The organisers of the Grim Challenge must have been jumping around in glee. For a full week before the Grim it had been raining. The Grim Challenge was one of the original organised mud runs. It started 2002 and has kept pretty much the same format ever since. This doesn’t make it boring it just means they got it right the first time around. The course is run at the military 4x4 training ground in Aldershot. It doesn’t have any fancy obstacles, it is just an 8mile, very muddy and hilly run around the 4x4 track. This years pre-rain had definitely made it a tricky run. I am very glad I had cross-country trainers on, other runners were falling around all over the place.
To be honest mud runs and obstacle races are not my thing. If you have not read the trauma I faced doing the Nuts run for event number 5 check it out, I still think I am suffering from post-traumatic stress because of it and it has taken me all summer to warm up!
However, the Grim Challenge has a nice couple of miles to run without being dunked into a huge pool of freezing water. This gave my body time to warm up and I felt I recovered in between each water wade after. There is also never a full body submersion which is so much better. Therefore the Grim is a great fast muddy run where I didn’t get hypothermia. Bonus. I would definatly recommend this event to anyone who fancy pushing themselves and getting muddy at the same time.
The Grim Challenge marks the first month in December and the last month of thirty4thirty. This year has been the most rewarding but on of the hardest years of my life. Training and doing all of the events as well as a full time very physical job has been a struggle. I want to thank you all for supporting me throughout and if you are new to thirty4thirty I thank you for reading and catching up.
These 30 endurance events have all been in aid of the Charity Young Minds UK and to raise awareness of mental health in the young. It is such a fantastic charity, they mean so much to me and it has been a privilege raise money for them.
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