Last Sunday around 600 men and women did something a lot of people would think was pretty crazy… they ran 10km, climbed over walls, swam across lakes, carried sandbags, crawled under barbed wire, dragged themselves through muddy swamps… and all in the name of fun!

The Forest Warrior is part of a growing sport known as Obstacle Course Racing.  OCR has its routes in military training, but some may say it’s been taken to a whole new level, designed to challenge endurance, strength, dexterity and speed.

Some people do it to raise money for charity, some people do it to really challenge themselves, and others just do it for the pure pleasure.  Whether competing as an individual, or as a group of friends, there’s nothing quite like it.  We may be biased, but we think the Forest of Dean is one of the best places to have a go!

We at Float in the Forest speak from some experience, with Shari having proudly completed one Forest Warrior event, and Will having done three.  What we were most impressed with was the camaraderie – in spite of it being a race, people were genuinely happy to help each other through it.  Shari particularly appreciated a few helping hands!  Above all we know it’s far from easy – afterwards we felt like we’d been trampled by elephants!

What we really needed at that time was floatation – to soothe the aching muscles and help us recover more quickly.

And this is why we were excited to be approached to support this year’s Forest Warrior event.

Firstly, not a lot of people know about floatation, and the wonderful effects it can have in aiding recovery and enhancing performance.  More info on that here.

Secondly we felt that those brave Forest Warriors deserved the chance to win a float for their efforts.

And so we were proud to donate the prize of a free float each to the male and female winners: Ross Brackley, and Becky Neal.  Amazing work guys!

We went along to the event on Sunday, and had a great time chatting with warriors, their families and friends, enjoying a sunny day out in the Forest of Dean.

If you’d like to find out more about the Forest Warrior – have a look at their website – and who knows, maybe next year you’ll be a Forest Warrior?

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