On the 1st of August I took part in the Total Warrior event in Shap for a second year running, Total Warrior is an outdoor fitness event which challenges strength, endurance, and cardio in everyone who takes part, that being said you don’t have to be ultra-fit to complete the course it is designed to be fun for everyone, you can run the course as an individual or in a team there will always be someone there to help you over some of the more challenging obstacles whether you know them or not and it is a great way to bring people together and to meet new people.
The obstacles vary in many ways from jumping through fire, climbing up cargo netting to crawling through thick mud and monkey bars, you might be thinking that this all sounds insane but once you have tried one you might find yourself getting hooked, there are two different distances you can do for this event a 10k or 10mile I have done both and really enjoyed them the 10mile has the same obstacles as the 10k but with a 4mile fell run added on so if you enjoy running that is probably the one for you, if you are a very competitive person there is also medals for first, second and third places for each group but a morning time would be best so you don’t get held up at the obstacles from previous groups that have set off before you.
The course its self isn’t the only part of the event there are many tents situated at the start and end of the course offering food, drinks and merchandise there is also music playing for any spectators you might bring they also have the option to walk to different parts of the course to take pictures as you’re going round if you aren’t taking any spectators with you there is someone taking photos on every obstacle witch you can get online a few days after the event.
I am now going to tell you about my experience and how I did on the course this year and what I liked and disliked with this event. This time was the first time I have entered an event like this on my own and I set the challenge of completing the course in under an hour and a half, I didn’t do any specific training just continued to keep my fitness level up, I set off at eleven o’clock in the morning with only two other groups setting of before mine so the course hadn’t been totally covered in mud like the previous year, I find that the group size that you get set off in are too big and crowded to start but it didn’t take long to get a head of the group and it was clear running for the first few obstacle before catching up with the earlier groups, some of the obstacles had been made a little more challenging this year with small modification which I thought was really good to see and having Hang Tough (monkey bars) at the end is a real test of strength and determination when you have nothing left in you, my other favourite obstacles are the Peaks of Pain “a steep incline to run up with a rope to grab near the top” and Shocker “strands of electric wire with a little charge to run through not as bad as it sounds.
I completed the course in just over an hour and will find out my specific time in a couple of days when they are put up online, everyone is time by a small chip they give you before you start that attaches to your trainers.
I have booked on for another event this year in October “Rough Runner” in Manchester and I am putting a team together from the Club so if you are interested in trying one of these events or are wanting have a go at another one come and speak to me at the club and I will go through all relevant information and talk about training for the event, thanks for taking the time to read this.