Obstacle Mud Runner - issue 22

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CONTENTS I cannot believe it is almost the end of 2023. We hope you’ve had fun in the mud with loved ones and friends, old and new. All good stories start with a great beginning, and this is no exception! Mud Monsters Run adorn our front cover and we are so excited that THEY ARE BACK. If you’ve not done this event before you need to. Anyway, on with the show…. The Nuts Challenge are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and they’ve an abundance of events to choose from PLUS discounts when you book 2 or more. We’ve included some wonderful Christmas ideas for that last minute dash to the shops and on page 5 you’ll find Hysoxs socks have given us a code to share with your friends and followers for some super grip to make you even better than you are already. We’ve lots of dryrobe products for you to check out on pages 12 & 13 and see page 25 for the new tried and tested Salomon Thundercross. Check out all the other bits and bobs we have inside and be sure to synchronise your new 2024 diaries with the diary dates on page 31 supplied by @ocrbuddy All that’s left for me to say is: from myself and the team, we wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas and a muddy New Year. Much love, Donna – Editor Editor – Donna Jenner-Hall 07730 252228 • [email protected] Publisher – Martin Hall 07824 552116 • [email protected] Obstacle Mud Runner is a freely distributed publication across the UK. Contributing Editors opinions expressed within Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine are not necessarily those of the Publishers. Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine accept no responsibility for those comments. No part of the publication may be produced without prior permission from Obstacle Mud Runner magazine. © 2023 Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine. Write to us at: OMR, 11 Hurst Way, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 1QN WHY NOT SUBSCRIBE TO ENSURE YOU GET NOTIFIED AS SOON AS IT’S PUBLISHED. Go to www.obstaclemudrunner. co.uk and click SUBSCRIBE. Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine Share Obstacle Mud Runner This magazine isn’t just for you lot, but for your friends too. Forward our link onto a friend, it might just be what they’re missing in life. 14 TOP OFFERS 6 Forest Warrior The ultimate obstacle course race 8 REVIEWS 9: dryrobe beanies 10: Salomon Cross Run Bra 11: Insure for Sport 12: dryrobe kit 14: Mud Monster are back!!! 16 CHRISTMAS TIME 17: select inov-8 18: Winter must haves 20: Eat for winter health 22: GM4X Paratrekker Takes On Tough Mudder 23: Tough Mudder in numbers 25: Salomon Thundercross Gore-tex 26: Comfort & Safety 28: Dawn Nunes – avoiding injury 31 RACE DATES 31: Get your diary out issue 22 *By entering our competitions, you agree for your details to be shared with the Race Director of the event you have entered. Details will not be passed on to any other 3rd party. Follow us on Social Media: OMRmagazine @omrmagazine @omrmagazine Please send your stories, race reviews to [email protected] we might feature them 3 Obstacle Mud Runner is proud to be supported by: EDITOR’S COMMENT Editor’s word y:

4 Put a sock on it! The fitness industry has witnessed a significant shift towards hybrid racing events, combining various forms of exercise, from yoga to pilates to HIIT and various forms of strength training modalities. This dynamic fusion has brought with it the need for versatile and effective footwear to ensure there are no slips, trips or shoe malfunctions. When you’re aiming for a top time and an edge over the competition, you need a sock that offers the best compression, quality, comfort and grip. Hysoxs have been designed with a specialised nonslip grip pattern to provide traction, stability and support, giving you the best performance possible to crush any highintensity activity event. You can order yours (did someone say stocking filler?) below, AND did I also hear someone say savings?? (Use code OMR15 for 15% off ANY purchase.) Only while stocks last so be quick! Who are we? Hi, I’m Sophie, founder and owner of The Awesome Anatomy Company! Whilst studying at university during the pandemic, I found there was a limited number of resources for students learning anatomy that were straightforward, simple and colourful! Many students find traditional textbooks to be unmotivating and uninspiring, our mission is to change that and create resources which are designed to engage and motivate! Our first product, the musculoskeletal (MSK) guide is our bestseller to date, having sold almost 2,000 copies worldwide in the last year! Our products are not just aimed at students, anyone wishing to learn about their own body and how to look after themselves should be able to benefit! Why not give our bestselling guide a try today? You can use code: MUDRUNNER15 to get 15% off today! Hang Tidy What better way to start the year than with a shiny new wall ball target or a medal hanger to show off your year in progress. Any medal hanger can be personalised to suit you. Get in touch with Scott via www.hangtidy.co.uk or email him on [email protected] TOP OFFERS VOOM Nutrition Created by a team who have 2 things in common; an addiction to the outdoors and a dedication to creating sports nutrition products that are both high-performing and great tasting. Why not try their marathon bundle. https://www.voomnutrition.co.uk/?ref=pf2E0Ook OR JUST CLICK HERE 20% OFF code: OMRM20 www.hangtidy.co.uk email:[email protected] Get your copy here Merry Christmas from Hysoxs.com

Chill this Christmas It involved completely ‘chilling’ out. Whether you’re planning on it being a ‘quick dip’ when the weather heats up, you can order your ice tub https://ice-tub.com and use our code DONNA18036 to get 10% off. It comes with a lid, warranty and a guide to help you get the most out of your cold-water experience. Don’t stress, just CHILLLLLLLLLLL. 5 TOP OFFERS Brooks Glycerin 20 We know what’ll really start those New Year’s Resolution’s off with a bang. Let’s face it, new trainers do encourage you to get out and wear them with eager anticipation. Whether you head for the coverage of an indoor gym over winter or stick to walking or running outside, these Glycerin 20’s from Brooks are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face this Christmas and New Year. Features include an improved fit, supreme softness from plush cushioning, smoother transitions, and a weight of just 258g means you know your feet are taken care of leaving you to focus on the road ahead. Available from Brooks Order your Ice tub here OMRmagazine @omrmagazine @omrmagazine Follow us to be in with a chance of winning one of our competitions. Keep your eyes peeled. We’re back Page 14

6 OMR : RACE DIVE into an OCR paradise, set amidst an incredible landscape of towering trees, rolling hills, and tranquil lakes. The Forest Warrior course offers a unique blend of natural beauty and exhilarating challenge, leading you through dense forests and along rugged, muddy trails. This route is not for the faint-hearted. Prepare to conquer some of the deepest swamps with your group of friends on a course filled with a variety of obstacles and terrain designed to push you to your limits. Feel the adrenaline as you crawl under obstacles, swing across gaps, and slide down to new terrains. The fun doesn’t stop at the race. Our event area is a hub of activity with facilities like toilets, picnic areas, and refreshment stands, we ensure that you are well taken care of. Spectators can enjoy the race too, with designated viewing spots at key locations like the start and finish lines. The whole area will be alive with music, creating an atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of adventure and community. Join us for a day where the wildness of nature meets the thrill of the race. It’s more than just a physical challenge; it’s an adventure that tests your mental grit and celebrates the joy of overcoming obstacles, both literal and metaphorical. Welcome to the Forest Warrior Obstacle Course Race – where every step is an adventure.


8 COVER STORY 10 obstaclemudrunner.co.uk For Elite Atheletes to Fun Runners 18 All Photos credit of Harm Dommisse R S EVIEW

9 REVIEW : HEADWEAR dryrobe Eco Beanie The team and I were lucky enough to test and review the Eco Beanie from dryrobe. Made from 100% recycled polyester yarn, these hats are super soft and smooth. They were thicker than I thought they’d be, that’s because they are double layer knit. They’re available in 5 fantastic colours so you’re sure to find one to either coordinate with your dryrobe or your favourite outer layer. We chose colours to match our team race colours. Here’s what some of the team have to say about them: Dawn says “I absolutely love it. The red is flashy and keeps my head super warm on the early morning frosty runs.” Laura says “Fits my noggin perfectly. Snug but not tight so it stays in place whether I decide to wear it higher up or lower down so it covers my ears and back of the neck. Mine has been on the school run, at an obstacle are and on the lake. I love the fact it’s quick drying. ” Jason says “It’s snug, stylish and comfortable, great quality and is a perfect accompaniment to my dryrobe.” Not bad for someone who doesn’t usually wear hats eh? Rhys said “I love it. It’s comfy, looks great and is really warm.” The dryrobe eco beanie certainly seems to tick all the boxes. You can GET YOURS HERE. RRP £15. That’s a Christmas gift for the whole family sorted! Alix is keeping warm during training Donna says “The kids keep trying to steal mine. I love how soft they are, and they look great. All I need now is one for the dog or is that a step too far?” At least one part of him stays warm! Scotty wears his in his ice tub. Brrrrrr…. Stuart feels like a model in his

10 obstaclemudrunner.co.uk REVIEW : BRA salomon.com If I’m honest, I tend to shy away from bra’s like this. Cross Run Bra from Salomon Bra’s that don’t have a back or a front fastening – I always think they’re going to stretch when you’re pulling them on over your head and not offer the support that: q They’re supposed to, and w That I need. I can happily report that this Cross Run bra does not stretch out of shape or lose support. The fabric is made from 79% recycled polyester, the remainder is elastane which allows it to stretch when putting it on but also reliably reduces back to its original shape when worn, meaning it sits close to the skin to offer the support that it was intended to and moves with you. It is sweatwicking so it draws sweat away from your body to reduce the risk of chaffing, and mesh panels offer brilliant ventilation. I’ve been using this bra regularly for 6 months in my home gym and it still offers the same support as it did when I first got it. It washes well and has kept its shape. (FYI – I wash my sports kit without softener and at 30 degrees.) At just 96g it is lightweight and comfortable and true to size. It offers medium support making it suitable for running, gym, cycling, hiking, skiing etc… Available in 4 different colours and sizes from XS – XL you’ll be sure to find one to fit. Priced at £45 from Salomon

11 RACE : COVER Are you insured? I have insurance for my business. Why wouldn’t you? It’s not only sensible protection, but in many professions, like mine, it’s also a legal requirement. Do any of these apply to you? l Sports l Golf l Photography l Caravan l Park Home l Valuables l Boat l Music l Shooting l Cycling Or do you run a small business?... Here are just some of the professions Insure4Sport cover. l Dog walker l Builder l Caterer l Electrician l Plumber l Window cleaner l Accountant l Hair and Beauty Because I recently used Insure4Sport I’m able to share with you an EXCLUSIVE 30% OFF your first order over £40. Why not click the link below to see whether they cover you. You save and I get a little something for referring too. Win, win… CLICK HERE TO SAVE... Thanks Donna

12 Dryrobe Get changed. Stay warm. dryrobe Dog Coat Did someone say walkies? “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” Alfred Wainwright. It turns out this saying is also relevant to my pooch. My furry little friend absolutely detests going out in bad weather but with the dryrobe fully waterproof dog coat she didn’t tend to mind it quite so much. I’ve had multiple jackets for my dog ‘Pepper’ over the years, none of which she would walk in. She would stop dead at the door and refuse to move until I took it off. Knowing this about my dog meant that my expectations from ‘yet another’ dog coat weren’t particularly high. However, the dryrobe dog coat allows plenty of room for movement with adjustable straps so it fits better than any I’ve tried. She seemed comfortable and was happy to wear it. Previous ones we’ve owned would fit around her middle but were too short or too long, or they were the right length but wouldn’t do up around her tummy. (A problem I can relate to.) It has a soft lambswool inner lining which means it can also be used as a dog towel and is fully waterproof and wind resistant on the outer for those wet and windy walkies. I like the addition of the reflective piping so she is more visible before and after daylight hours. She seems to like it and so do I. Available from XS all the way up to XXL and in 6 different colour ways, I bet if your dog could write, it would be on their Christmas list. AVAILABLE FROM DRYROBE RRP £45 dryrobe Eco Thermal Boots These boots, as with many other dryrobe products are designed to make warming up as easy as pie. These simple to slip on boots have dryrobe’s signature sherpa lining with an easy quick pull ankle cord to adjust the fit. The water-resistant outer is easily wipeable and both the upper and inner are made from 100% recycled nylon and polyester. The cushioned sole has an instep for comfort and is made from 20% algae-based Bloom Rise and 80% EVA Rubber. Available in Black. Women’s size 4-8, Men’s 8-12. AVAILABLE FROM DRYROBE RRP £80 REVIEW : DRYROBE

13 dryrobe Water-repellent Car Seat Cover. Made from 100% recycled fabric. A dryrobe car seat cover will protect your own car seat by absorbing moisture from your clothing if getting into the car wet or in adverse weather. It has elasticated edging and velcro fastening straps so it’s fully adjustable to your seat shape making it suitable for most cars and vans. I’m really impressed that the water-repellent shell is made from 100% recycled nylon and the synthetic lambswool lining from 100% recycled polyester without compromising softness and isn’t scratchy at all. It is ultra-warm, really hardwearing and looks cool with the iconic dryrobe logo embroidered into the back of it. AVAILABLE AS A SINGLE OR A DOUBLE SEAT COVER and in 3 different colours from dryrobe. Single RRP £50, double £70. dryrobe Eco Thermal Mittens. If you’re going to buy any gloves this winter, make it these. They will be the only ones you’ll need. I think dryrobe have thought of everything when the design team got together over this one. Here’s why I recommend these: l Made with 100% recycled fabrics meaning they’re friendlier on our environment. l Water resistant so your hands will stay nice and dry whilst out in the elements. l Quick drying so they’re ready to use again quickly. l Elasticated cuff so your hands and sleeves are fully protected from the wind too. l Ultra warm polar fleece lining so your hands can warm up quickly and stay warm. l Magnetic coverings on the removable mitten part of the hand and the thumb. You can fold back the mitten to expose your fingers in a ¾ glove and expose the thumb for when needed. The little hidden magnet holds them out of the way. Genius! Available in Black S,M,L,XL AVAILABLE FROM DRYROBE RRP £40 REVIEW : DRYROBE https://dryrobe.com

RACE : MUD MONSTERS 10 years on the run Looking back to when we discussed starting the business and ‘wanting to try to get some people running through the mud’ to our first event with 350 runners and our primative obstacles to where we are now with an event like nothing we ever imagined, it all seems quite unbelievable. As a family run event we are really passionate about every aspect of the business and making sure our runners have a brilliant time on our course is our main priority, seeing those muddy smiles crossing the finishing line is why we have done this event for so long. 2024 will see our ‘come back’ event, we took a year out from putting on the run while we had our little boy and are more excited than ever about our next event. During our time away we have had time to reflect on the event and business and discuss what we think works, what doesn’t and what can be improved and we are bringing it all together to put on our best event EVER! We are working on bringing the focus back to ‘fun’ and as such have tweaked our distances to 7km and 14km. Obstacles will be tweaked too… all the favourites will still be there but some will be moved, some taken out and one in particular given a great big upgrade (more details will be released soon). As always you can expect everything you know and love about Mud Monsters, our super gooey, brown, sticky mud (of course), our amazing volunteers who are known for the most amazing cheering on and encouragement (a number of our regulars are coming out of marshal retirement for our next event), photos from around the course (which are all available to download for free after the event), finishers medals, a brilliant event village with music playing all day, loads of fun obstacles, a no pressure course and possibly even the mud monster himself who might just catch you out when you least expect it in the woods. Next year will see loads of exciting things happening with the event in the lead up to the day, we can’t say much at the moment but lots of things will be announced over the coming months. The kids run (Mud Monsters Ninja’s) will also see some changes in 2024 and ages 4-12 will be able to join in the muddy fun and get their very own medal. If you haven’t taken on our course before then what are you waiting for…come along and enjoy the ‘fun’ side of OCR, forget about your Garmin or crossing the finish line, just enjoy the journey and all the fun that made you fall in love with running around in the mud in the first place. If you have taken part before then we would love for you to come back and experience our new course and we can’t wait to see everyone there! 2024 marks 10 years of Mud Monsters Run, where has that decade gone? 3814

RACE : MUD MONSTERS 15 You can book your spot here www.mudmonstersrun.co.uk

8 COVER STORY 10 obstaclemudrunner.co.uk For Elite Atheletes to Fun Runners 18 All Photos credit of Harm Dommisse X S MA

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18 WINTER : TRAINING & RACING What do I need for winter training and racing? Some of you crazies will still wear shorts and a vest for winter, brrrrr… You guys make me feel cold just looking at you! Here are our top 6 recommendations for those wet and chilly winter events. q A Baselayer – here’s why… l Wicks moisture away from the body transferring sweat to the outer layers. This keeps the skin dry and helps maintain thermal comfort. l They provide insulation, helping to regulate body temperature by trapping a thin layer of air close to the skin in cold conditions. l They’re often made from soft material adding comfort whilst reducing friction and the likelihood of chaffing. l Easily adjustable central heating for your body when used in conjunction with a mid and an outer layer. It’s easy to add/remove a thin layer when too cold/hot, depending on activity levels and weather. l Quick drying means it does its job quickly and helps maintain warmth and comfort. w A good pair of gloves. I know at-least a handful of you who suffer from Raynaud’s disease, this is a condition that affects blood flow to parts of the body, usually the fingers and toes. Smaller arteries that supply blood constrict excessively (vasospasm) in response to cold or stress, limiting blood supply. You may experience numbness, tingling and a feeling of coldness. If you suspect you have this, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for an evaluation and guidance. Wearing good gloves is beneficial in keeping warm and providing insulation to help prevent the fingers and hands getting too cold and triggering a vasospasm. Choosing the right type of glove depends upon the activity you are doing. Are you going for a run in windy conditions? In which case you’ll need light-weight wind resistant gloves. Is it raining or will you be fully submerged in a river or a lake? Look for gloves that retain heat, are water resistant, or go for neoprene for extra warmth. Note... to manage Raynaud’s well you should take steps to stay warm in general, not just on your hands or feet. The above advice isn’t just for Raynaud’s sufferers but for everyone who ventures out beyond autumn. Keeping warm helps prevent illness and fatigue. e A buff This is an absolute must for me. In fact, it’s rare to see me race at any time of year without one. During winter I start with it around my neck to keep the chill out, and on freezing days I pull it up onto the lower half of my face to keep my face warm. When I get too hot, I pull it up and onto my head to use as a hairband keeping my hair off my face, and if I’m sweaty I’ll often wrap it around my wrist so I have a sweatband. I have a large selection of these that I’ve collected over the years but obviously the Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine one is my all-time fave.

19 WINTER : TRAINING & RACING r A hat: Wearing a hat whilst running in winter provides several benefits. l Retains heat. A significant amount of heat is lost through the head and wearing a hat helps to retain this. l Comfort. A hat will protect your ears and head from the elements, avoiding that biting chill in the air and preventing discomfort. l Moisture wicking. In addition to keeping you warm, some hats are designed to wick away sweat and moisture, keeping your head dry and preventing heat loss through damp clothing. l Increased visibility. Choose a hat that is either brightly coloured or has reflective features. Anything that increases visibility, especially in winter or in low-light conditions promotes your safety. t Long leggings As much as you may feel as free as a bird in shorts in winter, long leggings are a good idea. They provide an additional layer of insulation for your legs. This not only helps to keep you warmer and protect you from the elements, but the added compression provide support to muscles during physical activity, potentially reducing muscle fatigue. They are generally made from good sweat wicking material, so they’ll soak up any sweat and keep it away from your skin. It’s important to consider the specific conditions you’ll be running in before making an appropriate choice. So yes, you really do need those new ones you’ve had your eye on. (wink) y Suitable trail shoes You’ll need a good pair, but what defines a good pair? My advice is – something that’s right for you. That may not necessarily be what Uncle Bob’s next-door neighbour wears, go for something that suits your foot and your requirements. Things to consider are: l Traction. You’re going to need this if venturing out onto wet, slippery or uneven surfaces. l Durability. They need to withstand your demands. l Water resistant or quick draining? Consider the type of running/racing you’ll be doing and how much of the wet stuff is involved. l Insulation. Do you need them to help keep your feet warm, what speed/distance will you be covering? Some offer insulation adding comfort during cold temperatures. l Ankle support. You may need additional support if navigating uneven or slippery terrain, reducing the risk of injury. l Versatility. Lots of trail shoes are versatile and suitable for various activities, such as: hiking, running, walking or even to wear in snowy conditions. Whichever you choose, it’s vital you have ones to suit you. There are so many to choose from so try before you buy if possible.

3820 HEALTH : EAT Eat for winter health Maintaining a robust immune system becomes crucial in warding off colds and seasonal illnesses. Winter brings not just chilly weather but also an increased risk of colds, flu and other infections – and your lovely kids so kindly share whatever they catch at school! While proper hygiene and adequate rest are vital, a well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients plays a pivotal role in fortifying your body’s defence mechanisms. The key nutrients: q Vitamin c: renowned for its immune-boosting properties, vitamin c plays a crucial role in strengthening the body’s natural defences. It supports the production of white blood cells, key defenders against infections. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are well-known sources, but also consider kiwi, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli. w Vitamin d: often deficient during the winter due to limited sunlight exposure, vitamin d is crucial for immune function. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, fortified dairy or plant-based milk and egg yolks are excellent sources. Also, spend as much time outdoors as possible – particularly with your skin out on sunny days – to get a natural boost of vitamin d. e Zinc: zinc is vital for immune cell development and function. Foods rich in zinc include legumes like chickpeas and lentils, seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), nuts and whole grains and dairy or dairy alternatives. r Vitamin e: an antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection, vitamin e can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach and avocados. t Omega-3 found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, omega-3s contribute to immune regulation and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Best foods for winter immunity: l Citrus fruits: stock up on oranges, grapefruits and clementines. These fruits are not only rich in vitamin c but also provide hydration during the drier winter months. l Dark leafy greens: spinach and kale are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin e and antioxidants, crucial for immune support. If you’re not a fan of them boiled (who is?) Then spread kale out on a baking dish crack some salt on top and chuck the try in the oven – kale crisps, yum. l Garlic: known for its antimicrobial properties, garlic can help fight off infections. Incorporate it into soups, stews or roasted vegetables for both flavour and immune-boosting benefits. l Ginger: this root has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Use it in teas, stir-fries, or as a seasoning in various dishes to support immunity. l Turmeric: known for its active compound, curcumin, turmeric possesses powerful antiinflammatory properties. Add it to curries, soups or warm beverages. l Nuts and seeds: almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of vitamins e and zinc, providing a nutritious boost to your immune system. l Probiotic-rich foods: yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi contain beneficial bacteria that support gut health, which is closely linked to immune function. Conclusion: By incorporating these nutrient-rich foods into your winter diet, you can help fortify your body’s defences against seasonal illnesses. A varied, colourful, and balanced diet combined with other healthy habits like regular exercise and adequate sleep can significantly bolster your immunity during the colder months. Remember, while these foods offer immune support, they should complement an overall healthy lifestyle and not replace professional medical advice. Stay nourished, stay active, and stay well this winter! Want to know how to train for an OCR in winter? Read our blog HERE…


22 RACE : REPORT GM4X Paratrekker Takes On Tough Mudder Despite the challenges posed by his condition, Ben’s determination to overcome obstacles was unwavering. His journey at Tough Mudder began with walking the course and evolved to using a wheelchair with a dedicated support team. This year, Ben embraced the revolutionary GM4X Paratrekker, an adaptive technology designed to empower athletes like him. His experience marked a significant milestone, showcasing the potential of this cutting-edge equipment to transform the way adaptive athletes participate in events. Ben praised the thoughtfully engineered design of the GM4X Paratrekker and expressed anticipation for its wider availability among adaptive athletes. His inspiring journey stands as a beacon of hope, emphasising that with determination and the right support, anyone can overcome challenges. Ben’s story encourages others to confront challenges head-on, fostering a resilient community that refuses to be defined by disabilities. Tough Mudder is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and empowerment through initiatives like the Adaptive Athlete Programme and innovative technologies such as the GM4X Paratrekker. Ben Jesson’s remarkable journey exemplifies the spirit of Tough Mudder – the relentless pursuit of triumph against all odds. For those interested in participating in Tough Mudder as either an adaptive athlete or as a course guide, please CLICK HERE to receive more information. About Tough Mudder Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder is a leading global sports and active lifestyle brand that creates the world’s most extraordinary adventures and champions the power of teamwork. With more than 6 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 challenges (Tough Mudder (10+ miles & Lidl Mudder) and endurance (Tough Mudder Infinity, Europe’s Toughest Mudder and World’s Toughest Mudder) events annually in 10 countries. The company’s content studio fuels a global movement of people who work together to uncover their hidden potential, providing millions of engaged online brand enthusiasts with wellness, nutrition and inspirational content delivered daily across social and digital platforms. More than 500,000 new participants are welcomed to the global Tough Mudder community every year. The company is part of the Spartan global family of extreme endurance properties. For more information visit www.toughmudder.co.uk Tough Mudder, renowned for its challenging obstacle courses and spirit of camaraderie, is proud to announce the success of its Adaptive Athlete Programme, a groundbreaking initiative breaking barriers for athletes facing disabilities. In an extraordinary tale of resilience, Ben Jesson, a courageous individual with a neurological disability, emerged triumphant at Tough Mudder London South on the GM4X Paratrekker.

23 RACE : TOUGH MUDDER Who wants to see some stats? Tough Mudder UK continues to lead the way in the obstacle course racing industry, with over 100,000 competitors storming back to the mud in 2023, embodying the spirit of challenge and accomplishment. November, UK: In a muddy and exhilarating season, Tough Mudder UK celebrated monumental success with 2023 participation. The end of season statistics revealed a staggering 101,276 fearless Mudders tackled the challenges thrown their way. These courageous individuals faced a jawdropping total of 2,188,297 obstacles combined, showcasing their determination and grit. Throughout this adrenaline-fueled journey, Mudders covered over a remarkable million kilometres (1,062,972) collectively, pushing their limits and embracing the thrill of the race. A standout event of the season was the sell-out London South which saw an impressive 15,000 participants coming together in September, making it a memorable weekend for all involved. As ever, Tough Mudder owes a lot to its loyal participants that keep coming back. A truly inspiring 16 people took part in their 100th Tough Mudder event this year and were crowned with a golden headband and an induction into the Tough Mudder Hall of Fame. While many staggered over the finish line, five participants went down to one knee on purpose and officially asked their other halves to marry them. Thankfully they all said YES! The same happiness can’t be said for the 169 pairs of pants that valiantly sacrificed themselves to the mud gods, along with 101 trainers, leaving their owners in stitches and in desperate need of new outfits. Meanwhile an estimated 20,000 bruises were displayed like badges of honour, telling tales of epic battles against the course’s quirks and challenges. The events were not only physically challenging but also incredibly popular, with the 1-mile Lidl Mudder course continuing its success with young adventurers, who embarked on their own muddy escapades, creating cherished memories and instilling a love for adventure from a young age. Matthew Brooke, Senior Vice President Tough Mudder, expressed his gratitude, saying, “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who added their fire to Tough Mudder UK this year, from our daring participants to our incredible operations team, volunteers, and cherished partners. Your energy transformed this season into an unforgettable adventure.” As the curtain falls on this epic season, the countdown begins for another year of mudsplattered grit, heart-pounding excitement, and triumphant moments. Get ready to dive back into the madness – Tough Mudder UK 2024 is on the horizon, promising a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences! Sign up and see more info here. A staggering 101,276 participants conquered Tough Mudder in an epic 2023 season 101,276 2,188,297 people took part in courses all over the UK over a jaw dropping obstacles 5An emotional proposals took place on finish lines (all said YES!) 16100 A whopping participants also took place in their Tough Mudder event th Photo: Tough Mudder


25 REVIEW : THUNDERCROSS Thundercross Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoes Perfect for winter. THUNDERCROSS GORE-TEX trail running shoe is what we all need this time of year. Thanks to the Gore-tex fabric they are both waterproof and breathable. They provide a comfortable and supportive ride, courtesy of the springy, cushioned midsole. They have a 4mm drop and 5mm lugs allowing for superior grip. The Salomon Thundercross offer excellent stability meaning you can tackle any terrain, no matter how tricky, technical or wet. Salomon trail shoes have an unmistakable classic look about them and these winter-proof goretex trail running shoes don’t disappoint. With an abundance of beneficial features such as the standard quick lace system means they’re on or off your feet quicker than it takes to say “ready, steady, run.” First impressions – they’re really light, just 265g for ladies (290g men’s) and they look great. All of these features combine to give you lightweight, cushioned and waterproof protection for your feet. Available in a variety of colours from Salomon.com Cushioning: Maximal · Shoe Width: Standard · Drop: 4 in mm · Lug Depth: 5mm Photos: Salomon

3826 REVIEW : KIT Comfort & Safety Crossfly Pro We asked a local footballer to try these out and share with us his top 4 favourite characteristics about these boxer shorts. Mr Footballer said, “These 7” Pro’s are the most comfortable boxer shorts I’ve worn in a very long time. I tend to wear my ‘lucky pants’ every week so it was a big risk trying these. To be honest, they’ve seen better days, however, it wasn’t a tradition I was particularly willing to break. I’m relieved to say we still won 2-1 and i’m not saying these pants had anything to do with the result, but you never know.” He told us what he thinks are the 4 best features: q Number 1 on my list is comfort. No-one can play sports to the best of their ability when their underwear is cutting into places it shouldn’t. These were spot on, not too loose, not too tight. I wear a large and I’d say these are true to size. w Support. It’s impossible to run with 100% focus on the game when you’re too aware you’re not being supported properly. These Crossfly’s fit so that your ‘you know what’ is cocooned in place. I can only imagine it’s how ladies feel with an ill-fitting bra? e The fabric is sweat-wicking and fast drying which means no chaffing. An absolute must when you know your game is going to be fastpaced and sweaty. r Easy access for when nature calls. When you’ve not much time at half time, I like to get in, get done and get out. (Washing my hands first of course.) They certainly tick ALL the boxes. Available from crossfly.com Did you also know they are planet friendly, have breathable mesh panels, are anti-microbial, have an invisible dual layer and have a stay-in-place waistband. Suunto Wing Bone-conducting headphones have unique benefits and features: q Open ear design meaning they rest outside the ear allowing users to hear ambient sounds, enhancing situational awareness during use. w Safer to use since they don’t block the ear canal, users are more aware of their surroundings, reducing the risk of accidents, especially when outdoors or on the roads. e Increased comfort during prolonged use as they don’t go inside the ear. r Protects hearing by reducing the risk of damage because they don’t deliver sound directly to the ear canal. t Suitable for various activities including sports, commuting or situations where environmental awareness is crucial. y Red LED lights on either side increase visibility. u Waterproof, sweatproof and dustproof meaning they’re set to tackle any situation. i Exceptional battery life. Up to 10 hours of battery life with one charge AND comes with a power bank that adds another 20 hours of music play-time. o Lightweight and stable making them usable regardless of your sport or the terrain. 1) High quality sound with controls both on the headphones and on the app, meaning you’re in control at all times. Take a phone call, turn the volume up/down, play/pause, skip a track or turn your lights on/off. Literally, all you need at your fingertips. Made for sports and available now from Suunto

REVIEW : KIT 27 UP Vest At this time of year, you’ve got to think ‘Safety first’ and just because you can see cars, motorbikes, cyclists or other runners, doesn’t mean they can see you. With this water-resistant, super lightweight reflective LED Run Vest & Phone Carrier you’ll be easily visible to everyone – even from half a mile away! It features reflective detailing and has a handy pouch for you to store your phone with a flip down touch window meaning you can still use your phone, in its pouch, on the move. This vest has fully adjustable waist and shoulder velcro fasteners so it’s suitable for most and offers easy movement as well as night-time safety. It has rear LED lights with different modes offering a permanently on, off or flashing option. Battery wise, it can last 72 hours in constant mode or 144 hours flashing, meaning that no matter how long your run, this should see you through from start to finish. The battery itself is a CR2032, they’re the small round ones so no bulky battery compartment or any unnecessary extra weight. Available in fluorescent yellow and black from 1000mile. Artliect Base-layer Attention please! This Boulder 125 ¼ zip baselayer has a bundle of brilliant features which makes it worth every penny. Artliect says “there is no better combination of performance, comfort, and durability in the world.” Its standout features are: l Thermoregulating components designed to add effortless performance in a modern fit. l Superior Bluesign® 125GSM Nuyarn merino offers extra loft for an unmatched warmth-toweight ratio l 5x faster drying l Remarkable long-term durability l Superfine 18 micron non-mulsed Australian merino Wool for maximum softness and wearability l Incredible stretch and recovery l Easy Fit, offers a modern fit with full coverage l Targeted eyelet knit underarm for increased breathability l No-chafe flatlock seams l Gusseted Armpits l Machine Washable l Hang-Dry Loop l YKK ZIPPER Suitable for all snow, mountains and trails or wherever your adventures take you. Available in 4 different colours from Artliect

28 A common injury in runners and how to avoid it “One of the most common injuries I regularly see and treat in runners is calf strains or tears.” Dawn Nunes Occasionally these injuries happen suddenly with no warning, but often there are some key signs to be aware of that may help you avoid or at least lessen the likelihood of you sustaining a calf injury. There are two sets of calf muscles. The gastrocnemius – which is the big part at the top and this is a two joint muscle as it crosses the knee and then joins the Achilles for the ankle. The second is the soleus which is a one joint muscle attaching to the Achilles on to the ankle joint. It is important to understand some anatomy as this can help guide you to strengthen each part of the calf complex. If we listen to our bodies – and this can be for any injury – it often lets us know that it is tired, straining, overworked or stressed. This can be in the form of tightness that continues past when expected, a small area of tenderness or pain or if you feel exhausted due to life events and fatigued before you have even started your workout, be cautious. If you have a change in running shoe or wear shoes you are not used to – example high heels or flat shoes with no cushioning – these will change the way that your foot lands and may contribute to some additional tightness. Normally this will be ok. However, if you are training hard, these seemingly small changes may push your muscle into a position that it is not used to which can lead to tightness and a strain if over worked. If you change running shoes from a high heel to toe (the drop in the shoe from the heel to toe) to a low one or vice versa, this can also change the calf dynamics. The change should be gradually introduced rather than sudden. Regular foam rolling the calves can help keep the muscle in a good form as well as seeking out a good sports masseuse when you are in a competitive stage of your training. Calf sleeves may also help increase blood circulation and also aid with recovery after long or hard sessions. Gentle stretching after activities will help improve overall mobility and stretch to maintain a good length in the muscle. If you feel a sudden pain in your calf, the best advice is to stop the activity immediately, see if you are able to walk it off but if there is any residual pain then to gently walk home and see how you are the following day. Follow the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) If the pain has eased, then test it out with a gentle run. Also make sure that you keep to the flats and slower paces if you do have a calf irritation as these two factors will place additional strain on your calf. With prolonged calf pain I would recommend seeing a physiotherapist to fully assess your running technique and give you a detailed assessment to make sure that you have a full rehabilitation plan as well as good running technique to help prevent future calf strains. You can reach me @dawnnunesphysio or email me on [email protected] to book in for your full running assessment. HEALTH : INJURY Dawn Nunes Head of Rehab & Physiotherapist MPhil Sports Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons), Dip SOM

29 HEALTH : INJURY If we listen to our bodies – and this can be for any injury – it often lets us know that it is tired, straining, overworked or stressed Photo by Alex Kinkate

30 21 FUEL : RECOVERY A Big Thank you for all your support and Merry Christmas from the team at OMRM HQ

31 PLAY: DIARY DATES JAN/FEB/MAR 2024 APRIL 2024 MAY 2024 14 Jan: British OCR 100m Championship (Save the Date) 14: Kernow Killer – Hilly Hell Trail Run 27-28: HYROX Manchester 11 Feb: HYROX Dubai 02 Mar: HYROX Glasgow 02: Winter Nuts 03: HYROX Glasgow 14: Ferny Crofts Mud Run 06-07: Tough Mudder South East/Lidl Mudder 13: Inflatable 5k DONINGTON PARK 20: Inflatable 5k St Albans (Hertfordshire) 20: Get Caked 2024 27: Spring Wolf Warwickshire 27: Inflatable 5k EXETER 27: BORN SURVIVOR – ASSAULT ON CAPESTHORNE HALL 27: Shropshire Mud Run 28: The Normanby Hall Adventure Race 28: Eastnor Castle Mud Bath (Mini Mud Bath) 28: Adrenalin Shock 04: WESTON PARK PRETTY MUDDY KIDS 04: SWINDON PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 04: CARDIFF PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 11: Nuclear Races RUSH WEEKEND 11: Nuclear Races ROOKIE RUSH WEEKEND 11: NORWICH PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 11: CORNWALL PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 11: LEEDS PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 11: Color Obstacle Rush UK Brighton 11: Inflatable 5k Guildford (Surrey) 11: LONDON WEST SPARTAN TRIFECTA WEEKEND 2024 - BEAST/SPRINT/KIDS 11: Bog Commander and Family Wave 12: Nuclear FIT 12: Nuclear Races RUSH WEEKEND 12: Nuclear Races ROOKIE RUSH WEEKEND 12: FIFE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 12: LONDON WEST SPARTAN TRIFECTA WEEKEND 2024 -SUPER/SPRINT 12: LEICESTERSHIRE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 12: Nuclear Races FAMILY WAVE RUSH WEEKEND 12: Nuclear Races Oblivion Extreme 18: COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 18: 4x4 Nuts 18: Farmyard Jam Ultra 24 Hour 18: Color Obstacle Rush UK LONDON 18: Inflatable 5k Brands Hatch (Kent) 18: Overload 2024 18: Tough Mudder London West, Lidl Mudder and Infinity 18: Camelot Color Challenge 19: WIRRAL PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 19: Tough Mudder London West and Lidl Mudder 25: WELWYN AND HATFIELD PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 25: LONDON - CLAPHAM PRETTY MUDDY KIDS 25: Color Obstacle Rush UK MANCHESTER 26: BASINGSTOKE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 01: NOTTINGHAM PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 01: WINDSOR PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 01: POOLE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 01: Color Obstacle Rush UK MILTON KEYNES 02: STAMFORD PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 02: SUNDERLAND PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 02: Maldon Mud Race 08: MILTON KEYNES PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 08: SHEFFIELD PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 08: WATFORD PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 08: PRESTON PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 08: Color Obstacle Rush UK Newcastle 08: Inflatable 5k Liverpool 08-09: Summer Wolf 10k/5k/Junior 15: GLASGOW PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 15: WAKEFIELD PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 15: BASILDON PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 15: Tough Mudder/Lidl Mudder/ Infinity Scotland 15: Dirty Rotten Scramble ‘XXtreme Trails’ 15: IPSWICH PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 16: DUNDEE PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 16: WARRINGTON PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 22: SANDWELL PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 22: CHESHIRE – TATTON PARK PRETTY MUDDY 5K/KIDS 22: SOUTHAMPTON PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 22: Inflatable 5k WOLVERHAMPTON 22: Mud Monsters Run 22-23: 12K, 6K & Junior Warrior WARRIOR 23: BRISTOL PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 23: ULTRA WARRIOR 28: MIDLANDS SPARTAN TRIFECTA WEEKEND 2023 - HURRICANE HEAT 29: KINGSTON AND KEMPTON PARK PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 29: DERBY PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 29: CHELTENHAM PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 29: PORTSMOUTH PRETTY MUDDY 5K/Kids 29: Inflatable 5k Leeds 29: MIDLANDS SPARTAN TRIFECTA WEEKEND 2023 - BEAST/SPRINT/KIDS TO SEE A FULL LISTING GO TO OCR.BUDDY.COM Diary Dates Diary Dates provided by OCR Buddy ocrbuddy.com JUNE 2024

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