What would you like to be doing on a cold Saturday morning? Running a 10km run through a forest with obstacles and a lot of water to go through and mud to wade though? Yeah, its not really my ideal Saturday morning either, but it was actually what I did a few weeks back! And I am still yet to have full feeling in my hand!!
It is called a Wolf Run, The Wolf Run is an approx. 10k off-road run featuring a series of man-made and natural obstacles located throughout the course. We have four events throughout the year (Spring, Summer Autumn & Winter). The concept behind the Wolf Run was to recreate the feeling of running in natural terrain – a wild run giving people the chance to experience natural, raw running conditions as far as possible whilst also presenting runners with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable event.
I was invited to take part in the Wolf Run, and I have to admit I was really excited. I have always wanted to do an obstacle run and so couldnt wait to do it. I was checking the weather for about 4 weeks before to make sure it wasn’t going to be too cold and rainy!
I got there on the morning of the run and although the temperature had increased slightly on the drive from Hull to Leicester, it was still only around 8 degrees, and a bit windy!! I really started to get a feeling in my belly that was telling me I was a plonker for agreeing to do it and that I really didn’t want to do it! I put my brave face on (sorta!) and went and signed on, I got my race number and starting instructions.
I really wasn’t sure what to wear for the run, so had a base layer on, a t-shirt, 3/4 leggings, a headband and some gloves. I was freezing from start to finish!! Some crazy people were running the course in shorts and t-shirts!! But to be honest I think whatever I wore for it, I was going to be freezing!
I entered the warm up area about 10 minutes before the start time and I was really debating getting back in the car and just telling people that I had done it and it was great! But before I could do that, they called us round to the start and we were off!
The very first obstacle was to run through a ford, and although I had said that it would be better to get wet from the start, I quickly changed my opinion when I stepped into the water to discover it was bloody freezing!! I am not even exaggerating now, it actually felt like someone would have had to break the ice on in first thing that morning!!
Quickly after the water we got running again and started to warm up and get into it. There was a few climbs and trees to jump over and it was all becoming fun. That was until we came to a lake which we had to swim through!!!!!! Now I know you think I am exaggerating, but I really am being honest! I saw people making their way through the water and just assumed it wasn’t deep and was only going to be a quick dash. It turned out to be at least 5 minutes in this water, and it was freezing a full of mud and tree roots!! it was horrible!
The rest of the obstacles were much easier, a climbing frame, tunnels, mud pits, monkey bars, walls and a massive water slide. Now when I say easier it was still crazy hard and crazy cold! But it was the water that was the worst part of the day.
I was so proud of myself though, I managed to completed the course, and I went through a tunnel that was pitch black (I am terrified of the dark!!). The event was brilliant, it was well organised and there was so many marshals around the course, even though it was freezing out.
My only recommendation is to pick a warmer month to complete it! Entry for the Spring run is now open, but i think it might be even colder then!!