Sunday 5th October 2014 saw the Warrior Run described as ‘The South Coast’s Toughest Run’. Back in April I was stupid enough to put my name down to join the Gatwick Mafia Assault Course Team in running the Warrior Run in Albourne for Cancer Reasearch. I had done assault course runs in the past but nothing had prepared me for what lie ahead, more than 30 obstacles over a 6K course including hauling logs and tractor tyres, deep rivers and ditches, 8ft walls, tunnels, webs and monkey bars. As our 50 strong team queued up at the start of the run the butterflies in my tummy started to flutter, then we were off, straight down a bank and into freezing cold chest deep water, what a shock!
Out over the straw bales and a long run to the next obstacles, these were the dirt mounds, not too bad I thought, this is going well. We got to the log pile where I managed to find a twig to carry, got through the next few obstacles with no problem, over the 8ft walls where luckily my height was an advantage!
Then onto the tunnels, where unfortunately my height was very much a disadvantage, there was no way I could crawl through these so had to drag my body along the floor through the mud in the pitch black, getting out of these tunnels proved difficult and suffice to say I looked like I was being birthed!
On and on we went up and down hills, through streams, up the climbing ropes and to the end, the last obstacle was probably the worst for me, it was a skip full of ice and water for which we had to swim under, I managed to drag myself over the finish line absolutely exhausted in 1hr 17secs. Still recovering now and covered in bruises I can honestly say it was the hardest but most fun run I’ve ever done, my friend even enjoyed it despite breaking two fingers!