Total Warrior- Leeds 2018 – We Smashed It
Wow, that came around quick!
So, Saturday just gone (23rd June), myself and a team of around 90 people travelled to Leeds for Total Warrior.
Total warrior is an assault course. 27 gruesome, challenging obstacles spread over a 12km course. Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said it was gruesome either! It’s designed to test even the fittest people, mentally as well as physically. With obstacles ranging from a trot up and down a relatively step embankment, getting stuck in waist high thick boggy mud, through to getting electrocuted.
It certainly was a tough challenge. The first obstacle was the trot up and down the embankment. On it, there was a lad who had stopped for a rest. I felt like sitting next to him, telling him I know how he felt!! Still, I plodded on.
Things escalated quite quickly from there. I was scaling walls. Well, trying to scale some, and falling off some less than gracefully. Pretty soon after, I was caked in mud after falling over and planting my face in the stuff. It certainly didn’t taste very nice!
Then, came the tough stuff. Leaping over flaming logs, into a pit of water, attempting to shimmy through tunnels that were just too narrow for me, getting electrocuted and falling off monkey bars. It’s the type of stuff that dreams, well, nightmares are made of
Teamwork, makes the dream work
It was quite early on I met a brother and sister that was part of our charity team. Lisa and Louis. We got talking on the way around, laughing with (and at) each other and our misfortunes. More importantly, we stuck together as a little team, encouraging and helping each other out. I nicknamed the team The Dirty Trio which, for laughs, later became The Dirty Threesome.
The bond that we had was a really powerful aid through the day. I’m really glad they were there. We quite often bounced anecdotes off each other which took our minds off what we had just gone through, and what lay ahead.
It was a good job too. I quickly found out that most of the course was relatively slippery and, I was like Bambi on Ice. The amount of falls I had would have been far more painful had there been no one with me to laugh at myself with.
Needless to say, we finished the course. And, thanks to the generosity of everyone, I had nearly £500 raised towards Heel and Toe, a North East charity providing help, support and therapy to children suffering from Cerebral Palsy, as well as other disabilities. The others also raised some staggering amounts towards the charity.
After the event, we’ve stayed in contact too. I’m really please we did as well. They’re a terrific pair of people and I’m glad of any friends that I can make
Would I do Total Warrior again?
On the coach on the way back, I was thinking I’d give it a miss next year. However, after speaking to people back home, a few are wanting to do it again, with me in 2019. So, I’m jumping back on board. 22 June 2019, I’ll be doing the whole insane shebang again, with a bigger tiny team. Lisa and Louis have said they’d join me too. I’m looking forward to it!
Next year though, I’m going for a group of 12. We’ll be the Dirty Dozen!