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Mud & Mayhem as witnessed by Stephen Wolfenden

22 Apr 2015

“Another normal Saturday in the country, I arrived at the beautiful and usually peaceful Cornbury Park at around 10.30, hoping to see the departure of the heroic Opendoorz team at 10.30am – but I missed them by five minutes! So what should I do? Wait for their return or try and catch them up, what if I couldn’t catch them, how long does it take to do 5km?

I took advice, “head to the mud, you should easily get there before them”, so off I went to search out the mud! Thirty minutes later I hadn’t got to the mud, too many distractions, too many exhausted mud covered runners heading to me, all completely unidentifiable, what if they had already passed and I hadn’t taken any photos!

I decided to stop at the barrier which everyone had to get over as I could see clearly who everyone was, they had to stop. Hence I waited at the dreaded jump, and I waited, and I waited, and I waited, hundreds passed through, had I missed them? But no, the first hero arrived, no sign of the long legs and stilettos, but under the mud was that Anneli? Yes it was, brilliant, but as usual so fast I didn’t get chance to get any more pictures .The others must be here soon, and sure enough they were, first our leader Sonia: great run, great jump, great fall, flat on her face but what a hero, everyone followed her example and they were all over the barrier!!

I ran ahead to the next real challenge the water slide, (yes I ran ahead, by this time even carrying a camera and with a gammy leg I could make it to the next challenge before them!) here we saw what it was all about, the whole team running diving and achieving a terrific result. By the time they had all finished the pain and exhaustion was forgotten, great effort, great event, really great result, Opendoorz should be proud!!”

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