This was my first obstacle race and I have to say I was a little nervous and apprehensive about doing this event. The second challenge of Sixteen in 16 had more significance as it was taking place on Mother’s Day and one of the main reasons for our fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Society is because my wife’s mum is moving quickly through the stages of dementia and requires full time care at quite an early age in life.
We arrived at Sherwood Pines about 9.30 and met up with the rest of the team, headed to the registration area and got our race numbers. Still feeling really nervous at this stage, but good to have friends around you, we were all in the same position, back to the cars and got our kit on ready to race.
Headed to the start area, we got a quick team photo before the race, checked the go pro was working and then over the tannoy there was an announcement that our wave would start in 4 minutes. A quick warm up session and then it was time to go. What would the next hour or so bring?
So team Sixteen in 16 crossed the start line. Would we be fit and strong enough? We ran through woodland and mud for the first kilometre being entertained by two experienced runners who took delight at jumping in every puddle and bog covering everyone in mud.
This really helped me relax as we turned the corner to the first obstacle – an 8ft wall.
Tim was first up, helped up by the team in front, quickly followed my Mike, Andrew and Jan. Gill took the first hit for the team banging her chin attempting to scale the wall, but with brilliant perseverance and some great team work we all made it over.
The first wall split the race up so we were now running on our own as a team. I really enjoyed running through the woods and trails, a small flurry of snow and we hit the next obstacle, the Monkey Bars. I think this was the obstacle that most of us knew we couldn’t do. Tim took a spectacular fall to the floor and we all had a go before Mike showed us all how it is done by getting all the way across.
On we went deeper into the woods, up another wall before sliding down the water slide on the other side. As we continued to twist and turn through the forest Gill decided it would be fun to smear mud on Tim and Andrew’s faces, something she would later come to regret.
Over another couple of walls and some hay bales, under some tyres and through a tunnel and then a log carry completed the obstacles. It was a kilometre run to the finish when Gill was ambushed by Tim and Andrew and ended up in a muddy puddle!
We crossed the finish line as a team in 1 hour 3 minutes, everyone supported each other brilliantly to get round and we all had a great day.
Really proud of everyone for taking part and supporting me. I will definitely do more obstacle races after this.
This particular event was well organised and excellent for beginners.
After the race it was the fun job of getting changed in the car park and heading off to the pub for some well deserved lunch and the first awards of Sixteen in 16.
The Endurer Dash Awards
Muddiest Person – Gill Stevens
Cleanest Person – Dom Stevens
Best Attempt at an Obstacle – Tim Wiser, for his spectacular fall at the monkey bars.
Most Supportive Team Mate – Andrew Selby, for driving everyone on, not giving up and having fun the whole way round.
Outstanding Performance – Michael Underhill, for completely owning the Monkey Bars.
We are completing these challenges to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society please sponsor us at www.justgiving.co.uk/sixteenin16