My wife did the Maverick race in the New Forest and recommended it to me so with my wife and kids away why not! This morning I drove the hour or so to deepest darkest Dorset (past Corfe Castle – very nice) to the race HQ.
You can tell it’s going to be a good event when all the support marshals etc have beards! Sure fire sign that they’re good guys!!!
Nice pre-race atmosphere, got my number, coffee and had a chat with a few people and then went back to the car to get organised.
A bit like the Lion King’s circle of life (You have to give me points for a Disney reference) it was the last race for my trail trainers which had more holes than strictly necessary, and a first run out for my Ultimate Direction running vest (I LOVE IT) to see how it did in a race before using it for longer stuff. I was also trying out a new pair of pants and you’ll be pleased to know the mouse stayed in the house and there was no real chaffing!
The race itself has a short, medium and long course and you’re free to change to the race you want as you go round. I was doing the medium 16k race and had no intention of going longer. The race profile looked OK to start followed by a little hill and then a proper bigun!
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Race briefing was good fun (and very relaxed in the same way as the Coastal Trail Series earlier in the year) and we were off:
My only gripe for the race was that we ran about half a mile and then hit a stile! I then had to wait 18minutes before I got over it which was a bit of a pain in the bum. But being British we all queued very nicely and politely!
The course started with some nice trails then into some woods before popping out onto a path leading to a big rock!
From there it was another climb up to
Then onto the Purbeck Trail path and up an absolute git of a hill ! From the top then some undulation and a small rise before heading for home. But there was a near life threatening injury… If you are of a nervous disposition or don’t like the sight of blood, look away, otherwise brace yourself and scroll down (I warned you…)
Little run to home and a finish into the finish area. Music playing, lots of beards and a nice medal
After the photo I tried on my finishers t-shirt which obviously didn’t fit very well so went to the finish area and asked if I could swap it for an XXL. I was told they didn’t have any but the young, blonde (some might say hot!) girl said to me that it fitted me very well and showed off my muscles ! I’m not saying I’m cheap, but I strode off, chest out for about 15 meters before I had to take it off as couldn’t breathe!!!
Anyway.. Would recommend the Maverick races, good fun, very tough but great location, great scenery and a really friendly bunch of people.