After a decent brake since Tough Guy, I'm nearing my next two events on two consecutive weekends in March.
Back 2 The Trenches in Redhill Surrey, is run by Priory Events and held on the same site as the Spartan Sprint that I did last July. There are 5km and 10km options, and I'm signed up with a team of 10 runners for different experience levels, most taking on their first mud/obstacle runs. We're going to have a great day, good laughs and finish the race as a team.
The Rock Solid Race near Exeter takes place on the following weekend, which again has 5km and 10km options. The Wife was signed up for this as her first run by our son as a Christmas present, with a place for me to run with her to help out. Again, we're not going for time but to enjoy it and to help the Wife get some experience before she tackles Tough Mudder in May.
Both runs are the first outing for these organisations, both the same distances and both claiming to be tough. The big difference between the two- Cost! When signed up, the Rock Solid Race was £57 whereas Back 2 The Trenches was only £25. Rock Solid justify the cost with live acts/bands and the Rugby being shown live. Whilst that's lovely for some, for those of us that obstacle run as their main sport, keeping the cost of each event down is a big priority. It would have been nice to have the access to the entertainment as an optional extra so that those of us there to run can do so.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to both runs especially the first event with The Wife. Will they be any good? Well as far as the "local" runs go, they have to live up to the mighty Grimm Challenge run which used only natural obstacles.