Tough Mudder IV

Had a beaut but crazy long weekend in Midlands to earn my first yellow headband 😀

Spent the Saturday volunteering with the usual suspect (Mike)

After two mad weekends on crazy physical obstacles we decided to do a relatively easy obstacle – Creek Crusade.

Aside from the weather not cooperating it was a good obstacle 🙂

We ran on Sunday, setting off just as the two of us but we soon found more people to run with! 

I even did Arctic Enema (my nemesis) despite crying before I went in and crying coming out 😂

Regardless of the crying I had a brill time running with Mike, Pauline, Jason and Tim (thanks to Tim for the photos)

I instigated a singalong in Creek Crusade, did some boogeying in Mud Mile and just generally had a fab time.

Now to enjoy the 4 week break before TM Scotland!! 😀

Muddy love,

C x


TM Half Midlands and ETM 2017

Hi guys! ***LONG POST ALERT***

So because I’m a mad badger/am easily persuaded into doing things, I signed up to volunteer for a full MVP shift at the TM Half Midlands and then a Race Official shift at the inaugural Europe’s Toughest Mudder over night.

This meant I had to leave Manchester at 3am Saturday morning, work 6-6 at the half, have a 4.5ish hour break and then work 10:30-8:30am before driving back.

Of course my partner in crime Mike was there with me, the jammy bastard managed a pre-event shift on the Friday so I was already jealous haha.

After some ‘negotiating’ shall we say regarding where on course I wanted to be, I wangled my way onto being on Everest 2.0 – basically the best role for someone who is loud, mad and annoying but can also be really physical at the start/finish.

Due to the nature of the event there were a lot of new-to-OCR people, and people who’s fitness may not have been exactly where it needs to be for Everest, which meant that we did have a lot of injuries (despite my incessant reminders not to jump/land on your face, people kept ignoring me and thus a fair few teeth were lost, plus the usual head injuries etc), but all in all it was a good day, we had cleared the course by 2pm! 

On the Facebook livestream on Everest where I am being Shouty McShoutyPants someone even commented that they thought I was Fearne Cotton! (I wish lol)

Luckily we managed to check out earlier (around 4pm by the time we had helped sort other stuff out) so I got to lie down in the car for a wee while but I only managed about an hour’s sleep :/

We wandered over to the MVP tent early for the second shift and quickly got roped into helping on check in for the pit crew, before being allocated onto our obstacles. Mike and I were put onto Arctic Enema: The Rebirth – an obstacle I have done once and hate with a passion but had yet to MVP on.

The nature of ETM being a race meant that the usual MVP role of helping people and dishing out muddy hugs was off the table – nothing that could be construed as interference was permitted which was hard for me as a serial MVPer!

With one hour sleep under my belt I knew it was going to be hard but I wasn’t sure just HOW hard it would be – come 2am this morning I was seriously flagging and in desperate need of sleep, I looked worse than some of the runners! Speaking of the runners, it was hard having to remove timing chips from people but AE is a compulsory obstacle which mean not completing it resulted in disqualification – and AE was top of the DQ list. Between people retiring themselves due to exhaustion, cold or injury the field shrunk steadily.

Most people seemed to smash out 4-5 laps (5 mile a lap + penalty loops) assuming they finished which was really impressive given the weather conditions.

The male winner ended up running 10 laps – 50 MILES IN 8 HOURS PEOPLE – and when we saw him he barely looked phased! This guy had won World’s Toughest and already qualified in America with 50 miles so that goes to show the commitment some people put into this.

Anyway, this has been a really long post and I’m super tired but I wanna say a massive thanks to all the runners for appreciating our work, to TMHQ for all the hard work put into the event and my fellow MVPs without whom the event could not run.

I’m now off to eat ice cream and drink cider in the bath before I go to bed at some ridiculously early hour.

Muddy love and hugs (now I can give them out)

C x

Tough Mudder III

This weekend I finally got my OCR season underway down in Henley-upon-Thames!

Volunteered as usual on the Saturday after a late-ish arrival on the Friday night, chose to go on the new obstacle Augustus Gloop/Snot Rocket which I thought would be a good idea (it wasn’t – I got piss wet through, and therefore grumpy, but I did meet Jade Jones the Olympic gold medalist!!!) with my lovely friends Dan, Mike and Mike, and make a new friend in Gary so that was a bonus, and it gave me an idea of the course for my run Sunday.

Woke up Sunday morning and REALLY didn’t want to run but after a verbal arse-kick from the lovely Miranda I was ready to roll! Got into the first wave with my volunteer wristband and had to take my signature pose in the start pen of course…

Ran with Mike for the first time, took it fairly easy as he was quite wheezy at points – I reckon a mix of hay fever and the sheer amount of dust that was on the course was to blame.

The course itself was hill as feck – not very muddy compared to the likes of North West, but I did like all the lovely views from up the hills and the obstacles were nicely spread apart 🙂

Mud Mile was more of a mud stomp – the pits were only mid calf deep and the mounds were easily climbed so the usual muddy photos didn’t quite occur but still got some good ones!

I managed to do Snot Rocket (the Legionnaires version of Gloop) which meant I had to duck my head under water briefly – something I hate doing but I challenged myself to do it and I’m so glad I did – it’s a good obstacle to run through just not to be on as an MVP haha.

We picked up Gary en route and ran with him from around Hold Your Wood onwards so it was nice to run with two people I hadn’t run with before 🙂

We finished the course in a decent time, I only bypassed Arctic Enema, Kong and Shawshanked, I tried Hero Walls but couldn’t do it, swam through Funky Monkey, and tried 20 or so times to get up Everest and then gave up after some idiot ignored me on my last attempt to climb up.

All in all I had a fabulous weekend, made all the more fun by being surrounded by my Mudder family – now roll on Saturday/Sunday for TM Midlands Half and ETM!

Big muddy love, 

C x
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So What Exactly Have I Been Doing?

Yet again, Charli has forgotten to keep all the avid readers of this blog updated 😂😂

So in January I went to marshal at Tough Guy, think I might have posted about that?

In early March I went North Of The Border (aka to Scotland) to marshal at Mighty Deerstalker (Rat Race Events) and had a ruddy marvellous time, thanks mainly to Vicky (a lovely Scottish MQ) who looked after me! The weekend was marred slightly by the death of a racer on course, which was in no way related to anything RR Events did, in fact they were praised for their quick response and the fact they had so many expert medics on hand. Thoughts are with the family of the racer after this sad event.

The venue for the event was stunning, and at my position on the hill for the slide just by the finish line I had a fab view of the runners with their headlights going up and down the hills in the woods.

My reward/payment for marshalling was a goody bag full of awesome treats! I got 2 Rat Race wraggs, a bobble hat (v handy for Manchester weather, see pic below for a sneak peek haha), a RR Marshal hoody (v comfy for cold Manc evenings), a tshirt and best of all – a waterproof RR duffel bag which I used to take to Berlin a couple of weekends ago, and am taking to Spartan this weekend! 

Compared to TG, Mighty Deerstalker was much better organised, with more information being given to the marshals, my only issue is that as we were put straight onto camping duty we weren’t given our beer/bacon roll tickets despite being entitled to them, thankfully we blagged a free beer in the tent and got our food tickets just before we were served so no harm done.

The other slight issue was that people were up talking and making noise until gone 3am in the campsite which meant I didn’t get a lot of sleep, thankfully I wasn’t driving but I did have a long day of travelling ahead which would have been better with more sleep! Hey ho, I survived.

The weekend just gone I went and supported my lovely friend Mike in running the Greater Manchester Marathon, which has inspired me to apply for the 2018 London ballot, with Manchester as a solid back up plan – I need a goal to work towards to encourage me to get off my lazy fat ass haha.

As I mentioned previously, I’m off to South East Spartan Sprint this weekend to volunteer/marshal with Mike, it’s gonna be a long shift (6am-8pm 😱) but it’ll be totally worth it to see all the athletes smashing the obstacles and (of course) get some more free stash!

Aside from that not much is happening, hopefully I’ll get into the habit of regular updates now that the OCR season has started properly, but we all know what I’m like!

Hopefully someone is reading this haha, muddy hugs,

C x

…not the best at keeping this regular am I…


Last time I posted I was determined to get back into blogging more regularly, be it about running, OCRs or generally fitness.

Well, I epicly failed on that front didn’t I!

Since then I have volunteered at Tough Guy (and we all know how well that went down…), had some hip scans (hint: not fun), bought some Tikiboo leggings (which are freaking awesome) and volunteered at Nuts (yesterday, not the most organised of events shall we say?) so I’ve been busy!

But my highlight of recent times has to be going to the Arndale Centre in Manchester to hunt out a picture of me that was used for the This Girl Can campaign! Many thanks to Mike for being my photographer here 🙂

It’s such a fantastic campaign, plus it made me feel a lot more confident in myself about my body etc, where before I would a) not have even posed and b) certainly not sent this picture in, now I can say ‘hell yeah, I’m a badass muddy lady!’ 😀
I’ll keep this relatively short and sweet, off to Mighty Deerstalker next weekend in Scotland, staying with a lovely UKMQ called Vicky up there so that will be awesome 🙂 I shall aim to write a wonderful review after that, pretty sure Rat Race will live up to their rep 😛

Ciao for now, muddy hugs!

Charli x

Better Late Than Never!

Hi guys, 

Sorry I’ve been a tad quiet (most unlike me, I know) – it’s all been a tad manic in my life!

Just a brief update now, will endeavour to post more in the New Year.

Been for a couple of runs, just did 5.5km which is my longest run in quite some time, managed it in just over 30 min (second ever sub-30 5K, fastest one ever)

Met some lovely MQs today down south (I’m home for Xmas and since MQHQ is down here it just made sense!)

Not much else happening mud-/fitness-wise, I promise to be better at updating in future!

Muddy love,

C x

First run in the new gear!

Just ventured out for my first run in my new gear (and the first in a while I’ve actually managed to do haha)

3.2 miles, average pace 9:58/mile, 32 min – I’m super happy as I was only aiming to do 1.5 miles… first run I recorded in Strava as well, liking the app!

Super sweaty now but glad I went out and did it!

Sweaty muddy love,

C x

I got some post!

My UKMQ gear and Scimitar gear arrived this week! Been wearing my wrag to and from work and at training – keeps my ears toasty warm and looks freaking awesome 😀 still waiting to see another Queen out in ‘the wild’ though!

Took some gratuitous photo of me posing in my new Little Miss gear as well – I think I might be in love with the leggings, so comfy and decent quality, plus I look freaking hot (if I do say so myself).

Looking forward to taking the gear out on their maiden run (likely to be tomorrow, and the wrag is basically going to stay on my head until the spring…)

Aside from that, not much news in the land of Charli…hope everyone is keeping warm and happy in the run up to Christmas!

Muddy love,

C x

…yet more muddy apparel…

Last night I had a moment of madness/sanity/foolishness and bought some MORE running/OCR gear…

This time it was from Scimitar and there was 20% off for Black Friday so really I can’t be blamed for pain-stakingly entering my bank details after they fell into my shopping surely? 😉

I’m super excited for them to arrive, they will motivate me to get out and run more in training for the 8-10 TMs I’m aiming to run in 2017!

(For anyone who doesn’t know me – I’m well known at Tough Mudder for being a little bit loud at times, plus the fact that I never shut up unless I’m sleeping or eating means that the Little Miss Chatterbox top is perfect for me haha, and I’m a cheeky wee bugger – hence the Little Miss Naughty leggings!)

I will of course upload some photos when this order and my UKMQ apparel arrives later this week!

Muddy love

Charli x

Ps – MVP shifts open tonight, keep your fingers crossed for me that I get the ones I want!

Some muddy pic spam!

Because who doesn’t love seeing overweight women covered in mud!

These were from my second full TM event back in September, the eagle eyed viewer will see that I am carrying a balloon – yes, I ran a Tough Mudder on my 24th birthday because how else would I spend it?

I pull such attractive faces whilst gallivanting around in mud haha…

Muddy love,

Charli x