TL;DR: GREAT RACE! WOULD ABSOLUTELY DO AGAIN
TIME TO READ: 3mins
- Date: July 21, 2018
- Venue: Lake District, UK
- Elapsed time: 8h 47min
- Distance: 30mi
- Elevation: 4304ft
- Obstacles: All on water: ninja jumping pods, inflated logs to swim under, monkey bars, random slide, net climb, kayak. Bonus: algae traps.
- Rat Race buff
- Nike tank top (it was blistering hot)
- 2xu Compression leggings (in case something touched my leg in the water)
- Merino wool socks (which are now totalled)
- Salomon Amphib shoes (raced with a new pair because I’m a daredevil like that)
- Garmin Forerunner 35 (to tell me how much farther I still needed to go)
- Ultimate Direction Adventure Vesta
- Salomon windbreaker
- Mandatory kit
- Berghaus waterproof jacket
- Kayaking waterproof backpack
- Few layers of dry bags
- My reusable silicone cup (save the planet!)
- Stinger honey gel
- Endless amount of Haribo
- A Clif bar or three
- Favourite obstacle: monkey bars over water. Confirmed I am indeed a monkey.
- Race confirmed how much I dislike swimming.
- Race confirmed how much swimming dislikes me back.
- If you cannot stand algae in water- avoid.
- Running along the coast: different, and was definitely surreal. I felt like I was in some sort of average-speed chase.
- Guy with rainbow paw print leggings: you are my hero.
- Race did not start until 12:30pm so had time to be cute.
We raced on a day when the relentless summer heat took a welcome break from beating the UK down. We started the race along the incredible Morecambe Bay coastline, where we ran on sand that had the consistency of quicksand.
It was a unique way to start the race, and it wasn’t something you could do every day. There were a few water crossings, some of them the current was strong. Gotta work those legs early! The downside of this was we ran the rest of the course with wet feet.
Lots of uphills were involved in this race; at 17mi in, I hit my wall while going up a massive hill. Nevertheless, I’d decided I’d ignore said wall and carry on with my business. It was good to have the obstacles nestled between the hilly sections (which was, to be honest, all the sections), though they started appearing at the latter part of the race.
With regards to my freshly-bought shoes, they did wonderfully on most of the terrain, but not so much on roads. I definitely felt my feet suffer a little whenever the path took a turn into the roads. Shoes were great on all terrain. Except roads.
The aid stations were well stocked with sweets, crisps, pastries and drinks. I believe the last aid station even had hot drinks, which was quite handy given some we finished doing the water obstacles quite late.
Though the obstacles nicely broke up the constant plodding, my brain did not find the water obstacles amusing. To be fair, I’m not very good with water to begin with. It didn’t help that there was too much algae and things in the water touching my arms. Really loved the kayaking bit, though.
At the finish line, Rat Race had the signature ramp and jump, which I dealt with using my signature style of lowering myself down with the rope. As I waited for my teammate, I avoided the awkwardness by dancing for the crowd. Or whatever movement it was my tired legs were doing at that point.
Finally, I rejoiced at the soup and sandwich for the finishers.
Loved it. It was amazing; people were super friendly, everyone was out determined to have a great time during the race. There was one guy who had the most incredible rainbow leggings with paw prints; he had encouraged me to keep going up the Vertical Kilometre segment when I started flagging. It was lovely to have competitors cheering each other on.
1 medal, 1 strangely coloured shirt.
As an aside, I’d love to keep doing this for all my races, past and present. That should keep me plenty busy! What would you like to see on my next race report?