What a weekend we had there were laughs, wine, mud and more laughs. We spent a girls weekend at the Filthy Girl Mud Run in Derbyshire at Catton Hall. We had a fabulous weekend and didn’t stop laughing from meeting up at the service station Friday morning to coming home last night. There has been both good and bad comments on Facebook about the weekend and how it was organised and I will touch on that later. Our weekend was fabulous but that was mainly because of our own doing and organisation not that of Filthy Mud Run.
Our weekend started at Knutsford services at 8am Friday morning when we all met up. We then made our way to Derbyshire calling for a Toby Carvery breakfast to line our stomachs before the girls weekend antics really began. We arrived at Catton Hall around 10.30am and they allowed us to register and check in despite the official time being 11am. This was fab as we got a great parking spot and we’re able to get unloaded and set up quickly and easily.
We had booked a 6 person bell tent in the VIP field at a cost of £500. The tents are sold as being luxurious glamping and that you have extra perks like nice toilets and showers. Well we’re do I begin. We had a popped bed and two that were slowing deflating when we arrived. The ladies were still sorting some tents out and told us we would have to go back to registration to get it sorted as they had no radios. An hour later a guy provided us with a new bed and inflated all the others. Happy days for us as they all stayed inflated for the full weekend. Other tents were not so lucky and there were lots of deflated popped beds being walked around and they had to keep coming back with the pump not what you expect when paying £500. The bedding wasn’t really adequate, you had a sheet to lie on and quilt some of which were super thin. I would recommend taking some extra blankets or a sleeping bag because the second night we were all freezing cold and very tempted to retreat to the car for some warmth.
The toilet and shower facilities were ok no issues till later on Friday evening when one block completely broke down. It was all blocked and locked up till someone came Saturday morning and even then it wasn’t fixed. We had 14 toilets between a whole field of at least 1000 people so wasn’t the greatest. We had a contingency plan though and had brought our own portable toilet so happy days.
Saturday morning we were in wave 2 of 15 for our run one of the perks of your £500 glamping tent. We got all dressed and ready to go. Unfortunately we had been a awake since 6am one of the joys of camping in a field. We headed to the main tent for warm up at 8.35am which was done by some girls due to James Haskell pulling out due to injury (which has later transpired as a lie as he was having a PT session according to his social media) What happened Filthy Girl?.
After the warm up which was more like a 20 minutes aerobic class we were ready to run. Below are some pictures from around the course. We didn’t really get our run on more a walk and girly chat with lots of laughs along the way.
After the run we hit the showers and were extremely lucky to just walk straight in one. Other people who ran later waited up to an hour in the rain, freezing cold wet and muddy for a shower. The water was warm and much-needed after the run wading through freezing cold stagnant water and ponds.
Saturday evening we went over to the entertainment tent to have a dance. I was surprised when the music stopped at 11pm I thought it would have been on till later and that’s the impression you are given when booking and looking at the website. I was also shocked when we asked the security man were to buy tokens for a drink to be told as long as we had plastic bottles we could just bring our own in and he wouldn’t even stop us. Well guess what we popped back filled some bottles and did just that. Saved a fortune as a group of 6 we didn’t spend 1p on site all weekend.
We had a brilliant time not really because of anything the Filthy Girl team did but because we made it fun. We took lots of drinks and food with us. Were well organised by taking our toilet and additional tent for our belongings (not much room in the bell tent with 6 beds). We had our own music, cooking facilities and just really enjoyed our time together. The run was fun but lacking marshals in case of accidents and directions. You also do not expect to see ambulances arriving and leaving all weekend. We were told that someone had spinal injuries after being able to access a semi inflated obstacle on Friday evening and then broken legs and injuries on the unsupervised course Saturday followed by several ambulances arriving Saturday evening after the music was turned off. Nothing confirmed in relation to the injuries or why the ambulances were needed it’s just what you see and hear.
In summary the good points:
We had fun and lots of laughs.
Carpark was easy to get out of on Sunday morning.
The grass drained well despite a thunder-storm you never really needed wellies
The bad points that need some improvement:
Security on the VIP campsite didn’t exist anyone could walk in it (may explain why it was so busy). This is despite being told it would be monitored and secure for only VIP guests. Our bands were never checked once and sometimes no one even stationed there to check.
The rules they send out are not enforced in any way – no gazebos outside bell tents (people had them), cookers being used every other tent, BBQ’s for tea Saturday evening, no glass bottles, no drinks or food in the entertainment area. All broken not one person stopped or checked.
No marshals to supervise the equipment properly resulting in injuries whilst doing the run. How more people were not hurt I will never know but 5 ambulances through the day says it all.
No security in the entertainment arena resulting in a girl being able to scale a fence and fall off an inflatable injuring her spine on Friday evening. This resulted in the grand finale obstacle being closed to everyone.
Very disorganised all weekend.
Blocked toilets that never seemed to get fixed.
Would I book again? Nope NO and Nope. There are far better well organised runs out there to go to. We had a fab weekend but because we made it fun. We only went to the entertainment arena for an hour each evening. The run was dis jointed and badly lay out with very few marshalls.