I’m lucky in many respects. One of the things that I count myself fortunate for is my circle of friends, acquaintances, run buddies and, not least, the people who see potential in me.
It is a slightly alien feeling for me to feel wanted and included; yet another deep seated issue that isn’t worth explaining because I know many other with anxiety know that feeling inside out. That’s why it has been so important to me, and so fulfilling to be part of Mudstacle. Part of the reason why my race reviews on my own site have been sporadic and late, is because I’m reviewing them over there, and it’s a little difficult to review the same thing twice without boring myself to tears.
So, for your interest, I reviewed the Major Series South over on Mudstacle, and if you fancy reading that, go right ahead. TL;DR, it was really fun.
As far as my personal feelings go, this race emphasised to me just how important it is to not get bogged down in tedious politics, race places and qualifying for things. At the end of the day, we’re all adults running around in fields like over-excited 5 year olds, and trying to make it super-serious takes the sheen off the experience, somewhat. If you’re looking for a race to blow off some steam, indoctrinate new people to your bizarre hobby or give your pals a taste of what it is to forget their troubles and roll around in mud for an hour, then The Major Series is the perfect place to do that.
These chaps here, Adam and Tom are incredibly talented OCR competitors, but certainly not above doing it for shits and giggles, and having a good time with friends.
- Tikiboo leggings (they stay up!) – they are a touch see-through, though
- Nike Hyperwarm base layer
- Tech vest
- Nike anti-blister socks
- Salomon Speedcross 3 (stuck without any variety at the moment as my sesamoid bones don’t like any other shoes!)
- O’neill FLX 3 neoprene gloves – because it was bloody cold
Not even a miserable day can take away from the joy of throwing pretend potato grenades as pyrotechnically enabled buckets. Do this run. Forget about everything, even if just for a day.