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Grim Original Aldershot 2012 Frozen Water

Frozen water on The Grim Original course

As I sit and write this, jet lagged from my trip to Chicago and preparing to get one last sleep before the Grim Original, I can’t help but wonder what exactly I’ve got myself into.

Back in July I was talking to a couple of the people I work with about how I had recently started running and mentioned that I was finding it more interesting to do training runs on a mix of country trails and roads, rather than simply sticking to urban footpaths. During this conversation one of my colleagues commented that he thought I would like the Grim Challenge. I asked a bit more about what “the grim” was, looked it up on Google and then signed up for it.

That was July, and although we didn’t exactly get a summer in the UK this year, even on the wet days back then it was warm. I guess I didn’t really think about the fact that doing this run in December it would be cold. Silly me. This morning the organisers of the Grim Original posted a photo on Facebook of a part of the course in Aldershot where one of the ‘water features’ we need to run through was frozen over and tomorrow’s weather forecast is predicting the temperature will be around freezing at the start of the race. Something tells me this little 8.5 mile mud run has a few extra challenges I failed to consider in July.

Oh well, I guess it will be cold but as the old saying goes, the show must go on. Wish me luck!

To give you some idea of what’s involved here is a YouTube video of last year’s event:


Year Without Beer

The Olympics may be over, but my Year Without Beer isn’t! I am spending all 366 days of this leap year alcohol free in an attempt to raise money for 2 charities that are both very close to my heart.

If giving up all alcohol for a year isn’t enough of a challenge to make you dig deep and show your support, I’ve also completed a challenge to run 500 miles! As part of my running challenge I have completed a quarter marathon, a 10 mile road race (Great South Run) and am signed up to do an 8 mile off road challenge (The Grim Original).

If you want to show some love them please donate to my year without beer and give your support to one of these fantastic causes:

  • To donate to Cancer Research UK please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB66 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB66 £5″ will donate £5.
  • To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.