Race Report: Carla van Huyssteen – Tough Mudder 2018

It started with the pledge of “The Mudder”, and finished with a shock to the system…the inaugural Tougher Mudder SA race was a hit!!

 

Kneeling next to my fellow mudders, pledging the “Mudder pledge”, the tone was set for the spirit of the race, teamwork. Even though the race offered incentives, an overall sense of teamwork is still the main focus.

 

The race venue was just outside Grabouw, an area I love racing in, the beautiful mountains, bleach white sand and stone, deep brown dams, just spectacular, and with the added mist and drizzle it definitely set the scene for a great day out.

 

As for the race, the rules indicate that your fellow mudder is allowed to give you a hand in need, no mudder left behind. This camaraderie concept is an international Mudder ideology, one they shared with the South African ORC community. This, however, does create the opportunity for the running part or “obstacle” of the race to be a flat our sprint due to the fact that the obstacles will all be achievable one way or the other, so you might as well run hard and hopefully the guy or girl next to you gives you a hand if needed, so you keep your speed going throughout the race.

 

As mentioned before I love the Grabouw area, home of Xterra SA, AfricanX trail run, Wine2Whales, some Cape Epic stages and now Tough Mudder! The running route was stunning, and challenging, steep long climbs and technical descents, but that’s what I prefer to run so it probably suited me quite well and  I decided to just go for it from the start and see how far I get. I managed to open a gap small gap on Nadine from AOT, her running strength having improved very much over the last few months. 

One by one I just focused on getting to and through the next obstacle ahead and running as strong as I could. The obstacles where fun and different, very enjoyable.

I managed to take the win this time, so blessed to firstly be able to run again, and secondly be fit and healthy to enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful country.

 

In Summary…

Loved the venue, loved the concept, loved the trails and the creative obstacles!

Thank you Tough Mudder for bringing your concept to South Africa, hope the atmosphere, hospitality and athletes delivered.