it, as the experience itself turned out to be completely different.
Along the 5K course, there were 9 obstacles to tackle.
- Mission Inflatable
- Light at the end of the Tunnel
- Down and Dirty
- Tyred Out
- Go Commando
To be honest, these were great obstacles to tackle. They weren’t too easy or difficult – so are great if you wanted to do a OCR type race (and raise some money whilst you’re at it).
I am so much better at obstacles than I am at running, so the fact that there were 9 spread out over 5K made it so much more fun for me.
I was also running alone and had no one there to support me. But, this really wasn’t as bad as what I had expected. Everyone was so friendly, so you could say Hi and have a chat as you went along.
There was one group that I kept catching up with, and when we got to the last obstacle (the Mudchute), one of the ladies asked where the rest of my team were. I explained I was alone before we all made our way up and then down the slide. At the bottom, it was a last dash to the end, and she waited for me. This lovely lady, whose name I do not know, made sure that I did not cross that finish line alone! She disappeared straight away, so I still have no idea who she is. All I know was that she was racing for Larry (according to her sticker). I would have loved to have told her how much it meant to me.
The Pretty Muddy 5K is definitely something I will take part in again – and I would totally recommend anyone to do it, if you don’t mind a little mud and water! It really is so much fun.
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