Report from Stephen Boddy:
I write this report fully aware of its implications. I will accept the condemnation and ostracising that may follow. I will hang my head in shame as I read the reports of more worthy, more pure and (almost certainly) cheaper races that people ran this weekend. I understand that big business obstacle course races are mocked and vilified within the running fraternity and I too have scoffed at them on many occasions. So here is my excuse, sorry my report;
It all began in the pub. A few of my mates were discussing how to get fit in the bloated post-Christmas period and we decided to enter the Major Series. I helpfully pointed on we could get ten entries to the Ilkley Fell Race for the price of one entry to the major series but this fell on deaf ears. So I decided to do the obstacle course with an open mind and I have to say it was a lot of fun.
We did the course as a group of five and stuck together all the way round which took the pressure off and meant it was pretty easy going. The obstacles were cold, wet, muddy, sadistic but, at times, quite funny.(so in many ways, like a fell race)
The main criticism was that there was way too much queuing at certain obstacles which is common complaint but it gave us a chance to have a bit of a chat. I would advocate doing this with a group of mates as we had a great time but if you’re after a 10k PB I’d pick the Abbey Dash over this. Saying that, I did get a course PB on Sunday.