14 Oct

Mud, Pain And Cheers

obstacle action from Mens Survival of the Fittest

Mud, obstacles, water and difficult terrain are the ingredients for many of the weekend’s races. The cross-country season has started too…

The mud-fest begins tomorrow (Saturday (15 Oct) with Reaper Events Day and Night Run at the Heart of England Conference Centre in Coventry. A tough 10K course with 45 obstacles to negotiate, this will test both new and experienced mud-runners. 
This theme continues with the first of four races in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League. Organised by Bourton Road Runners and held at Little Rissington, this cross-country race starts with the U11’s and finishes with the senior men. 
Another mucky affair at the Eastnor Castle Mud Bath on Sunday (16 October) with a 10k, 5k and 2.5k mini mud bath to choose from. The venue is a Land Rover test centre, with a course comprised of deep rutted tracks and troughs along with a few hills, natural obstacles and of course, mud! 
There are likely to be drier conditions underfoot - weather depending, at several trail races taking place over the weekend. The Clumber Park 10K Trail Run in Nottinghamshire and the Milford Mash Up 10K at Cannock Chase on Saturday with the Spires and Steeples Challenge 26 and 13 in Lincolnshire on Sunday. 
And finally, for a run with a difference, there is the Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon tomorrow. Participants run in pairs along a multi-terrain route on the Lincolnshire Wolds with a few obstacles to deal with along the way. By popular request, a 10k option has been introduced this year, which may be shorter but still presents a challenge. Two minds and two pairs of feet are better than one so they say. 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section. 
Photo courtesy of Survival of the Fittest.