It looks as though this will become a regular annual feature for Paramount Fitness and all those involved with #TeamPF. Much like last year, I was keen to push our members outside of their comfort zones and encourage them to realise what they could achieve, if they were willing to take the chance and take action. The 30+ were made up of a few that had taken part in 2013, but mostly were new faces to this years challenge. I think after last years success the seed had been planted in many of our members heads to step up to the plate this year.
Due to the number of us that signed up, and the times of which sign ups were processed, #TeamPF were split across two Waves.
You can understand why these questions were being asked when the majority of #TeamPF had never taken part in an event like this or even thought they were capable of such a challenge.
The team even included individuals coming back from injury, one who had been hospitalised just 6 months earlier and others who had never ran any further than 1 mile before the 12 week training plan.
So you can imagine that there were a fair few nerves and anxious faces on the start line, as we warmed up. Opposite to last year, the weather was nice, we had a clear sunny sky and the temperature was around 14 degrees celsius. Much like last year, you make your way over Trent Bridge and down towards the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest FC. With the first cluster of obstacles out the way, you then enjoy a 2.5 mile run out to Holme Pierrepont, The National Watersports Centre.
As you make your way back onto your feet you need to get yourself over a large A-Frame with yet another Cargo Net to assist you – these were going to become your friend over the next 10k.
As you run over the bridges that loop the Water Rapids you soon have a taste of the River Trent. But it was time for the obstacle that most dread when they sign up for Survival Of The Fittest, Nottingham – The River Trent swim. With a new obstacle for 2014 in the way, you must fully submerge once again before you swim your way to the bank and climb out.

Your main aim now, get rid of your life-jacket and get your body temperature back to a tolerable level, so you get back into your stride and head off into the woodland. It’s heavy on the legs, but with your body temperature having been quite low due to the Trent, you enjoy the challenge as it soon gets you warm again. After a short run through a marshy woodland, you find yourself at Lady Bay and another set of obstacles.
Here you found a half pumped up set of inflatables to stumble through, a tight squeeze through some Tyres, a Lorry Trailer to climb in and out of along with a Climbing Wall, a Parkour Section and a set of Parallel Bars.. So back along the gravel pathway towards Nottingham Forest Football Club you go, passing those of later waves who have just started.
Time to test the legs a little more as you run up and down the steps of the Trent End of NFFC.
A chance to pose for a photo as you pass a event photographer on your final staircase before you up your pace back along The Embankment towards where it all began. One final push as you cross the River Trent over the Suspension Bridge and into the crowds. Get yourself over, under and through these and you are on the verge of an amazing achievement. But first, a new inverted wall, not the easiest thing to combat when you’re at the end of your energy supply. Whether you combat it alone and manage to pull yourself or you get a little help from your team-mates or other participants, when you’re up on that wall for a matter of seconds, you feel an immense sense of pride before you drop and stagger across the finish line.
Next year I will take 100 members with me to complete Men’s Health Survival Of The Fittest, Nottingham.
Above: Enjoying a well deserved alcoholic beverage with the number one fitness family in Nottingham. Britain’s biggest adventure running series, Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, is back in the capital this summer, when Wembley Park will be transformed into a colossal 10km urban assault course!
In return, our team will be on hand to provide you with continued fundraising and training support from now until the race, including your own Make Some Noise t-shirt to wear on the day.

The event, which is known to competitors as The Big One, serves as the kick off for the Survival season with other events taking place in Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Manchester from September onwards - that's a total of 20,000 competitors across the series. Each course features 10 packed obstacle zones across a 10km course in city-centre locations.
The 10 obstacle zones include the enormous scaffold build Urban Jungle, the Playground, the Barracks and the Waterworks featuring a monster water slide not forgetting Radio X’s very own X-treme zone.
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Here you carry a large traffic cone, a stone block beneath metal railings, a series of traffic barriers to jump and a slippery slide to climb with the help of a rope if you require.
Much like last year, my temptation to run on the pitch was high, but I managed to stick to the route and stayed out of trouble.
It’s right in front of you and trust me, having completed this course before, it seemed bigger this year than last. We have bruises and cuts to show for our efforts and a medal around our neck that will be worn with pride.

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