Last Saturday saw over 1,200 participants complete the inaugural Born Survivor event, a military inspired obstacle course designed by elite armed forces personnel. The brainchild of an ex-Royal Marines' commando and Falkland's veteran, the 10k course took place within Lowther Castle's deer park and featured 40 purpose built obstacles and 1,000ft of ascent across a 10km course.
With seven waves of up to 200 people setting off every half hour, the course started and finished at the Born Survivor event village, where festival-inspired food, drink, entertainment and camping were made available for both participants and spectators. The day was drawn to a close by Kendal's own rock band The Seals who played live for over three hours, during which time they encouraged the final teams and individuals across the finish line.
Matt Leigh, from Born Survivor, said: "It's been an incredible day at Lowther Castle; the atmosphere was electric from the word go. We've had individuals and teams from across the UK and abroad take on the course and the response to the opening event has been amazing. It's a bold new twist on a tried-and-tested formula and I'm sure all of those who took part will agree it wasn't your average 10k or mud run; it was designed to be brutal and raw with teamwork being an essential ingredient for success."
After the popularity of this year's event, Matt is already looking ahead to 2014, with another adrenaline-filled course in the pipeline: "We're now focused on our next event on the 12 April 2014 when we'll be coming back to Lowther Castle for Born Survivor Reloaded. We'll purposely be offering people the same quality Born Survivor experience, but with a few twists and surprises thrown in along the way. We've already opened entries online for a reduced fee and registrations are coming in thick and fast."
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