On Saturday 22nd March 2014 PJR took two teams (8 runners in the 5k and 5 runners in the 10k), along with a large following of supporters to the Mud Sweat and Beer (MSB) obstacle course race in Catesby, Daventry.
5 of our team arrived with positive expectations having already competed in MSB’s last event in Adstone just 3 months ago, including Gary Shaw who had a score to settle after having to pull out at the half way stage that day through injury, along with 8 others, some of whom were making their OCR debuts.
There was a long drive way to the event HQ were we got a preview of some of the course and obstacles that were to come to wet the appetite further before we all met up in the warm up area then heading to the start line.
Both the 5k and 10k races started together so our members were among 219 others as a giant Great Britain flag was waved by the event organiser to signify the off.
Our group leader Chris Lamb and members Steve Heighway and Stephen Croft were among the early leading group as the course took us through the first of the deep water crossings and into the mud.
It was then into a swamp and under a bridge before the real fun began with a huge slide! This was followed by a swim across a lake, some cargo net crawls, then up and down some hills in a wooded area before a stretch along a muddy, wet trench with a whole succession of man made obstacles.
Then came a short run back along the drive way which headed back to the event village area and for the 5k runners the finish line was in sight.
First across the line was from the 101 5k finishers was our member Stephen Croft in a superb 28.05, just over 1 minute clear of second place, another PJR member Adam Pope. Adam was a massive 2 minutes and 10 seconds ahead of third place.
Our next runner in was Marc Marshall in 13th position then came our first two ladies to make up the team of five. Donna Alibone (11th woman overall) and Sharon Ives who was 13th female to finish.
The team was backed up by Julie Currington (who was 14th lady), Lee Ives and Suzanne Harris.
We won the team competition by a massive 23 minutes and 18 seconds.
For the 10k runners another, slightly different lap followed. By now our group leader, Chris Lamb, was well clear and first over the high tower and up the huge hill that brought the course back onto the 5k lap.
Chris extended his lead further as the race went on and came home in first place in a time of 55.53 which was 4 minutes, 50 seconds clear of second place to make it a PJR double.
Following Chris home for PJR was Steve Heighway in a very creditable 15th place from the 118 finishers in the 10k race. Next on was Jon Anderson in 24th position followed by David Weighill in 38th. Completing the team that finished in second place overall was Gary Shaw who had but those demons to rest with a 59th place finish.
Well done also to our members Ash Alexander and Ryan Griffiths who completed the 10k course running in their own team on the day.