Dirty Dozen Races
21st April 2015

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Categories: Obstacle Race

I was looking forward to taking part in a race held in the UK after my last two abroad and it was going to be a corker in the form of a Dirty Dozen. Dirty Dozen Races are well known for exceptional organisation with really well put together events and big obstacles. They also make great races as the course marking is exceptional; with thousands of course markings Doug Spence, the organiser, really does make it impossible to get lost!


Arriving with plenty of time to spare it was great to see familiar faces and chat to a few people. It looked as if many had been hardened by the harsher winter races and were looking forward to taking part in a few warmer events.

At 12km the race was going to be ideal for me to get ‘back into it’ after a lack of racing due to a spot of injury. The obstacles were set to be great, as always, with a few new additions like the traverse where you had to climb onto the rope from above.



I started a little far back in the field but using Thomas Blanc as a human battering ram I was soon nearing the front. Entering a wooded boggy section I was soon running alone at the front except for inov-8 OCR’s Ross Macdonald. In an attempt to give the London marathon a good hiding Ross had opted not to race but instead film some of the action with a go pro.

Having not seen him since last year we spent the majority of the race chatting as I waded, swam and ran my way through the rest of the course.

Just over an hour and five minutes later I was crossing the line with the same smile I had on my face as we set off. A thoroughly enjoyable race completed I then had the pleasure of watching my fiancé cross the line as second female and my sister in fourth who has spent more time paddling lately than running!


I now have two weeks before I take on Toughest Malmo. This will be my first Toughest race of the year and my first opportunity to challenge some of Scandinavia’s best obstacle racers. I was happy with how I performed at the weekend but feel the hard work for the year has only just begun! Let’s see how I get on!


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