Mr Mouse Reply To The Critics July 2nd!
Medals : These medals are made as 2017, 30th year, year of Braveheart Mouse, still 6 months to go. The brass medal is 100 years commemorative of World War I 1914-1918, the cost of manufacture is relevant to quantity. Waste not, want not was the war slogan.
Obstacles were not closed. The time limit for 3 laps of 7k = 21km was clearly advertised as six hours shut down. At 4hrs 20mins for 2 laps, a review was taken of those walking and struggling hence they were told that they could not start the third lap without their own provision of personal assistance and watchful eye to possible serious injury. Everyone signed to agree this at the start.
We are morally and medically obliged to cover possible death or serious injury. Vicarious responsibility kicks in IF we did not impose this.
Marshals, Medics, Officials, Finish staff are all volunteers and have been on duty since 8am. 8 hours later at 4pm we closed down to clean up and return home with the happiness and thanks expressed by 99% of the participants.
The last man to finish in just under the 6 hour cut off, had walked the final 7k mostly.
We provided FREE lunch food and drink to save everyone £5-£10 spend on mobile catering as a bonus to everyone, especially the inevitable troll faceless groaner.
Here is a list of the troll moans :
- Cold Showers : Wrong, electric showers were hot all day.
- Only Five Showers : Wrong, 8 showers available. In January this Luxury SPA Barn is for Front Squad and Mr Mouse Squad who pay £100 extra, it copes easily with twice the number on July 2nd.
- Beer Stands : No we did not provide beer nor did we say we would. Supermarkets supply you easily.
- Some Ditches Dry and Full of Weeds : It is called Mother Natures weather opportunity. There were over 40 deep wet ditches. It is called an Obstacle Run, more obstacle than any other!
- Toughest Half Marathon : 3 circuits of 7 kilometres. You know that a regular Half Marathon takes approx. 4 hours for even the slowest. Some were walking, strolling, being assisted by water bottles supplied by concerned marshals.
After 2 laps of 14 kilometres at 4hours 15minutes we are responsible for health and safety, and moral standards. We told the stragglers that they were incapable of any further agonies. You were pre event told that you could carry on your crazy dream of pain. IF you had your own personal assistance, monitoring and essential drinks. You had nothing to offer! The last walking wounded finished on just under the 6 hour cut off.
The young fire cadets and marshals had been on duty since 8am so 8 hours later they were health and safety legislation obliged to stand down, clear up and get off home.
- Medals and T-Shirts : Clearly in advance mail out you were told what freebies you would receive, the medals are 30 year 2017 commemoration Year of the Braveheart mouse. The brass medals commemorate 100 years respect for World War I 1914-1918 in Government guidelines. Free food and drinks were provided to avoid you spending £5-£10 or more on catering vans as normal.
- To top it all one of you 2 Only Cretins said ‘He had to even ask for a cup for a free drink’. What A Lie!
January 35th (February 4th) 2018 : Yes all obstacles will be open.
January 2017 : We added 40 extra muddy ditches, muddy climbs plus hanging tyre upper body tests, making it the worlds toughest by far. Start at 11:00am for 15K, at 4pm it was raining, cold with darkness coming fast. Serious concern for unseeable death or serious injury. Massive hypothermia victims were falling in large numbers. We were morally and medically correctly responsible to close the course and send all stragglers to the finish for hot drinks and warmth.
Yours, Ever Smiling