‘General 10k Battlezone’ – 12 May 2013
Scammell reports this is NOT a PB course!
time in December I got asked if I would like to be part of a five lady
team in the 'General 10k Battlezone' I was told there was a run and an
assault course so naturally said yes. The location is Matterly Bowl,
near Winchester which plays host to numerous music festivals and motor
cross to name a few and is on the South Downs. Up until the day before I
had no idea what was really involved.
started cloudy with a chilly wind stood on top of the South Downs. On
the drive in there was a row of large haystacks and a tank in the middle
of a very dirty field which gave a little insight in what was about to
occur. There were five waves to spread out the runners, I was in Wave 5.
first two miles were not too arduous with little incline through a
wooded area up to the top of a hill. It was here I could see the
motorcross area and lots of people running up and down the zig-zag area
carrying a tyre!!
next bit led us onto a muddy field with two rather large tanks which
required crawling underneath. Luckily there were three waist deep
mud-filled ditches to wash off all that mud from crawling. A bit more
uphill followed until we came across those haystacks which required
climbing over with a pole to crawl under for a distance of about 300
metres. At the end of this not only was I covered in mud but I now had
straw and grass caked in as well.
final mile or so was around the bottom of the bowl before the last
uphill stretch to the finish.
with her ‘Battlezone’ team-mates
isn’t a race for PB's, however, if you don’t mind getting dirty and
having a laugh definitely one to try. There is also the option to carry
the 'equivalent' of a rifle if you so wish which is a metal pole
weighing 5kg. I declined. If you don’t fancy the assault course then
there’s also the option to just run the 10k. It’s definitely one I’ll be
back for and I can recommend the team option makes it so much more