With the next Mayhem challenge run taking place on the 21st May, a huge number of groups and individuals will be preparing to travel to Kedrah Castle in Tipperary to take part. A lap of Mayhem is 5km of cross country track and obstacles which takes place across varied terrain from mud to hip height water. If this will be your first time at Mayhem – don’t panic, our guide will help you to make the most of it.
Please note that we welcome spectators on the day, so feel free to bring along your family and friends! A great spot for spectators is by the Slide or Lily Pads obstacles 🙂
What to Wear:
- Base Layers
- Base layer tops and leggings are aerodynamic (i.e. they fit close to the body and will not weigh you down) and breathable. Ensure that tops have long sleeves to protect your arms and elbows during the run.
- Thin layers of close fitting breathable clothing
- A couple of thin layers will provide more heat than one heavy layer as pockets of air will become trapped between layers and warm up. Thin breathable layers will not weigh you down in mud and water, will dry quicker and are less likely to overheat you.
- Waterproof socks or double skin socks
- Tight fitting trainers
- Trainers that are tightly laced and fit closely are far less likely to slip off in mud and in water. Duct tape or vet wrap can be an asset pre-race by allowing you to tape your trainers on to your feet. Trainers will end up wet and muddy so factor this in when choosing footwear.
- Gloves will keep hands warm and allow grip at obstacles. Fingerless cycling gloves are good.
- A well-fitting hat (i.e. one that will actually stay on your head when you run) will help keep you warm especially at the start of the race.
- Sports Bras
- If you are worried about chaffing, applying some Vaseline before the race along the groin and under arms will help to prevent this. Lanacane cream can also be applied to thighs to avoid rubbing and friction.
- Any support equipment you need
- If you normally wear any joint supports, tape or equipment remember to bring this with you on the day.
- A Smile!
- We have 4 cameras on site , 3 cameras that will be on the track to get plenty of action shots of you and your friends and we will also have a video camera on the day.
- If you have a GoPro, feel free to bring it on the day and record your experience on the Mayhem track!
What not to wear:
- Anything made of fleece or non breathable fabric
- This will weigh you down when you go through water and mud. When you start to warm up these fabrics will not breath and may cause you to overheat.
- Baggy Clothing
- These will weigh you down when they get coated in water and mud and may also hinder you at obstacles by becoming snagged
- Underwire Bras
- This will either get lost, broken or pose a safety risk of getting caught on something.
- Down filled jackets
- When down gets wet, it gets heavy. Picture carrying a wet pillow around the track on your body – not a good idea.
- Short sleeves and shorts
- We recommend ensuring your elbows and knees are covered for your safety and protection when you are working your way through the obstacles.
- Your mobile phone
- You can check in to Mayhem on Facebook before or after the race. Bringing your phone out with you will not end well.
- Spiked or studded shoes
- These are prohibited from Mayhem for safety reasons and anyone who turns up with them will not be permitted to race.
- Loose shoes or wellies
- These will get sucked off in the mud leaving you to trot home in your socks.
- White clothing
- It might start off white but it will not end up white.
- New shoes and socks
- To avoid blisters and pinching, it is best to run wearing shoes and socks you are comfortable in and that you have broken in.
What to Bring With You:
- A change of clothes
- No one wants to end up driving home wet, mucky and tired. Remember to pack yourself a change of clothes, including underwear, before you leave for Mayhem. Include some warm layers as when you are tired after exertion you are more likely to become cold.
- There will be water stops along the track and also hot drinks, bananas and biscuits available after the race. It is advisable to pack some extra food in case you are hungry after the race, especially if you have a long drive home.
- A bag for your clothes
- This is one of the easiest things to forget. Your running clothes will be wet and mucky and not something you want to drive home with on the seat or floor of your car.
- Spare contact lenses / glasses
- If you wear daily disposable soft contact lenses, you will already know how easily these can get displaced or become irritated by splashes of mud and water. Bring a spare pair of lenses with you to switch to after the race or a pair of glasses just in case.
Please note, we have stewards positioned throughout the car park on the day so we ask that you please leave all valuables locked into your car. You then hand in your car keys to our staff at the registration desk who will keep them safe for you while you are out on the track.