Han­nah chal­lenged her­self to muddy, ex­hil­a­rat­ing fun!

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iRun over 5k and 10k cour­ses, the Ma­jor Se­ries has been voted the UK’s most fun and friendly mud ob­sta­cle race, as Han­nah Til­lyer, aged 36, a house­wife from Lon­don found out.

’ve run the Ma­jor se­ries three times now and i think it’s fair to say i’m hooked! My hus­band and i take part in a num­ber of events each year but the Ma­jor is the one we keep com­ing back to again and again.

i was a run­ner be­fore i started ad­ven­ture train­ing, but was look­ing for a new chal­lenge when i stum­bled across the Ma­jor se­ries back in 2013.

My hus­band and i both signed up as we thought it would be a fun way to keep our­selves mo­ti­vated, and would make our fit­ness regime more in­ter­est­ing.

As we’re both quite sporty, the train­ing fits around our lives quite well, as when­ever he is out train­ing so am i so it doesn’t im­pact on our time to­gether.

i started do­ing weight train­ing to help me get over the ob­sta­cles, as well as at­tend­ing Bri­tish Mil­i­tary Fit­ness classes at my lo­cal park, which have helped me per fect my leop­ard crawl un­der the barbed wire fences.

i’m not sure what i was ex­pect­ing, but i cer­tainly didn’t think i would laugh all the way round the course! There were parts that were phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially the hills, but there was such ca­ma­raderie amongst the other par­tic­i­pants that it helped you through the more dif­fi­cult bits.

The only slight is­sue was when i failed to keep my bum low on a barbed wire crawl dur­ing my first race. Around 3km into the course i ripped my trousers, re­sult­ing in me hav­ing to run the re­main­ing 7km with pretty much my en­tire bum on show!

i’ve now signed up for my fourth race and have even con­verted some of my friends to ad­ven­ture rac­ing from be­ing couch pota­toes – we’ll all be run­ning the Ma­jor in Kent this oc­to­ber.

i would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to any­one – it makes ex­er­cise feel like fun – even if you are cov­ered in mud by the end!

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