26th November 2014
Judgment Day was going to be a world away from the Survival of the Fittest urban OCR the day before. Held in Bordon on land used to test the hardiest of army vehicles and soldiers, this was going to be a test of stamina and grit. At 16km the course was of average distance but heavy rain and a running surface that was predominantly sand or bog was perhaps going to make this OCR one of the hardest in the country.
My main competition was in the form of teammate James Appleton. James had somewhat tactically skipped the competitive 10km race the day before, leaving him fresher for the challenge but still not 100% having joined for the 5km night race.
Slightly miscalculating the start time left us rushing to get ready and before we knew it we were being cheered off the line and into the first of the water obstacles. The course definitely didn’t disappoint! It had a monumental amount of water, sand and bog in addition to obstacles which included rings, crawling, climbs, monkey bars, walls & drags… but the main challenge came from the carries. The tyre, bucket and sandbag carries were all over a km long and was the ultimate deciding factor in who would win. James and I were neck and neck until the sandbag where I pulled out over a minute a lead, which I kept through to the finish line.
I eventually crossed the finish line in a time of 1hr 28min 48sec – just under 2 minutes ahead of James. 3rd to come through was Ross and 4th Adam, giving inov-8 OCR the top 4 positions! Feeling pretty happy with ourselves we headed to Sauna World for some much needed reheating.
This pretty much wraps up the 2014 race season for me, though I will be back in the UK to do the Judgement Day team event just before Christmas. I’ve already started planning the 2015 season which is likely to start end of January (perhaps a return to my first ever OCR event – Tough Guy the Original). Until then I will be resting, training and hopefully holding some trainings camps in my hometown of Bergen.