Betteshanger Park and MY/PT joined forces for a second year to host Kent’s toughest military obstacle course race (OCR), SURVIVAL at the former colliery site, near Deal, on Saturday, October 6.
The event saw 454 runners complete the challenging course spread across the unpredictable terrain of the old spoil heap. The inaugural junior race challenged 212 eight to fifteen year olds to a 2.5km course whilst 235 adults conquered a 10km route packed with over 70 obstacles.
Competitors were pushed physically and mentally running, jumping, swinging, wading, crawling, cycling and hauling their bodies through a series of muddy man-made and natural obstacles before crossing the finish line.
Dan Sinclair upheld the fastest finisher title for the second year and Nick Hassall was hailed course champion by completing the course THREE times.
All finishers were awarded a SURVIVAL2 medal and t-shirt.
Jay Ingram, Director, MY/PT said: “SURVIVAL2 has been a huge success. We’ve grown the adult event from 2017 and introduced a junior race for the first time. We listened hard to the feedback from last year and put it all into play for the year. We promised more mud and more obstacles which we certainly delivered on, plus we added a few surprises along the way.”
“Our sponsors this year have been incredible and have enabled us to take the event to the next level. The team from Fight Klub Thanet warmed everyone up a treat before the race and the teams from All Access Scaffolding, TW Services, White Land Solutions, C. J. Gray, MScape Landscaping Services, Hewbourne Ltd, Major Fabrications, Crushingtons, Brandon Hire, Intercrop Ltd and the Bridal Boutique of Jules really pulled it out of the bag with the building the course and our print and signage sponsor JustSigns really helped us put the event on the map.”
Richard Morsley, Director, Betteshanger Park, said: “SURVIVAL2 exceeded all of our expectations. A bigger course, bigger obstacles and a whole lot more mud! We have increased the number of runners 60% compared to last year and have no doubt that the 2019 event will grow further still. We urge everyone to sign up for SURVIVAL 2019 and benefit from the early bird rates.”
Registration for the 2019 event, taking place on 5 October 2019, is now open via betteshanger-park.co.uk/survival. Early bird rates run until 31 October 2018.
Quotes from participants (sourced via social media):
“A gruelling obstacle course race, this was probably the best OCR I have ever done”
“Blew the socks off last year, thanks for putting together another great event”
“Absolutely loved it! My first time doing anything like this. 6 months ago I couldn’t even run!”
“Well done for putting what looks like a beast of a course together. Going to definitely put you on the OCR map once and for all… bring it on.”