Not content with recently running the Colchester Half Marathon and the British 10K for Myeloma UK, Ben has just completed no other than the ice cold Nuclear Fallout! The race itself is held in Kelvedon Hatch along the Secret Nuclear Bunker, and is described by those who run it as a punishing, gritty cross country race across mud and ice cold water…in fact, the organisers explain that ‘hyperthermia is not uncommon’...yes, literally!
The course is littered with over 50 unforgiving obstacles, both natural and manmade, as well as ranging from a tough 8k course or a gruelling 16k one (I can't even run 16k)! Ben took on the 16k (naturally) and managed to complete it in an impressive 3hrs 22mins. The beauty (if you can call it that) of this race is that it is open to all capabilities. Having ran several other endurance type races before, Ben is no slouch, but Mo Farrah could attempt to run this race and not necessarily win because it all boils down to how you can navigate an obstacle. There will be muddy ditches, giant straw stacks, ice cold water wades, a muddy cargo crawl net, multiple tyre pits, slippery pipes, exhilarating water slides, bomb holes and smelly bogs, and no matter how fit you may be…if you ain’t tough, you ain’t finishing this race!
From past experiences, Ben was aware of the importance of maintaining hydration and carb levels during a race such as this. Recent research suggests that a race lasting 30-75 mins will require small amounts of carbs and/ or a mouth rinse with a single (just glucose/ dextrose or fructose) or multiple transportable carb (a combo of fructose and glucose) infused isotonic drink such as EZ Fuel Isotonic. A race lasting between 1-2 hours requires 30g carbs per hour, and 2-3 hours requiring 60g carbs per hour, again opting for a single or multiple transportable carb like EZ Fuel Isotonic. In Ben’s case then, based on the recommendation for any race lasting more than 2.5 hours, the consumption of 90g carbs per hour from a multiple transportable carb drink such as EZ Fuel Endurance 2:1 is ideal.
Again, well done to Ben for getting out there, enduring the cold and wet, and doing us, and of course himself proud once again! Great work!
Nuclear Races, (2014). Obstacle Mud Runs Est. 2010. Retrieved 10th November, 2014, from http://www.nuclear-races.co.uk/index.php/events/nuclear-rush/