On Saturday, Amara’s General Manager Harriet took part in the rather prophetic sounding Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course in aid of Cancer Research. So far Harriet has raised an amazing £300 which is already £100 over the target, let see how muddy she got on the day…
I have taken part in Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’ for the last 9 years or so, and upon hearing about their ‘Pretty Muddy’ event, I decided it was time to get involved in something a little different. This was the first year of Pretty Muddy and I am really pleased to say I was a part of it, almost everyone had some pink on their person and there were a fair few people in fancy dress, including a group of farmyard animal onesies! There was a great atmosphere at the park in Basildon, to help us get warmed up and ready to start there were even some rather muscley boot camp guys taking us through the exercises – I was out of breath before I even started!
The first obstacle was the straw bales, which I launched my way over with huge enthusiasm and onto the pink tyres. All in all there were 10 obstacles on a 5km course; others were cargo nets, spider’s webs and tunnels.
I had foolishly thought that with the time of year it might be a little muddy, but it wouldn’t be too bad – what I hadn’t considered was the stewards throwing handfuls of compost at you on the way round, and that they would provide the mud! The muddy swim was the best obstacle, as we had to get down and swim through through a (albeit shallow) pool of mud, which meant we really did get filthy. The last obstacle was a huge inflatable slide, but as I was by that point covered in wet slippery mud, I unfortunately didn’t make it to the top to slide back down, but I did slide down the steps 3 times – which was fun in itself!!
Would I do it again? Definitely in a heartbeat, but next time I would pack a towel!!
Obstacle courses are extremely popular at the moment at Amara, with Tom taking part in Tough Mudder, Harriet in Pretty Muddy and a group will soon be attempting the very scary looking Back to the Trenches, so expect many more mud infested posts soon…
Well done Harriet!