Salomon Turbo XDommy Racer get his mud on at the Salomon Turbo X 10 mile off road race
Name: Dominic JoynerAge: 33. Old enough to know better...Occupation: Learning and development specialist.Follow Dominic on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dmyrcrEvent: Salomon Turbo XDistance: 10 mile off roadRace time: 1:25 The exfoliating mud spa was a touch more invigorating than Dommy had expected...How long have you been running?Only since January this year. I'm mainly a cyclist but made a drunken bet about running a marathon, had to back it up. Kept up the running ever since!What made you decide to sign up for this race?Some friends were doing it, and it sounded ridiculous but fun. A group of us did an off-road race called Race the Train in Wales earlier this year and I loved it so knew I would enjoy this.What were your expectations for the race?My only expectation was that I would get filthy dirty! Really just wanted to get round without drowning in mud, losing a shoe or contracting E Coli. I was running with friends Abi and Caroline. We're similar ability, so started off together but we got a bit split up, which was a shame as I was hoping to see them wading and giggling through the mud. What were your high and low points during the race, if any?Low point was turning up hungover, not really the best preparation.... High point was realising that the finish was about a mile closer than advertised. Nice little bonus!What was the best part of the course for you?The hills. I do pretty well uphill and down and there were some pretty steep scrambles. It's always a bit of a mental boost passing a few people up a slope.What was the most challenging part of the course for you?The notorious 'X Zone' - waist deep mud bogs that were freezing cold and were definitely used as toilets by the local wildlife and possibly the soldiers that train in the area. It's a one mile section but felt like about three. Hot muddy girls: what more excuses do you need to sign up to Turbo X?How would you describe the crowd support?The crowds tend to gather around the X Zone so they can take sick satisfaction in watching you crawl through mud and filth, but they were cheering and clapping pretty loud, so they were more than welcome to take enjoyment from my misfortune.What was the male/female ratio roughly in the race?Probably about 90% male. By it's nature it's a pretty blokey type of race and there was a fair bit of testosterone in the air - sometimes too much. There were some single file sections where people were really pushing their luck and trying to edge past people. I know it's a race, but on courses like this I think you really need to look after one another, the terrain is bad enough without having someone that wants to 'do a time' trying to push you out of the way!Did you see many people running in costume, and if so what was the best costume?I don't really know if it was a 'costume' but I saw a bloke wearing a Hawaiian shirt and his mate had a flat cap on. They were quite quick as well so can't really take the mick.What’s your overall verdict of the race? Give marks out of ten for the following categories:Organisation:7/10 - My experience was good, but I did hear that the first 20/30 runners got sent the wrong way by a marshall and ended up doing an extra mile or so at the start. That's a pretty big fail. Other than that there were plenty of marshalls and the toilet queues weren't too bad but as always, take your own paper. Or steal your mates' (thanks Caroline)Scenery:9/10 - But I like running in the woods and on trails! Lots of mixed terrain, road, grass, sand, mud which keeps things interesting.Atmosphere:10/10 Great atmosphere, lots of people in it for the enjoyment, the sheer stupidity of the X zone brings people together.Would you do it again next year?I'm pretty certain I will. Hoping to get a big group together, would be a good 'fun' way to end the season.What one tip or piece of information would you like to pass on to anyone thinking of doing this race for the first time?If you really want to race and go for a time, get up the front at the start, there's a lot of single file sections. Be prepared to get VERY muddy!
Follow Dominic on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dmyrcrFor more info on Salomon Turbo X, visit: www.salomontrails.com/turbo-x