On arrival, sleet and frozen puddles rattled our nerves a little, but spurred on by women’s and men’s changing tents and the promise of some of the infamous Carol Sergeant’s cake on completion; we set off as a group of 7 with a musketeer-like moto of all-for one-…. determined to spend as little time as possible on the course! A few other braves souls from the club also crossed the start line ahead of us with a look of the New Year Madness about them.
The Bog of Doom saw us create a simulation of a human life raft, where we had to keep Tiggy’s head above water, Martyn’s shoes on, whilst the rest of us tried not to die from panic. But, in true Hedgie spirit, we got each other through and emerged as a team at the other end.
From there it truly was a run from hell, the freezing temperatures making it impossible to dry off or defrost. Despite the best efforts of the Angels with music and jelly babies a couple of miles from the end (no, we weren’t hallucinating, there really were angels), there was little more than a frown or some “lively language” from our group. The unwavering support of Jim and Ali combined with Sheryl's amusing pet names for parts of our anatomies which had frozen, carried us through 4 more waist-height water crossings before the finish line.
of the previous 400 words, I can share a secret with you - this was the second year in a row we’ve done it! Almost like we weren’t sure just how bad it was the first time round! It is a well-organised event which pushes you to your limits and, quite importantly, has a fabulous goodie bag and medal at the end.
I can’t remember at which point in 2014 “never again” turned into “shall we?”, but I’m pretty confident that the same won’t happen this time round – twice is definitely enough. Isn’t it?.......