The Adventure Fund in action: apes versus wolves
Here at Go Ape we’re all for celebrating adventure and stepping up to new challenges. So much so, that we offer an adventure fund for our staff that are looking to live life more adventurously. This year, one of our instructors at Go Ape Cannock, Rebekah Florence, decided to step up to the plate and take on not one, but TWO physical challenges. In part 1 of her story, Beki tells of her experiences with the Wolf Run 2016.
Here’s what she had to say:
“A few years ago, I remember seeing an obstacle race on TV and thought to myself I’d love to be able to do that, but quickly convinced myself I’d never be fit enough.
Since turning 30 last year, I decided I was fed up of feeling unfit and avoiding activities because of low confidence so found myself a great gym as well as taking the plunge to apply to join the Go Ape tribe.
The combination of my new levels of fitness, and working alongside some greatly supportive and adventurous people, my personal confidence grew buckets. Because of this, I have been getting involved in more and more activities that I never thought possible.
Fast forward to this autumn. My fitness is still a work-in-progress, but I decided to set myself a pretty big goal of participating in the Tough Mudder challenge next May.
As part of my preparation, I wanted to get to grips with an obstacle style event, and thanks to the amazing Adventure fund provided to Go Ape staff, I was able to participate alongside some friends in The Winter Wolf Run that was held at Stanford Hall, in Leicestershire.
“The concept behind the Wolf Run was to re-create the feeling of running in natural terrain – a wild run that would allow people to experience natural, raw running conditions as far as possible whilst also presenting runners with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable event.” – Wolf Run, 2016.
When we arrived, the temperature had taken a nice little dip to about 6°C which meant we were pretty cold before even starting.
In total there were 37 obstacles – both natural and man-made over a 10K distance. A lot of these obstacles involved water including a short underwater swim in the river, and a lake swim.
I have never felt cold like this, but was so proud to complete these obstacles as I have previously struggled with a fear of water.
The cold really battered our motivation and will, but I was determined to complete this challenge. Once we crossed that finish line, I felt an immense sense of pride and achievement (although it took longer to feel my fingers and toes again).
Although I still have a long way to go with my training for Tough Mudder, I really feel that this event has worked wonders for my grit and determination to push myself further – Beki Florence”
We’re looking forward to seeing how Beki progresses in her training over the next year or so. We may be biased, but we’re sure that Beki will release her inner Tarzan yet again and swing through it like a breeze. GO TEAM CANNOCK!