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!