We’re pleased to announce that Beat The Bog races now have a new, secondary site in Kent.
All races in 2015 will be held here.
This exciting new location offers much easier access for many, being just off the M25 and A25. More importantly it’s big, there’s plenty of mud and some really varied and challenging terrain.
For you Boggers, the Sevenoaks site means there will be more frequent BTB races with dates to choose from throughout the year. The varied ground there will allow us to construct seriously impressive and inventive obstacles. These will take some time to create… but they’ll be worth the wait and make for some mighty tough races.
Look out for the 2015 BTB race calendar at Sevenoaks – this will be posted here and on Facebook in September…
It is with a heavy heart that we have been forced to cancel the Autumn BTB race at Preston, near Canterbury.
To those of you who’ve recently been in contact, been putting teams together and planning on signing up for the October event, our apologies also. We know many of you have been training hard and looking forward to taking on The Bog, and to raising money for charity.
This is not a decision taken lightly.
For the past few weeks this summer we’ve been in talks with authorities and landowners at the Preston, Canterbury site over a number of restrictions which have come to light there. These restrictions stem from areas of ground under various wildlife conservation and scientific protection schemes with the EA, and others. They put severe limitations on when and how we can hold events, their routing and the number of people allowed on the ground at any one time. We’ve had long and detailed discussions with authorities, including options of totally new course routes at the Canterbury site. Unfortunately there’s no practical solution that would allow races that are safe for participants, spectators and race marshalls (compounded by access and safety factors at the river). This, at least, for the short term.
We are totally gutted. For the past 18 months, the key organisers Will and I (plus many others) have put considerable resources and time, including almost all of our weekends into the Canterbury site. We worked hard in all conditions to clear course routes through woods, dykes and ponds; and constructed some pretty serious obstacles. So now, given the popularity and success of previous BTB races held at Canterbury, this is a painful decision to have had to make.
Once again, we’d like to apologise to those of you who have, or were thinking of signing up for this Autumn’s Beat The Bog. And thank you to those who’ve extended their understanding and support – it means a great deal to Will, Riffi and I and the many others involved in the races.
If you’ve questions about any of this please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (More info on refunds below.)
This new site at Sevenoaks puts Beat The Bog events on a much firmer footing and we believe it will safeguard future races from cancellation. We’re determined to take Beat The Bog forward and so it’s back to work for us at Sevenoaks!
We look forward to announcing the calendar of race dates for 2015…
-Tom, Will and Riffi
If you’ve purchased a ticket to Beat The Bog Autumn 2014 (or been rolled over from previous BTB event) you should receive a full refund. Refunds will be made later this week, back to your payment card or account via the payment method you used (or the lead member of your team used), either: Paypal, or Stripe Payments (for credit and debit card payments)
You should receive an email notification of the refund from Paypal or from Stripe Payments. These notifications may take some time to come through, so please don’t worry if you don’t receive anything immediately. Please note that refunds will be requested by us this week, but funds may take up to 10 days to appear on your card, depending on the payment method you used. This depends on the processing time of the Payment providers, and is not something we can control.
If you were signed up by somebody elese as part of a team, the refund will be made to the lead team member that the payment(s) on your behalf. If you’ve any questions, please email them to email@example.com
Following the unfortunate cancellation of Beat The Bog Summer 2014, we will be issuing full refunds to all those that registered as of Monday 30th June 2014.
Alternatively, we are giving you option to move your registration ticket (roll over your entry) to the next race, BTB Autumn 2014, which takes place on 26th October.
If you would prefer your registration moved forward to this next event, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Sunday 29th June 2014, stating your full name and email address. This will enable us to locate your registration on the system and move your entry to BTB Autumn 2014. (If you’re part of a team, then you may need to discuss this with the other members).
If we don’t hear back from you by Sunday night, refunds will be made back to your payment card or account via the payment method you used, either Paypal or Credit/Debit Card. You should receive an email confirmation of the refund from Paypal or from Stripe Payments for credit/debit card payments. These refund notifications may take a few hours to come through, so please don’t worry if you don’t receive anything immediately.
In the case of teams and groups of 2 or more, the refund will be paid to the person that originally paid. Therefore, if you were signed up as part of a team, the refund will be made to the lead team member that registered you and made the payment(s) on your behalf.
It is with great regret that we’ve been forced to cancel the Summer 2014 Beat The Bog obstacle race, due to be held on 20th July at Preston, near Canterbury.
The cancellation is in order to safeguard protected wildlife at “The Bog” – the site of BTB obstacle courses at Preston Marshes. This wetland area is given special status as a habitat for all kinds of wildlife, in particular for sensitive nesting birds, which have been affected by the highly unusual weather conditions and massive flooding during the first quarter of 2014.
The flooding, which caused most of the BTB site to be under 4 Ft or more of water for some 8 weeks, has led to the nesting season running late this year. This is still having a particular impact on the many protected bird species such as Lapwing, and a large number of these birds will still be nesting later than normal through July. Whilst we organize BTB events, we’re also the guardians of the site and we cannot hold an event likely to disturb this, even in unusual circumstances.
We would like to apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience the cancellation might cause you, especially for those of you planning to run with teams or raise money for charity. We hope you’ll be understanding. This was a difficult decision for us to have to make, but after exploring the options available, there was really no alternative (please see our email, or contact us for further information).
With the great success of previous BTB races, we have big plans for the future, with some exciting new obstacles and course routes being prepared, so don’t be too disheartened …you’ll get your chance at Beating The Bog later this year..!
We can say with some assurance that, in order to avoid this situation in future years, the BTB calendar will be September to April only, to avoid any potential conflicts. Please do keep an eye out here for new course maps, details of new obstacles and news of a fuller calendar of bigger and better events –including Autumn and Winter 2014 and through into 2015… there’s plenty to look forward to!
-Tom and Will
Congratulations to the Champion Bogger Luke Bicknell (of Community Gyms) who absolutely stormed around The Bog and once again finihed in first place. Luke also bested his time of the November race, all the more impressive given there were several extra obstacles and conditions were boggier… Well done Luke!
Close behind Luke was Charlie Bainbridge, also running with Community Gyms and Patrick Butler in 3rd place.
Well done all those who Beat The Bog, this Spring, it’s no mean feat!
(Please note, we can’t guarantee the accuracy of these results, as the times were not electronically recorded and many names are missing!) How the fastest Boggers lined up:
|Bogger||ID||Team Name||Start Time||Finish Time||Course Time|
|1||Luke Bicknell||827||Community gyms||10:00 AM||10:46:30||0:46:30|
|2||Charlie Bainbridge||831||Community gyms||10:00 AM||10:47:30||0:47:30|
|3||Patrick Butler||271||10:00 AM||10:51:17||0:51:17|
|4||Chris Alcott||405||10:40 AM||11:32:00||0:52:00|
|5||Victoria Sudlow||612||10:40 AM||11:32:00||0:52:00|
|6||James Fidget||387||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||10:53:00||0:53:00|
|7||Wayne Kennedy||840||10:00 AM||10:53:50||0:53:50|
|8||Alex Butler||272||10:00 AM||10:53:59||0:53:59|
|9||Wayne Leaney||250||10:00 AM||10:58:00||0:58:00|
|10||Jake Bicknell||436||Roll the DICE||10:00 AM||10:58:00||0:58:00|
|11||Steve Denby||252||10:00 AM||10:58:30||0:58:30|
|12||Zoe Lawton-Barret||829||Community gyms||10:00 AM||10:58:59||0:58:59|
|13||Matt Lister||733||11:20 AM||12:19:00||0:59:00|
|14||Lara Johnston||376||The Muddington Peas||11:20 AM||12:19:00||0:59:00|
|15||Jay Saunders||454||RPCC||11:20 AM||12:20:00||1:00:00|
|16||James Jeffreys||455||RPCC||11:20 AM||12:20:00||1:00:00|
|17||Adam Beeching||456||RPCC||11:20 AM||12:20:00||1:00:00|
|18||David Bleach||839||11:20 AM||12:21:00||1:01:00|
|19||Tom Brian||276||Men Of Steel||10:00 AM||11:01:30||1:01:30|
|20||sean maguire||597||10:40 AM||11:41:30||1:01:30|
|21||Tommy Nugent||828||Community gyms||10:00 AM||11:01:50||1:01:50|
|22||Darren Keem||358||Coombs bog joggers||10:00 AM||11:02:50||1:02:50|
|23||Lewis McAuley-Jones||801||Fli Fitness||10:00 AM||11:03:00||1:03:00|
|24||Carl Adams||338||10:00 AM||11:03:14||1:03:14|
|25||Sophie Leaney||249||10:00 AM||11:03:50||1:03:50|
|26||wayne olsen||631||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||11:47:00||1:07:00|
|27||Kerrie Fisher||552||10:00 AM||11:08:00||1:08:00|
|28||Tom Oakley||833||11:20 AM||12:28:00||1:08:00|
|29||Alex Lloyd||599||Cuckfield Boggies||10:40 AM||11:48:00||1:08:00|
|30||Ben Morris||600||Cuckfield Boggies||10:40 AM||11:48:00||1:08:00|
|31||Simeon Morris||605||10:40 AM||11:48:00||1:08:00|
|32||thomas robinson||290||10:00 AM||11:09:00||1:09:00|
|33||Lois Banyard||614||10:00 AM||11:09:30||1:09:30|
|34||Steve Gregory||819||10:00 AM||11:10:00||1:10:00|
|35||Emma Williams||251||10:00 AM||11:10:30||1:10:30|
|36||Sam Jarrett||838||10:00 AM||11:11:00||1:11:00|
|37||Dan Challender||438||Roll the DICE||10:00 AM||11:12:00||1:12:00|
|38||Lydia Tiller||439||Roll the DICE||10:00 AM||11:12:00||1:12:00|
|39||Annie Jones||620||11:20 AM||12:32:00||1:12:00|
|40||Sam Sharpe||822||Muddy funkers||10:40 AM||11:52:00||1:12:00|
|41||jamie slater||772||muddy funkers||10:40 AM||11:52:00||1:12:00|
|42||Ben North||773||Muddy funkers||10:40 AM||11:52:00||1:12:00|
|43||tom nunn||782||muddy funkers||10:40 AM||11:52:00||1:12:00|
|44||James MacDonald-Bell||279||10:40 AM||11:53:00||1:13:00|
|45||Josie Nye||288||10:40 AM||11:53:00||1:13:00|
|46||faye minister||313||Zim and co||11:20 AM||12:34:00||1:14:00|
|47||quinton cane||314||Zim and co||11:20 AM||12:34:00||1:14:00|
|48||michael erlwanger||315||Zim and co||11:20 AM||12:34:00||1:14:00|
|49||Harriet Wiles||460||Zim and Co||11:20 AM||12:34:00||1:14:00|
|50||Adam Powell||622||10:40 AM||11:55:00||1:15:00|
|51||David Anders||623||10:40 AM||11:55:00||1:15:00|
|52||Chris Oates||280||Onesie Wonders||10:00 AM||11:16:00||1:16:00|
|53||Steve McCarty||283||Onesie Wonders||10:00 AM||11:16:00||1:16:00|
|54||David Parker||287||Onesie Wonders||10:00 AM||11:16:00||1:16:00|
|55||Kim O\'Mara||621||10:40 AM||11:56:00||1:16:00|
|56||Joe Gibson||786||10:40 AM||11:56:30||1:16:30|
|57||richard teague||321||11:20 AM||12:37:00||1:17:00|
|58||Mat Keeler||284||Onesie Wonders||10:00 AM||11:17:30||1:17:30|
|59||Andrew Cross||328||10:00 AM||11:17:30||1:17:30|
|60||Melvin Hancock||343||10:00 AM||11:17:30||1:17:30|
|61||Sally Luckhurst||847||Boot campers||10:40 AM||11:58:00||1:18:00|
|62||Amy Marles||848||Boot campers||10:40 AM||11:58:00||1:18:00|
|63||michael waller||811||10:40 AM||11:59:00||1:19:00|
|64||Caley Houguez||427||10:00 AM||11:19:30||1:19:30|
|65||Ryan houguez||428||10:00 AM||11:19:30||1:19:30|
|66||Rowena Cooper||322||10:00 AM||11:20:00||1:20:00|
|67||Emma Doyle||324||10:00 AM||11:20:00||1:20:00|
|68||Nicola Jeanne Kinglsey||641||Mucky Pups||10:40 AM||12:00:00||1:20:00|
|69||wayne olsen||630||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||12:01:00||1:21:00|
|70||Cathy Gonner||440||Roll the DICE||10:00 AM||11:22:30||1:22:30|
|71||Neil Ashton||849||10:00 AM||11:23:00||1:23:00|
|72||duncan dettmer||326||10:00 AM||11:24:30||1:24:30|
|73||steve gull||327||10:00 AM||11:24:30||1:24:30|
|74||sarah maguire||598||10:40 AM||12:06:00||1:26:00|
|75||Benjamin Chapman||479||10:00 AM||11:28:00||1:28:00|
|76||Richard Chapman||478||10:00 AM||11:28:15||1:28:15|
|77||Nicola Carter||277||10:00 AM||11:29:00||1:29:00|
|78||Daniel Carter||278||10:00 AM||11:29:00||1:29:00|
|79||Steve Reith||476||10:00 AM||11:29:00||1:29:00|
|80||wayne olsen||634||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||12:09:00||1:29:00|
|81||Louise Sherlock||639||Mucky Pups||10:40 AM||12:09:00||1:29:00|
|82||Daniel Sherratt||373||10:40 AM||12:09:30||1:29:30|
|83||Dafydd Thomas||374||10:40 AM||12:09:30||1:29:30|
|84||Jonathan Tolson||375||10:40 AM||12:09:30||1:29:30|
|85||Sarah Lewis||640||Mucky Pups||10:40 AM||12:09:30||1:29:30|
|86||natalie diab||608||boot campers||10:40 AM||12:10:00||1:30:00|
|87||Christine Biggin||616||Boot Campers||10:40 AM||12:10:00||1:30:00|
|88||Lucy Gove||617||Boot campers||10:40 AM||12:10:00||1:30:00|
|89||rachael foster||619||Boot campers||10:40 AM||12:10||1:30:00|
|90||bob bale||607||boot campers||10:40 AM||12:11:00||1:31:00|
|91||wayne olsen||632||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||12:13:00||1:33:00|
|92||wayne olsen||635||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||12:13:00||1:33:00|
|93||wayne olsen||633||Caring for Connor Campaign||10:40 AM||12:14:00||1:34:00|
|94||Kevin webb||382||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|95||Andy Springford||383||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|96||Martin Rowland||384||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|97||Matt Tomkins||385||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|98||Simone Ferguson||386||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|99||Dave Welham||410||Maidstone Parkfit||10:00 AM||11:35:00||1:35:00|
|100||Danny Russell||589||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:15:00||1:35:00|
|101||Mark Kemp||404||Team Awesome||10:00 AM||11:36:00||1:36:00|
|102||Joanne Westrip||553||10:00 AM||11:36:00||1:36:00|
|103||Daniel Foster||585||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:16:00||1:36:00|
|104||Bradley Russell||590||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:16:00||1:36:00|
|105||Steven Oregan||604||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:16:00||1:36:00|
|106||Thomas Brain||642||Abilgails Footsteps TEST||10:40 AM||12:16:00||1:36:00|
|107||Martyn Wells||796||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:16:00||1:36:00|
|108||Pete Burnside||399||10:00 AM||11:36:30||1:36:30|
|109||Andrew Wilson||342||11:20 AM||12:57:00||1:37:00|
|110||NATALIE TURNER||798||ABIGAILS FOOTSTEPS||11:20 AM||12:57:00||1:37:00|
|111||James Healey||359||Coombs bog joggers||10:00 AM||11:38:00||1:38:00|
|112||Zoe Rowlands||550||Zoe||10:00 AM||11:38:00||1:38:00|
|113||Steve Wilkes||551||Zoe||10:00 AM||11:38:00||1:38:00|
|114||Steven Henderson||810||11:20 AM||12:59:00||1:39:00|
|115||Kathryn Freeland||485||The Work Shop||10:40 AM||12:19:00||1:39:00|
|116||Peter Williams||486||The Work Shop||10:40 AM||12:19:00||1:39:00|
|117||Anna Nugent||830||Community gyms||10:00 AM||11:39:00||1:39:00|
|118||Annie Clarke||832||Community gyms||10:00 AM||11:39:00||1:39:00|
|119||Rob Platt||797||Abigail's Footsteps||11:20 AM||13:01:00||1:41:00|
|120||Allan Charles||360||Coombs bog joggers||10:00 AM||11:44:00||1:44:00|
|121||Josh Rowan||361||Coombs bog joggers||10:00 AM||11:44:00||1:44:00|
|122||Jim Burn||477||10:00 AM||11:44:00||1:44:00|
|123||Sophie Lister||842||11:20 AM||13:05:00||1:45:00|
|124||ANTONY BARNETT||294||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:28:00||1:48:00|
|125||ANNETTE NIXON||292||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:29:00||1:49:00|
|126||SEB ARCYZ NIXON||293||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:29:00||1:49:00|
|127||CLAIRE JONES||296||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:29:00||1:49:00|
|128||ANDY PEANUT ADAMSON||300||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:29:00||1:49:00|
|129||Sarah Verrion||826||11:20 AM||13:10:00||1:50:00|
|130||SAM JONES||295||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:30:00||1:50:00|
|131||NICK LEESE||298||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:30:00||1:50:00|
|132||MARK EVANS||299||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:30:00||1:50:00|
|133||NATHAN NIXON||291||THE BOGS BOLLOXS||10:40 AM||12:31:00||1:51:00|
|134||anthony buckley||817||muddy funkers||10:00 AM||11:52||1:52:00|
|135||Emma Holder||507||10:40 AM||12:32:00||1:52:00|
|136||Shaun Ramage||582||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:33:00||1:53:00|
|137||James Perry||587||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:35:00||1:55:00|
|138||Gary Watts||591||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:35:00||1:55:00|
|139||Michelle Horne||602||FitnessFrenzi||10:40 AM||12:35:00||1:55:00|
|140||Evi Wheeler||603||FitnessFrenzi||10:40 AM||12:35:00||1:55:00|
|141||Hazel Scott||323||10:00 AM||11:57:00||1:57:00|
|142||Nicola Reynolds||593||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:37:00||1:57:00|
|143||Natalie Helmsley||592||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:38:00||1:58:00|
|144||Justine Bell||594||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:38:00||1:58:00|
|145||Kay Skinner||447||Band of Mudders||10:40 AM||12:39:00||1:59:00|
|146||simon woollett||448||band of mudders||10:40 AM||12:39:00||1:59:00|
|147||Jo Morris||451||Band of Mudders||10:40 AM||12:39:00||1:59:00|
|148||Matthew Drinkwater||489||Band of Mudders||10:40 AM||12:39:00||1:59:00|
|149||David Dee||457||10:00 AM||11:59:15||1:59:15|
|150||Nik Starmer-Smith||445||Band of Mudders||10:40 AM||12:40:00||2:00:00|
|151||robert harrison||449||BAND OF MUDDLERS||10:40 AM||12:40:00||2:00:00|
|152||Keith Foster||586||Charlie's champions||10:40 AM||12:40:00||2:00:00|
|153||Adele Jackson||335||10:00 AM||12:07:30||2:07:30|
|154||Rob Kipling||656||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||12:57:00||2:17:00|
|155||jason hills||643||abigails footsteps||10:40 AM||12:59:00||2:19:00|
|156||Ruth Thompson||648||Abigail's footsteps||10:40 AM||12:59:00||2:19:00|
|157||Stuart Bowman||649||Abigail's Footsteps||10:40 AM||12:59:00||2:19:00|
|158||JARED DUNGATE||664||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||12:59:00||2:19:00|
|159||Taylar West||644||10:40 AM||13:00:00||2:20:00|
|160||Nicola Moreland||646||10:40 AM||13:00:00||2:20:00|
|161||Holly Hill||657||Abigail's footsteps||10:40 AM||13:00:00||2:20:00|
|162||Daniel Cockerill||662||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:00:00||2:20:00|
|163||Richard Brown||762||Abigail's footsteps||10:40 AM||13:00:00||2:20:00|
|164||joanna strickland||472||The Work Shop||10:00 AM||12:21:00||2:21:00|
|165||Bryn Yorath||473||The Work Shop||10:00 AM||12:21:00||2:21:00|
|166||Gill Ayling||474||The Work Shop||10:00 AM||12:21:00||2:21:00|
|167||Victoria Marlow||475||The Work shop||10:00 AM||12:21:00||2:21:00|
|168||Robert Drew||651||Abigail's Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:01:00||2:21:00|
|169||Ben Beer||652||Abigail's Footsteps||10:40 AM||1:01:00 PM||2:21:00|
|170||rob kipling||654||abigails footsteps||10:40 AM||13:01:00||2:21:00|
|171||Daniel Keenan||658||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:01:00||2:21:00|
|172||Mark Fisher||611||TEAM BOOTCAMP||10:40 AM||13:03:00||2:23:00|
|173||Etibensi Nkereuwem||618||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:03:00||2:23:00|
|174||Susannah Baron||766||team bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:03:00||2:23:00|
|175||joanne richards||784||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:03:00||2:23:00|
|176||Rosalie Maltby||610||TEAM BOOTCAMP||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|177||Louisa Fisher||613||TEAM BOOTCAMP||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|178||James Finch||647||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|179||Rachel Mulder||659||Abigail's Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|180||Holly Hill||660||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|181||Rachel Mulder||661||Abigails Footsteps||10:40 AM||13:04:00||2:24:00|
|182||karen brazier||783||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:04||2:24:00|
|183||Becky Robinson||414||Jelley Legs||10:40 AM||13:05:00||2:25:00|
|184||SARAH BARNES||606||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:05:00||2:25:00|
|185||JASON BARNES||609||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:05:00||2:25:00|
|186||Emma Gregory||774||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:05:00||2:25:00|
|187||Madeline Howling||775||Team Bootcamp||10:40 AM||13:05:00||2:25:00|
|188||Joeanne Terry||415||Jelly Legs||10:40 AM||13:06:00||2:26:00|
|189||Marika Landy||443||10:40 AM||13:06:00||2:26:00|
|190||Maria Pilson||423||Jelley Legs||10:40 AM||13:09:00||2:29:00|
|191||Abby Bradshaw||273||10:00 AM||12:31:00||2:31:00|
|192||Nick Creaser||274||10:00 AM||12:31:00||2:31:00|
|193||Tammie Glover||402||Team Awesome||10:00 AM||12:35:00||2:35:00|
|194||Mel Harding||497||10:00 AM||12:37:00||2:37:00|
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April 13, 2014 – April 13, 2014
The monthly Bog Trials are coming soon. Against the clock, this’ll be a 1/3rd mile race twice or more round the new Kent Quick Hop course with 12 obstacles on route.
This Sat 12th April we’re doing a test run for just a few select Boggers. This’ll just be bit of fun while we get the formula right for future events. Places limited to first 30 only. (And please remember this is a special short course, and not the full B.T.B.)
Beat The Bog events are seasonal affairs so we’ve split the calendar up in a simplified way – you’ll now see B.T.B. SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN and, shortly, WINTER 2015…
And to keep you Boggers busy in between times, we’ll shortly be introducing a series of smaller races – The Bog Trials – these will be monthly timed races around a special boggy obstacle course we’re now building to accompany the full Beat The Bog.
More news on this shortly!
-Tom & Will
I am very saddened to announce that, having examined the course this morning with my co-organisers, we are forced to CANCEL this Sunday 16th February’s “Bog Rush” event. The course is now submerged beyond our control and is dangerous.
We will roll-over your entries to the (higher priced) spring “Bogathon” event, now on 27th April (when the water will, hopefully, have subsided). I sincerely hope that you will be able to accept our offer, and we will move your entries automatically. For those of you who have trouble making this date, have no fear – we will be holding further events in July and October, so if you can’t make Bogathon date, please let us know! We want to ensure that every Bogger comes to experience the BOG this year…
Until Friday evening we were all going full steam ahead – working furiously putting the finishing touches to obstacles and about to start course marking for Sunday. We thought a little extra water would only add to the challenge of Beating The Bog… however the river bursting its banks over the weekend has made holding the event completely impractical and highly dangerous.
I never thought I would even have to consider cancelling such an event because of the weather: believing that conditions, no matter how bad they were, would simply add to the challenge of Beating The Bog, – and that the determination, dedication and resilience of our Boggers would overcome all..!
I’m sure most of you will be aware of the flooding going on up and down the country, with the endless talk on the news, and unfortunately this has hit East Kent hard in the past week. Those of you in Kent may even have seen the local BBC reports of the environment agency bringing in extra pumps at Stourmouth pumping station, which is very close to the Beat The Bog course. They’ve been doing their best, but the Little Stour river which flows around the course has now burst its banks. The result: the worst flooding here in 14 years.
The “Bog” is now 90% completely under water, in some case up to 2 Metres deep, with forecasts of more and more heavy rain into the future. (Most of the course is situated on boggy marshland around the river the Little Stour, so it should come as no surprise that it get a little wet down there. However, when on the very rare occasion the river bursts its banks, the area becomes one giant lake. There is simply nothing we can do.)
I am very disappointed to have let you all down this time. Especially those loyal Boggers who have supported us through our first events. You can see from the pictures how the view has changed over the past few days – it’s gone from being boggy fields with ponds and dykes, to being one giant lake.
This video shows a view across:
This was as far as we could walk – with everything submerged in flood water.
(Some of you may well ask the question: Why don’t you simply move the Feb “Bog Rush” to a March date, and keep it as a separate event? Well, while we have considered doing this, when this land last flooded in 2000 it took over 8 weeks for the water to drain away to any meaningful degree, so there would be no point, unfortunately.)
On a personal note this comes as a financial knock for us as a tiny team doing everything on a shoestring budget – this is something beyond our control – but we are treating the cancellation as just another obstacle to be overcome like all the rest..!
Thank you for your understanding. I and my co-organisers William and Riffi appreciate your support. Do feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
The below photos help to illustrate how the scene has changed over the past few days:
The Big Bog-Off went down a storm on 17th November when a sizeable field of crazed Boggers lined up to take on the first challenge at “The Bog” – Kent’s new obstacle course.
Bog M.C. “Pete Fitness” got everybody moving and properly warmed up to music, necessary to stem the cold… As, what lay ahead, was more than 5 miles of cold mud and water – dykes, rivers, ponds and bogs covered with climbing walls, mud crawls nets, slides, pole walks and other nasty things, and all together comprising some 53 testing obstacles…
Tired as hell, thoroughly soaked and muddy from head to toe with bits of bog in places they never knew they had, the Boggers thought they were pretty well through until they met the final two obstacles.
It was these that were perhaps the biggest and the best… The “Bog Scraper” and the Finish Line Net. The Bog Scraper, a massive beast of an obstacle, is a huge platform built over a pond which demanded a challenging climb out of slippery pond and up a long ladder, followed by a tricky wiggle through some tyres at the top. The effort was worth it as, emerging from the tyres, the Boggers found waiting before them a huge slide down with a another muddy pond at the bottom… The pictures tell the rest!
After a final steep hill climb, the finish line loomed. This was a daunting obstacle in itself, comprising a 16Ft vertical scramble net – a tricky climb right up to the finish sign, and then down. Fighting off the cold, and tired from the miles of mud, the Boggers put in some valiant efforts and pretty much all made it over.
We’re pleased to say everybody made it back in one piece – cold but alive, and having properly Beaten The Bog… -Big congrats to all!
(Photos by Grant Burton and Funk Dooby!)
This great GoPro video was made by Alex Barry – See his YouTube channel.
There were some serious Bog-athletes among the challengers – Well done to Luke Bicknell of East Kent Crossfit, who was the quickest round The Bog, closely followed by Edward Smith…
-Tom and the rest of the Bog Crew.