As an antidote to Christmas three of us from the club entered the Brutal 10 at Longmoor Army Camp on the 27th December. If you are looking to do something a bit different with your running then this is the sort of race for you; I can guarantee it won’t be a PB over the distance !
I ended up running with a stinking cold so switched to the 8km on the day and Liz kindly kept me company (or maybe it was a bit too cold to do the 16km đź™‚ ) whilst Ewan Dunlop ran the two laps and the full 16km.
The first part of the course takes you out over sand (and uphills) through an area used for army driver training. They had been out driving the day before so it was a bit churned up…. I should add at this point that it was only 2 degrees and a bit windy in places…. After the first water obstacle (only knee deep) I lost the feeling in my feet, it was cold…. very cold…. but it did return as I continued to run.. The hills (I lost count quite how many) were more short sharp hills than the long go on for ever type of hill and it got to a point when everyone else started walking you had no option but to walk. At about 4-5km was the deepest water obstacle. I knew what we were letting ourselves in for because I have raced here before and knew I would be neck deep in it…. this is where being tall is an advantage (one that neither Liz nor I have) but we had substituted being tall with layers of clothes and (believe it or not) after the initial shock of the cold I felt quite warm..
Anyway the results are in and Ewan Dunlop came 4th overall in the 16km event I came in at 171st and Liz 172nd overallÂ but we came 8th and 9th in our age/gender category.
Would I do it again ?? Yes, I would love to; I am now busy trying to find other similar races to enter…..