PT James Lee takes on the Wolf Run, an intermediate 10km obstacle course race in Uckfield
The Wolf Run
This year’s Wolf Run at Pippingford Park was the first obstacle race of the year for me, and it was a nice scenic 10k to kick off the season. The weather was mild and – thankfully – there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight.
The race setup
The venue was well sign posted, so we were off to a good start from the get-go. We parked up and headed to the registration tent 45 minutes before we are due to start and the whole registration process was really smooth; 15 minutes later and we had our race numbers, had taken a pre-race snap and were ready to get started!
We were in the 11:50 wave, so we didn’t need to rush around. They called us over to warm up and quickly briefed us on what to expect. My first impression was how well organised it all seemed to be so far.
Inside the Wolf Run obstacles
The obstacles throughout the Wolf Run were not the biggest I’d ever seen, but there was plenty of climbing, crawling and swimming to challenge us. Add to that the terrain, which included plenty of mud and huge hilly sections (the race starts with a few hundred meters up to the top of the park), and all-in-all it makes for a tough 10k!
There was even a couple of long swims placed in the last quarter of the race, which were real tough but also meant nobody had to be wet for too long before it was all over. Good timing, I thought.
What’s in store for the finishers?
Finishers were treated to a t-shirt at the end of the race, as well as some energy bars and a water to refuel and rehydrate. It’s always nice to get t-shirts (and presents) from races to remember the events you’ve done.
They also had some cold water hoses available, to allow you to get the worst of the dirt off, and a changing tent so that you can change out of the wet clothes before grabbing a beer at the on site bar. Nobody wants to get back into the car covered in mud, so these are the sorts of details to look out for.
This race is a lot of fun without being too hard. This makes it great for anyone who’s already a bit fit and a bit strong looking to test out an obstacle race, as well as people a bit more experienced looking for a challenge. You don’t need to be a massive fittie to get around this one and have a great time, but you will need to be able to make it 10km and pull your weight around.
Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed it, and we were pleased to finish in about 1hr 30mins. We’ve already agreed we’d definitely do it again!
Thanks to the Wolf run team and OMQ for the opportunity to test out the course.
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For more information on the Wolf Run and to take on the Autumn Wolf back at Pippingford Park on 29/30th September, visit – https://thewolfrun.com/