Total Warrior 2014

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Well I did it!

I can happily say that I completed Total Warrior 2014. I wouldn’t of been able to do it without the help of my team – it’s definitely a team work event, and I wish I had built my leg strength up some more, but I’m still very proud!

It’s always been an event that I thought looked like fun, so when my mum suggested it I signed up. We had a mixture of a team, some were very fit, some were just fit, but our aim was to get everyone across the finish line, so we ensured everyone was given a helping hand at every obstacle.

Today was an extremely wet day – the rain was ridiculous at some points, which made the course very slippery and very muddy! I’ve never seen mud like it!

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After arriving at a very wet Shap, we handed in our waiver forms, put on our headbands and numbers and headed for the start line. After a short warm up and a big motivational speech – all very braveheart! We headed on our way onto the fells and away from spectators, so I don’t have any photos of me jumping over flames, climbing on a 7 foot wall then falling off and onto my head (not recommended!), crawling through very deep mud, waded through even more mud, swimming across cold rivers and so much more!

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After about 7km of the 10km race we arrived back to an area where spectators could watch. By this time I think our legs were all very tired. I’ve never had such heavy legs, and know for next year to focus on strengthening them up. I spent a lot of time working on my upper body, which helped, but I underestimated how tough running on the terrain and wading through waist deep mud would be. Back to the photos – Unfortunately (or fortunately) the ice dip wasn’t filled with ice and was just a skip of very cold water. I skipped the electrocution – but was shown up by many others who went through it. Next came the slide which was a lot of fun – a nice change to some of the tougher obstacles!

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Next came my toughest obstacle – the 15ft wall at a 35 degree angle with only a 4ft rope! After watching many try, slip and fall, and after falling off a 7ft wall I was pretty apprehensive for this one. However my team bunked me up so I could make a good jump for the rope. I grabbed the rope and slowly made my way up the wall, however only a couple of feet from the top I slipped and was left gripping to the rope (for what seemed like my life!) I definitely didn’t want to fall 13 feet back down! I managed to pull myself up the rope with some struggle and was thankfully helped by my mum and a man at the top who grabbed my arms. It took me a while ( I may of panicked slightly) but I managed to get over the top! I’m definitely glad I worked on my upper body strength as there is no way I would of done it without it! It seemed like quite a few people were slipping at the same point on the wall – so at least I wasn’t the only one!

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The last obstacle was monkey bars – which was very cruel of the organisers seems everyone is tired, wet and muddy. However we all gave it a go. I don’t think any of the girls in the team got all the way across, but it does make for some very funny photos (like the above) when we did fall in!

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Over all I had a fantastic day. We’re already planning next years! We may of not of achieved the best time – but our aim was to finish the whole race as a team, and every single one of us crossed the finish line at the same time – never leave a man behind! We now know we can do it, and know how the race is, so we’re planning on getting a good time on the next one!

I’m now very tired, covered in bruises and scratches and have a very bad head from my fall, but I still proud of finishing!

Did you take part in Total Warrior this year? How did you find it? Have you ever tried any races similar to Total Warrior – or would you like to?


  1. samantha bullock

    Congratulations on finishing the race as a team. It looks tiring but I can see that you were all definitely having a great time. I would love doing something this if given the chance. Not only does it help in making you healthy, it also strengthens the bond of friendship.

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