Airfield Anarchy – Epic Weekend (June 10th-12th)

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire. United Kingdom
An EPIC weekend of three races, mud, music and great atmosphere.
Wow, So where do I begin?
Airfield Anarchy resides on a semi-permanent course in Newark, Nottinghamshire. From humble beginnings 2 years ago, it has grown into 3 different race series –
Frostbite (February, 5K)
Afterburner (October, 10K)
Epic Weekend (June, 16K)
I had done Afterburner last year and have heard many great things about the Epic Weekend – over Saturday and Sunday whilst in the midst of a three day live music festival.
The 5km race held on the Saturday morning is obstacle heavy. Starting with a 1km running out to spread the field, but very quickly into water dunks and wading. Other sections included 10ft walls, lots of hay bales, cargo nets, water slopes and the signature obstacle “Take Off” – a 30ft high inflatable water slide.
The finish line was in the event village with a lot of spectators watching. A very technical section brought by Urban Attack, another OCR company, including walls of various heights, climbing cargo nets, flying monkey bars (which I managed to smash on the 10km, too wet on the 5km and 10 mile) and tsunami half pipe.
Ending with a foam slide to the finish line. An awesome finish to the race! The 5km is a great race for the fun runners and the newbies. Obstacle heavy with little running.
The 10km race (held on the Saturday afternoon) takes the basis of the 5km with a few loops out to increase the distance with a few extra obstacles including a second water slide and monkey bars. Whilst the 10 mile race (around 16km) adds further distance onto the 10km. My only quibble would be there were very few extra obstacles on this and it felt like a lot of extra running without the fun!
The medal was voted the best medal by OCR racers last year. Take a look at the photos and you will see why.
Three separate medals which combine! They were the first in the UK to do this, and many have now copied the idea.
The festival (MudFest) was held from the Friday afternoon through to Sunday night. Racers got the festival for free as part of the ticket price, whilst the general public could pay to enter. There were two large live stages with live music throughout the whole weekend, with Scouting for Girls as the headline act on the Saturday evening. Many other activities were going on, yoga, hot tubs, tarot reading along with refreshment stands and two bars (because, you know). The campsite was clean and well organised with those lucky enough to have a caravan/camper van having access to an electrical hook up.
The overall cost for 3 races, festival, camping and epic bling was just over £100 (approx $150). The best value around! I wholeheartedly recommend that any readers look this up for
next year (June 8/9 2017) to experience one of the most epic race series, the best medals and fantastic atmosphere).
Written by: Wil Chung
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