Commemorating the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, which lasted from 31st July until the 10th November, this Royal British Legion event is a great fund raiser and held at Penpergwm, near Abergavenny.
The course was about 5 miles long over mainly flat fields with various obstacles to negotiate along the way, including mountains of hay bails to climb over, cargo nets to scramble under, and a tunnel to crawl under which had wires dangling from the top to give anyone a small electric shock should you touch one of them.
There were a good number of Caerleon Running Club members there who signed in and were given their run T shirts to wear. The camo paint was handed around which was liberally applied to our faces, but I have to say that it didn't make any of us look like steely eyed killers, but it helped us to get into the atmosphere of the event.
The organisers gave a heath and safety talk before we were put through our paces with a warm up, then split us into starting groups so that not everyone started at the same time, which would have created large queues at each obstacle.
We began negotiating some simple hay bails where team work was the name of the game to help others get over them before we arrived at the river, which we had to cross. The water was fairly fast flowing, about knee deep and icy cold, and one or two people lost their footing and got an unexpected dip.