Join the Wolf Run!
Fancy getting *really* muddy? Find out how our team got on at the first Wolf Run in Sussex at Pippingford Park and how you can take part this Sept
Muddy got properly muddy the other week when our intrepid trio took on the Wolf Run – new at Pippingford Park near the Ashdown Forest. They scrambled over and through obstacles and waded rivers to complete the 10K challenge, joined by former England Rugby stars Mike Tindall, Neil Back and Will Greenwood.
Now, I have wrists like Twiglets so decided I’d best leave the scaling of walls and the like to someone else (it wasn’t the thought of the cold water, honest!) Competing for Muddy instead were commercial manager Naomi Thompson’s husband Tommo (AKA Ian) and his friends Mike and Jonathan, who assure me it was both fun and suitable for anyone reasonably fit.
Here’s the lowdown from Tommo on what it’s like and how you can take part in September.
Have you ever done anything like this before?
No, the closest I’ve done is a triathlon and various other running competitions but nothing like a muddy obstacle course.
Did you need to do any training?
We already do training for marathons / triathlons, it is always good to approach something like this with a base level of fitness but just having the determination to get around will see you through.
What was the hardest part?
Going into the cold lake for an 80-100m swim and all the cold water obstacles!
What was the most fun?
Seeing my friends’ faces as they popped back out of the cold water from the slide, and sliding towards the photographer in the mud!!!
How strong do you have to be to get over the obstacles? Were there many women involved?
There were definitely a lot of women also competing in this event, a base level of fitness is all you need as there are lots of helping hands around to get you over the obstacles.
Did you and your friends run separately or all help each other?
We helped each other all the way round.
What’s it like for spectators? How did your children enjoy it?
Because it’s spread over a large area there are a limited number of spots to see the event – the start/finish and an area near the lake at the end, but the kids enjoyed watching and actually wanted to join in. If Wolf Run did a kids’ version I think this would be awesome! They also enjoyed themselves going off to build camps in the woods.
What was the atmosphere like?
From a runners perspective the atmosphere was great, cheery, and not too competitive like in our other races so nice and relaxed.
Any tips for other people thinking of taking part in Sept?
Don’t worry about the water obstacles, they actually aren’t as cold as you think once you’re in the race. Definitely tie up your trainers with double bows (we all nearly lost our shoes in the silty mud on a few occasions) and try and get some with grip. Get some warm clothes to put on afterwards.
Would you do it again?
Overall it was a great experience, it didn’t seem like 10km by the end because of the number of obstacles to go through/over, it was a fantastic event and we are already thinking of booking in for the September one!!
For more information on the Wolf Run and to take on the ‘Autumn Wolf’ back at Pippingford Park on 29/30 September, visit thewolfrun.com