Team SAMH: The Banchory Beast Race 2015

Some of you may already know I've been raising money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health this year, along with my fiance, my sister and her friend. Between us we've ran the Colour Me Rad 5k, raced the Ythan Challenge and swam 3 miles in the Great Scottish Swim. My latest challenge was to complete the Prime Four Beast Race in Banchory... yep, I tamed the beast for the second year in a row!

The Beast Race is a 10k obstacle course set in the gorgeous surroundings of Knockburn Loch, with lots of uphill running and 25 obstacles. You can see some photos and my GoPro video from the day below!! The whole day was well organised and the course was fantastic, even though we were in the last wave of the day and the ground was pretty wrecked by then! The silent disco warm up is my favourite, and I love their wooden medals and the t-shirt, which is now included in the entry fee. It's fab quality and a good fit - one of the best I've received at a race. I was also impressed by the marshalls this year - there was plenty of them on hand and they were really encouraging, giving an extra boost of motivation to those that needed it. One of them even gave away his own boots to a runner that lost his trainer in the mud!

We ran, swam, crawled and climbed our way through the course, completing it in 1 hour 47 minutes - especially impressive when Gordon had done zero training, bar two or three 5k runs!! Some of the obstacles are absolutely disgusting and the water is freezing but you just have to grit your teeth and go for it. The Beast is one of my favourite races and I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies a challenge - physically and mentally! We will definitely be back next year. 

I've raised £512 for SAMH so far and would love to make it to £600 so please, if you can spare even £1, dig deep and text "CBMH83 £amount" to 70070!

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