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Suffolk Whole Hog
November 8, 2010, 12:24 pm
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Just a quick blog to say that the results from the Suffolk Whole Hog held on Sunday will be e mailed to competitors on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

Race Report

What a day! 400 competitors and the sun was out! Well.. Sort of! For those 400 hardy folk that turned out the weather was nothing like what had been forecasted previously in the week. The sun shine had been replaced by a cold wind and occasional rain and one or two of you might have noticed the hail that came down around 1 hour in to the race?

But, the Hoggers didnt let a simple thing like cold weather and hail dampen their spirits! After a quick warm up led by the Fitness Unit (one of the event sponsors) the race started promptly at 11.30. As always the 1st few kilometres are about ‘warming up’ the competitors and splitting up the pack so that we avoid the waiting at the obstacles. 2 quick kilometres led to the human 4 by 4 section which had a few small (green) ponds to cross followed by a waist depth wade accross the 1st river of the day (there were a few). 2 more undulating kilometres led to the torpedo tubes and then another short section back through the stunning Staverton woods led to the beginning of the main obstacles.

The tunnels we recently blogged about were in place and were a delight to the competitors as they realised that they ended up in a small pond! A quick dash led to the bomb pit climb up the 20 metres near vertical bank of mud.

It was then back down hill to a new obstacle which was a scaffolding structure under which the competitors had to climb – not easy when your waist deep in water! It was then a hasty sprint to another dunking in an area which we call the lagoon but Im not sure how many of you might agree with that description.

A boggy 1/2 kilometre loop led the competitors back to the human 4 by 4 area where they re crossed the river and then went down to the Tunnel of Love (again, what we call it). This year we had extended the entrance site so the competitors were lucky enough (!!??)  to have more of that lovely mud! Out of the tunnel and another 1/2 kilometre led to the new trenches we had dug earlier in the week. Luckily the water was up so the double trench was also full of water!

The course now led to a quick shuffle accross a small stream on our ‘postmans walk’  and a tricky 2 kilometres over freshly ploughed fileds. This leg sapping section is hard work and is shortly followed by a short downhill section, through the spiders web and down to the last water obstacle – then it was a chest high dunking before another scramble to lead back to the final few kilometers. With just the hay bail steeple chase left to do it was all whooping and cheers down to the finish line where hot food and beer was waiting for the finishers!

A brilliant effort by everyone who took part!  Results to follow later in the week!

Thanks to event sponsors Smart Wool, Fitness Unit and Sweat Shop. Thanks also to all the marshalls who helped out on the day – a stirling effort in the, once again, grim weather.

Event photos are avaialable at: www.digitalevents.photoreflect.com

Finally, a great effort by all those who chose to raise money for charity this year – we will keep you updated on how much is raised!


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It was a great day. Slight overkill on the water, especially when left wading in for long periods of time due to bottle kneck at the tunnel where people had to crawl up the embakment. The full emersion swim seemed a bit much and seemed to demonstrate a sadistic streak in the course organizers. Would have been nice to have had less water and a wider variety of obstacles ie more things to climb up and over.

Comment by David Low

Sadistic!! The forecast was meant to be sunny so we thought that you would need cooling off! In all seriousness – thanks for the feedback – we have some new obstacle ideas for 2011 which wil certainly offer more of what you asked for!

Comment by 8point2

Brilliant fun. It was a surprise to do the full swim as I had imagined that we would have the zip wire (aka last year), but just jumped in and tried to keep head above water!
The hail left me with an amazing rash of bruises on my arms as we were caught in the middle of the run across the open fields bit!
Have you sorted out the results yet?

Comment by Caz

Hi Caroline

Glad you enjoyed it! The results were e mailed out earlier this week to the principal contact in your team. Ive just e mailed a copy directly to you via your e mail address given on this post.

Comment by 8point2

A very muddy race but great fun. Could you send me the race results as i have not recieved them yet .Thanks

Comment by oliver


We will get them e mailed over to you today.

Comment by 8point2

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