Tuff Enuff – Urban Survivor

Tuff Enuff

Having completed two Tuff Enuff events in 2015 I was excited to hear of a new event in my home town – even the thought of having a dip in the sea in the middle of February sounded “fun”!!! However, it didn’t quite match the experience of the other two and felt more like a run with a couple of obstacles thrown in (sorry!). Both Jacobs Ladder (111 steps!) and the pillow jump off the ramp were good additions to the standard Tuff Enuff arsenal but it seems like there was a lost opportunity to add a lot more activity  around Pendennis and the Hornworks. I was surprised that the first cargo net was at Gyllyngvase Beach in the final activity zone – rumours were that a number of obstacles were removed due to lack of marshals but it would have been easy to locate nets or hay bales near directional stewards in the moat. By the time we came through the sea element of the event had been cancelled (quite rightly as the currents were extremely strong) however, I had been under the impression that there was going to be an alternative water obstacle for those competitors that didn’t want to swim or if conditions were not suitable so I did feel robbed of the chance to get absolutely freezing cold (sounds mad I know). Being the first year I am sure the organisers have learnt a lot of lessons – it has such potential to be a really great race.

I would still recommend Tuff Enuff on their home courses at St Buryan  to anyone who would like an active challenge but for me to do another urban race I would need a few more guarantees that the promised obstacles and challenge would materialise.



Mousehole Lights

Mousehole Xmas Lights

After weeks of bad weather the Mousehole lights switch on had a perfect forecast and so we decided to check out the display and sing some carols at the same time (the only trouble was nearly 5,000 other people had the same idea!). It was too busy – the queues to get food were over an hour – you were squeezed in around the harbour and there were delays getting the lights switched on. So it wasn’t really the best experience however, the lights were impressive and it will certainly be worth a return journey in the future – we just might avoid the actual switch on!

Padstow Christmas Festival

padstow xmas festival

Food, markets, Christmas what isn’t there to love about that combination! I managed to get to the festival early and was lucky to get a seat to watch the amazing local boy Nathan Outlaw open the 8th Padstow Christmas Festival alongside the lovely Daphne Skinnard from BBC Cornwall (I would love her job she just seems to get invited to all the fun things). It was busy and the weather was rubbish but there was a lovely atmosphere and I would totally recommend a visit (but perhaps don’t do your shopping – the prices seemed more expensive than other markets selling the same products). Oh another thing – they empty the Chefs Theatre after every demonstration and you need a ticket to get in – just make sure you plan who you want to see before you get there.