Race For Life Pretty Muddy Review

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Yesterday I got Pretty darned Muddy in the fantastic sunshine, on a course that went through beautiful Tatton Park in Knutsford. It was the first Race for Life Pretty Muddy event and of course I had to be there for some filthy fun. For once I actually went as part of a team and ended up running the entire way with Lizzy from Mixtape & Menu – my normal strategy of ‘go on your own and run as fast as you can’ would have been very boring in this situation, as it was all about supporting others to get over obstacles in life as you struggle over too. Oh, I do love a good life metaphor!

The Filthy Girls Gang consisted of my old manager from work and a gang of her buddies, most of which had never run a race before. Their excitement was palpable and contagious, so even my most-dreaded part of a race, the ‘fun’ warmup, was full of laughs and hijinks.

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I actually have no idea what time I finished the 5K in, and for once I wasn’t bothered. The scenery was great and the added obstacles made you use your brains as well as your legs.

My only issue was that Pretty Muddy wasn’t quite muddy enough – I’d heard stories of shoes being lost in all the mud but actually it was only the last two obstacles that were muddy. I’d have loved to have been covered top-to-toe thick mud the entire way round.. but maybe that’s just the masochist in me?! Nevertheless, a brilliant morning made all the better by a strong team spirit; though a more seasoned runner may feel blasé about the event, I would highly recommend it as a first foray into cross country running, obstacle courses or even your first run.

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10 Comments

  1. June 23, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    This looks like fun! I really wanted to take part but it was all booked up when I checked. I’m doing the 5K R4L in 3 weeks and I’m so nervy, first run and all that.

    • June 23, 2014 / 4:02 pm

      You’ll be fab – the Race For Life runs are so friendly, not competitive and totally inclusive so you will love it. Bet you catch the racing bug too 😜

  2. June 23, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This looks like so much fun, much more interesting than the average run! So good it’s for such a great cause x

    • June 27, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      I know and everyone was really into the cause, too. I like that it makes it okay to talk about cancer, and most importantly, kicking cancer’s butt!

  3. June 23, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Looks like fun!!! 🙂

    • June 27, 2014 / 2:38 pm

      You should come next time!!

  4. June 23, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    Looks like it was a great time! I too ran a mud race this weekend! =) It is refreshing to just enjoy getting dirty and physical and not worrying about race time.

    • June 27, 2014 / 2:38 pm

      You’re right, it is! Though I was back on the MapMyRun this week, hehe!