I had to make an early start on the Saturday morning. I got myself up and ready, had breakfast of oats and whey powder and also a cup of coffee and felt human enough to set out to London. I got the 08.43 train from home and met friends on the train. At about 10am i had a banana to keep me going, then changed on to the underground and headed for Vauxhall station. We arrived at Vauxhall about 10.25 am and had a short walk to Battersea Power Station. Arriving at the site about 10.40 we then made our way to registration, the place was absolutely packed as the competitor limit had been increased from last year. At 11.30 i had a powerbar gel to see me through, we all then went to get changed and store our bags. The weather was overcast but remained dry, the temperature was about 12c. Then the moment had come, a 10 second count down and we were away! Obstacle 1 was some highly stacked straw bales, i tackled this full on and got over so quick i almost lost my footing straight away, but strong legs and core kept me upright. Charging onward over differing levels of up and over obstacles then a flat run for a few hundred yards. Then onward over a 6 foot wall then quite a long run out of the power station grounds and toward Battersea Park. Along the river front, then turning into the park itself, 1 lap of the running track, over hurdles, a steeple chase jump into water then back into the park. We then headed along the main road going back toward the power station and came to an abrupt halt! we had to wait for traffic lights!! the marshalls wouldn’t let us continue until it was safe which cost about 2 minutes in time! This was a change from last year a quite annoying. Once over the road we headed back under Chelsea Bridge over the top of a huge pile of old tyres and back into the grounds of the power station. In the back of a car and out the front window, in and out of some skips, over some scaffold obstacles, trying not to think about the tied legs. Over some parkour type obstacles, i was now well over half way and feeling pretty bashed and bruised. We then had to put on a hard hat to enter the power station, pick up a sand bag and run along and over some road blocks, back out and dump the sand bag. Into the opposite side of the power station over some scaffold frame, pick up a traffic cone, run, dump that and out. Dumped the hard hat and headed over some army style obstacles. A 10 yard crawl through ice, a 10 yard crawl through freezing water as well. The what can only be described as a double skate ramp. I had to attack the steep slope, grab the top and pull myself up, then do the same again up a second ramp, threw myself over the top and slid down the opposite side. There was then a large inflatable swimming pool to wade through as well as a large tank to jump in and wade through. The end was almost in sight. A 6 foot wall with crawl through section and then on to the final 9 foot wall. A queue of people was forming with people not really knowing what to do themselves. Eager to get a good time i charged in grabbed the girl in front and threw her up, closely following behind. The same tactic was used on the 9 foot wall, simply got hold of the person in front, gave them a leg up then got the person behind me to give me a leg up, up, over, 10 yards, finish!! Cuts, scrapes, bruises, freezing and shattered, but happy to have done it. Last years time was 1 hour 6 minutes 10 seconds, this year i came in at 51 minutes 04 seconds so was really pleased with the result. Will i do it next year? give me a couple of weeks to heal and we’ll see!
I ended up at 790 out of 7821 http://www.mhsurvival.co.uk/assets/pdf/London_SOTF_day_race_results_d2_17thNov12.pdf