After thoroughly enjoying Battle of Lansdown earlier in the year, now seems a good time to let you all know that its sister race, Rood Rampage, will be coming around for the third time on Sunday the 15th of July, in Wiltshire.
Rood Rampage is a 10km that, like BoL, balances being fun and challenging. Naturally, we cannot guarantee the weather, but the event is usually bathed in sunshine, and the trail is beaten through idyllic farmland, including woodland trails, open fields, streams, lakes and even a bamboo maze.
RR offers chip timing, secure baggage drop and of course, a coveted medal, but probably the best thing about the event is the setup. There’s a bar, food, showers (cold, but refreshing), ice cream vendors and… A bouncy castle. All of these things are centred around the finish line, which makes for a raucous (and encouraging) final few minutes on course.
Rood have, in the past, contributed to the Mudnificent7, and promise a return of the Rood Rings, which will apparently leave you “completely filthy and laughing until your sides hurt”. Now, these sound brilliant: they are 10ft diameter inflatable rings in an extremely muddy watering hole, forcing you to leap, wade and flop around to get from one to another. Some helpful tips would be to make friends, and bring your sense of humour.
The race director’s other pet obstacle is the 50m pontoon crossing. “It’s one hell of a sprint in the last kilometre of the race, and only those daring enough and with the right technique tend to succeed; making it a prime spectator spot!” And with that, it’s not even over yet, because the Rood Ramp looms into view to make for a brutal (but photographically perfect) finish.
Another excellent draw to this family friendly event is the continuation of the kids race – the New Recruits race will be set up around the event village, and promises to entertain the kids and make them feel part of the action.
On a personal note, we’ve watched Extreme Events learn and grow as race directors, and we’re super keen to get more runners to see what they have to offer. BoL and RR are always evolving to meet the needs and wants of their runners, and their fun and flexibility reflects all of this. They only run a few events, and this allows them to hone the quality of them while spending the rest of the year building, learning and helping to manage other events countrywide.
[Photographs: Active Stills]