Freezing cold, wet, covered in muck and paying for the privilege. Who would have thought there would be so much fun involved in the event known as the runamuck challenge. On March 5th, myself and thousands of others made the journey to Kildare to literally run-a-muck through an obstacle course which included bales of hay, tarzan ropes, ditches, tyres, tunnels and pond slides.
Myself and my buddy opted for the 5k track, although you can do 10k, which is essentially just two laps of it. Within minutes of starting out sure I was soaking wet and covered in muck and I had a massive smile on my face. There is just something so fun about splashing about like a child and climbing over things. It reminded me just how care free life can be when you get back to nature as such.
It was my first time doing anything other than running in straight line around a regular running course and I have to say I loved it. It’s a whole body workout, it’s a bit of a challenge and you feel damn proud afterwards for doing it.
You can run solo or run as a team and your registration includes a lovely Runamuck mug and your number and timing chip.
Have a peek at the photos below which will give you an idea of what the course entails. I’d encourage anyone to give this a bash. There were people of all age groups competing and the ladies were certainly giving the gents a run for their money in terms of ability.
The event happens twice a year in March and September and you can register right here! and I can’t wait for the next one.
Tip 1: ok so they look all sorts of dainty, but to keep your hands warm, stick a pair of rubber gloves over your woolly gloves to keep them dry. Mine were a last minute buy but sure bright yellow Marigolds are kind of a fashion statement!
Tip 2: changing facilities are the bar minimum with most people getting a very cold hosing down and then changing beside their car. Bring towels, baby wipes, warm clothes and something like some old cardboard to stand on beside your car while your changing.