On Sunday the PJR tour bus made it’s way on the 200 mile round trip to Dorking in Surrey for World War Run obstacle course race held at the notorious Nuts Challenge course (voted toughest OCR of 2014).
6 of our 7 strong team were taking part in the 5 mile race while Toli had opted for the 10 miler. This event had sold out with fun runners and the more competitive racer as it acted as a UK championship qualifying race.
Our group leader Chris was aiming for qualification meaning he needed a top 10 placing with Steve Heighway pushing for as high a placing as possible within his veteran age group and Jessica Dixey, Alex Schofiled, Damian Croft and Mark Pittam all running together.
Both races set off together with the 10 mile racers taking on 2 laps of the 5 mile course. Chris took up a for familiar position within the leading group breaking away about half way round to take the win by a comfortable margin in a time of 48 minutes.
Next in was Steve in 43rd position and 6th veteran male (just one place outside the UK Champs qualification) in a time of 1 hour 28 mins.
Then came our foresome who after running side by side the entire race decided to have a sprint finish with Mark coming in first in followed by Alex, followed by Damian all within 3 seconds of each other just over the 2 hour mark.
Closely behind them was Jessica who was 118th overall but an impressive 37th female over the line.
The came ‘the tank’, our 10 mile runner Toli finishing in 71st overall and 13th veteran in just under 2 hours 46 minutes.
On what was a very hot and sticky day it was a very challenging course with a succession of tough obstacles throughout and a huge amount of mud for the time of year. Great effort from everyone.
We now head into The Ram Run next weekend where we have big numbers competing over but days in the 8k, 12k and 24k as well as the Rampage 900 meter race. Some will be goin flat out for honours, some aiming just to get round and other will be carring 20kg and 30kg sandbags to make the challenge event harder!