The second of the ASICS Off Road Race Series took place at the Ministry of Defence training ground on Saturday at Camberley, Surrey. The event, MudMan, could easily have been renamed SnowMan due to the adverse weather conditions.
But that didn't stop over 350 athletes turn out to race the 10km trail run or the accompanying duathlon. The snow still lay thick on the ground between the pine trees as Heartbreak Ridge went from packed ice to slush, making the terrain tricky to predict for the racers.
The 10k trail runners were first to set off, followed by another big turnout of canine runners. Winner of the WildMan 10k David Hellard came in first again in 43:58, setting himself up as the man to be beaten this series.
Ross Muir came in just behind in 44:43 with Darren Bird third in 44:45. The top female finishers were Madeline Clements in 51:27, Kate Robson in 52:10 and Fiona Strouts with 53:24.
The duathlon saw pre-race favourite Jez Cox forced to retire leaving the rest of the field to battle against the treacherous conditions. Jim McConnel came in overall winner in a time of 2:01:37 followed closely by Colin Dixon in 2:02:43 and Paul Davies in 2:03:01.
The next race in the ASICS Off Road Race Series is IceMan on 22nd January 2011 in Frimley, Surrey. Places are still available, log on to www.humanrace.co.uk for more information and to register.