Shaun Wilde is the latest addition to the British Military Fitness Race Team, and having finished in 3rd place (1st in his category) at the Major Series Scotland, the Major caught up with him at the finish line to find out more about his race:
THE MAJOR: How did you feel about the Major Series Scotland before you arrived?
SHAUN: I had already run a Major series race earlier this year (The Major Series South in Tunbridge Wells) so I had a fair idea about the format. I knew this terrain would be a little bit more testing than other courses I’ve run and has not disappointed! Plus we have this great weather too!
THE MAJOR: Did you recognise anyone in the first wave who you knew would be fighting you for the win?
SHAUN: Yes, there was one particular guy who competes in the UK OCR league but I wasn’t sure about his form. He is much younger so I knew he would probably push me. We shared the lead for the first half of the race but I think the mud and this heat got to him during the second half so I managed to pull away and create a good lead
THE MAJOR: How did you feel during the race?
SHAUN: I had a very good race considering I’ve been out for 6 weeks having hurt my shoulder at Toughest London. The main challenge today was the heat as it has been the hottest race of my season so far.
THE MAJOR: As a competitive racer, were you pleased with our course this year?
SHAUN: Yes I think The Major Series is great for all levels of racer and a great chance for the elites to focus on the trail speed rather than technical obstacles.
THE MAJOR: How have you found the atmosphere around the course and here in the Event Village?
SHAUN: The event village is great and the whole crew have been so friendly and helpful; both in the village and around the course. I especially loved the motivational ‘military style’ music on loudspeakers strategically placed around the course!
THE MAJOR: What do you think differentiates the Major Series from other OCR races?
SHAUN: There is a general push in OCR to make the obstacles technically and physically difficult, and to sometimes to have longer courses. The Major Series and BMF is all about making sure that all levels can compete and have fun. I also think that this makes the races safe and therefore have a wide appeal.
THE MAJOR: How do you feel about the Major Series being part of the UK OCR League?
SHAUN: This works really well because in one season you can get yourself fit with British Military Fitness, try a 5k race to start with, and then do 3 x 10k Major Series races to score points to then get your league position. There are also league categories for under 40’s, over 40’s, male and female. Plus, there is now a new team league, so you compete as ‘Team BMF‘ too.
THE MAJOR: And finally, what 3 words would you use to describe the Major Series Scotland?
SHAUN: Hot – Fun – Friendly
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