Around may this year a colleague came across the Mudmasters event. This was an obstacle course over 6 or 12 km, created by the Dutch marines. If you are part of a police or army force you were allowed to do the 42 km run.
We thought it would be fun to participate, so we registered. In total it would be 2 colleagues, me, my dad, brother and stepbrother participating in the 6K run.
The event was spread over two days, and on the second day, they still had 29 start waves, each consisting of about a 100 people. We would start in the “Yankee” start series. We arrived around an hour early, to account for possible delays, as our wave starts later on the day 2.10 PM. But parking and bib pickup went quickly, so before we knew it we were changed and ready to go. We spend the time watching earlier waves. Then it was our turn.
We entered the starting area. Here they will get everyone hyped up with exciting music, jumping and clapping and the like, to get you all warmed up. This time however, there w as some confusion about which wave was supposed to start. The organisation lost it a bit here, but, most as everyone knew their starttime, everyone shouted the last countdown, and ran off.
As we saw in the previous series, if you start at the back of the pack, you will be walking for the first 100 meters, so we decided to start in the front.
We were FLYING, right from the start. The first several obstacles were a walk in the park, simple jumps over haystacks or tree trunks. But then it hit. Within 500 meters, you had to plunge in the really cold water, about chest deep. So far for the nice warm up at the start.
More obstacles quickly followed, from more jumps, to muddy crawls under barbed wire, to cold water walks, and wall climbs. Of course all of this was involved with a LOT of mud. As we were in one of the later start series, this only was worse because of the 100’s of people that ran the same course, turning grassy fields in mud, and mud into even more and deeper mud. But, this only added to the fun!
After the first K my stepbrother was having a hard time. My brother sticked with him and dropped back a bit, so me, my dad and colleagues went on. Things were going well and before we knew it, we caught up the start wave in front of us, and left them behind us.
All the obstacles were fun, sadly enough the organisation lacked photographers on the back part of the course. So I have no images of that. On the last quarter of the lap, the most fun obstacles were planted. First up: ditches. A row of 7-10 muddy hills and low ditches filled with water. When you got out, you will be mud all over, including the crowd standing a bit too close to the course.
On the picture you see me on the far right. On the top middle, in the light blue shirt one of
the colleagues. On the left, behind the red shirt is my dad. This was after the first two, and easiest two of the ditches.
After this was the splash jump. A platform, hanging 3-4 meters high, to jump in the cold water. Because the platform was simply hanging from a crane and almost freely moving, the organisation limited the amount of people going up at once. Causing a 10-15 minute queue. At this point my brother and stepbrother caught up. My stepbrother decided to follow others, to swim across, instead of the jump. Either way, after some time we got on, and jumped off.
Below are me, my dad, and my brother, fully soaked.
Next up were 3 wall climbs, every one somewhat higher.
One of the final obstacles was a quarterpipe of several meters high. Again there would be a queue here. You had several options to go up.
On the left side, using a rope. On the right side, you would run up, and grab whatever arm or leg you could reach, of whoever was up there. Some were able to run up all the way and grab the edge. However, 95% of those who attempted that, went back down.
We got at the left side. Below is my turn of going up. Apologies for the bit glary filming against the sun).
When we had this it was onto the final obstacle. Our group was back together, and we stumbled upon a fence. Stating that if you have a pacemaker, or are epileptic, you have to walk around, and for the rest, it was at your own risk.
The reason being, they created a tunnel, with powered wires hanging from the ceiling. To make it more fun, a guy with a garden hose was spraying everyone with water, so you would get struck by the electricty more easily.
The video below shows our group going through. The first few seconds you see my brother, he fell over the board they made halfway, forcing you through the wires. For some reason behind that caused a bit of a queue in the middle of the tunnel. The colleague in the light blue got struck right before he exited. Good fun!
Right after this we got awarded with the finisher t-shirt and a free beer. Live is good!