Obstacle Mud Runner - issue 17

12 Rough Runner Review Linda Johnson vs Travelator With winter out of the way, I decided to jump onto the Rough Runner OCR race with its TV game-show style looking obstacles; you know the ones, the big inflatable swinging balls and knee-high padded poles coming at you from every direction to take you out and send you flying into water – if you think Total Wipeout then you’re somewhere close. On the 3rd April 2022 the good old British weather decided to throw a nice icy cold morning at us making the water obstacles suddenly seem much less inviting. I had opted for the competitive wave with a few of my fellow race-team joining me on the start line. The event was part of the UKOCR OCR Series and we wanted to earn some points towards that. On arrival, parking was easy – nice and close to the event village and check in was super-fast to collect a timing chip. There was plenty to see from the event village as well as a large bag drop area with space for changing after the race. There were vending trucks for coffee, warm food, lots of brilliant tunes playing and a fantastic crew in the event village entertaining the crowds. The race started on time with the announcement coming over the loud speakers for us all to go over to the start pen. I decided to start at the back as I was fully aware of a lot of water on course however, due to the low temperature that morning the river slide and swim from the 1st lap had been removed which suited me just fine. We were given clear instructions as this was a 2-lap wave and shortly after we were off. The course was all trail with a mixture of wooden climbing A frames, a quick carry around a field with a sandbag, some monkey bars, a set of rings over an inflatable pool of water, a heavy hoist pull and an amazing inflatable seesaw which we spent way too long having a laugh at. REVIEW : ROUGH RUNNER Photo: Rough Runner Photo: Rough Runner