This year's race seemed particularly challenging, this was mainly due to the mud encrusted course that paved the way from mile to mile. I've never seen so many different types of mud.
- Gloopy mud- stuck firmly to your shoes and made you feel about 1 stone heavier.
- Grey sloppy mud- almost came over your shoes and made your socks all soggy and needing about 20 washes at 60 degrees.
- Vortex mud- trying to suck you, by your feet and ankles deep into the depths of the Surrey Hills.
- Mulchy mud- woody and rather leafy to run on.
- Treacle mud- where ever you placed your foot it would slide in the opposite direction (usually sideways).
- Splashy mud- mud that went right up the backs of your legs and beyond.
- Stinky mud- or perhaps better named swamp mud.
But this was all OK, because the very clever people at Events to Live had made sure there was a good few, deep, cold and muddy puddles to end the race, thus ensuring that all traces of mud and grime were well and truly washed away from the knees down (or ankles if you were tall)!
I can highly recommend it, the T-shirt and chocolate and a handshake from the race director make this unmissable.