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A fun filled sunny afternoon for the Votwo Kamikaze 4 mile and 8 mile adventure runs

by Editor
Monday 19th May 2014
Tags  Votwo   |   Kamikaze Pippingford   |   Kamikaze   |   Kamikaze Final Sortie

Race report: Kamikaze Final Sortie Race - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kamikaze Final Sortie Race - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Over 140 individuals and 78 teams of 3 (making a total of 374 slightly mad people!) took part in the Kamikaze Final Sortie Race on Sunday at Pippingford Park, East Sussex.

The participants voluntarily put themselves through the torment of swimming through the boggy muddy river, tangling themselves in the spider’s web, running through the electric wires and in the finishing straight scaling the 10ft wall so they could wear their Kamikaze finishers t-shirt with pride!

Many family members with children came down to support their loved ones on Sunday. They even got involved by throwing cold wet sponges at the runners causing them to fall off and having to start again as they tackled the slippery balancing beams. There were cheeky smiles and laughter all round!

Alex Money competed in the under 20 category and also took overall victory in the 2 lap event in the fantastic time of 1 hour and 8 minutes.

Alex said, “This was my first Kamikaze event and I really enjoyed it. It was hard but lots of fun running and overcoming the challenging obstacles. It made it easier to run with the beautiful scenery. I do live an hour away but I will definitely be back again next year!”

Experienced obstacle runner Keith Fairburn from muddyrace.co.uk finished in second place in the full course. Keith was extremely happy as this was his fourth go at the Kamikaze and it was his fastest time. “I am very happy with my overall time of 1 hour and 13 minutes. I entered the Dorset Kamikaze last year and found that the Pippingford course has less hills, but the hills here are much longer! Both courses are surrounded by lovely scenery, making it an enjoyable event, I can’t wait for the next Dorset Kamikaze at the end of the year!”

Kamikaze Final Sortie Race - Sunday, May 18, 2014

There were many clubs that took part in the event and Crawley Black Belt Academy were just one. Anita Mitchell came in first position overall and also won first female for the one lap wonders. “The Crawly Back Belt Academy are a group of friends and wanted to compete the one lap together. We were also all fundraising for our own charities and I was running for St Peters Ardingly Pre School to raise money to buy equipment for the kids. I raised over £270 and I can’t wait to give them the money. Today was awesome and I want to do it all over again!!”

Tutu Trio competed in the race in fancy dress, wearing multi coloured wigs, fish net tops and tutus! As a team they are aiming to compete in 20 races in one year, and raising money for their specific charities, NASS, Cancer Research and Great Ormond Street. Ben Weeks said, “We loved this race, it was great fun. Out of all the obstacles I enjoyed the spider’s web the most. This is the first time that we have run in the Kamikaze at Pippingford Park. We competed as part of a huge challenge to run in 20 races in one year as I had to have life changing surgery when I was just three years old and I was told that I would have to have mini operations for the rest of my life. However because I have stayed so fit and kept my heart healthy, to date I have not had to have any operations, which is fantastic! Great Ormond Street saved my life and I want to give something back!”

If you want to support the Tutu Trios visit their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/tututrioruns for further information.

Votwo would also like to thank Gatorade for supplying the drinks for all of the participant’s pre, during and post event.

Kamikaze Final Sortie Race - Sunday, May 18, 2014

The next Votwo Kamikaze Event is to be held in Dorset on the 7th September, details here

Men's results

1 Alex Money   1:08:25
2 Keith Fairburn Muddyrace.co.uk 1:13:59
3 Daniel Meaden   1:14:40


Women's results

1 Mel Insall Kenya 1:38:33
2 Lucy Stanbridge   1:38:34
3 Sarah Lear   1:41:42


Click here for full results


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