The Mudstacle Awards and Judgment Day Team Event
24th December 2014
To finish the year in style was the inaugural Mudstacle awards to celebrate everything OCR, followed by a slightly hungover Judgement Day team event the next day.
Organised by the owner of Mudstacle, Pete Rees, the awards was the first of its kind and probably the first awards ceremony dedicated wholly to OCR and the great events the UK has to offer. As a team, inov-8 OCR was well represented and didn’t go home empty handed on the awards front. James Appleton took first in the Summer Mudstacle league with me in second, and Beth Albon (my sister) took an extremely close third out of the ladies.
I was also tremendously honoured to receive the ‘Most Inspiring Individual’ award. To receive such an award really means a lot to me and I can’t thank the UK OCR community enough for the amount of support I have received. I often say I enjoy running so much that it doesn’t feel like work to train for and win these races but when I see the impact it has on the OCR community it really does make me feel proud to represent my sport and country.
The UK was the birthplace of obstacle racing and in my opinion still has the best races and the best racers in the world, it was therefore an honour to be apart of a night dedicated to celebrating just that.
Fast forward a couple of hours and a bit bleary eyed inov-8 OCR was out in force the following morning ready for the Judgement Day team event. An event that was the first of its kind where teams had to stick together whilst transporting certain, heavy, items around the course with them.
Fielding a mixed gender team we had the pleasure of carrying a 30kg sandbag, a 20kg sandbag and two tyres with us as we went. The event was a blast and to run alongside my teammates whom I have shared such an amazing year with was a fitting finale to 2014.
We started a bit slow but soon started to make our way to the head of the field where we stayed for the 8km race. Despite the ‘accidental’ drop of a sandbag just 3m before the finish line (which earnt us all burpees) we crossed the line after an hour an five minutes.
2014 has been amazing year for me. I have remained unbeaten in OCR (including two World Championship events) and competed in many mountain and ultra races. I am excited about next year and look forward to seeing what the New Year will bring, both on the OCR and mountain running front.