Do you want to know what yesterday’s Darth Mannion Beach and Swamp Challenge was like? Hot off the press we have the experience of the DimExcuses runners – Team Bruvver.
Not afraid to do their own stunts, Team Bruvver is made up of my brothers Chris & Steve, joined by my brothers in law Matt & Jamie. Note my french bulldog Molly giving wise advice from the sidelines.
The Darth Mannion is a half marathon across Gower with several river runs and full sea submersions. Visit the official Darth Mannion site here, to learn more. I have almost 200 photos to sort through from the event and will posting these over the next week. Until then checkout the experiences of this brave few.
Here they are about 7 km into the race charging down the steep sand dune from Pennard Castle in Three Cliffs Valley.
Nice to see them running as a team. Taking careful steps on that steep decent.
Here you can see how epic that decent is with the mighty Three Cliffs Bay in the background.
The Darth Mannion is a sprawling Gower course, but I was only able to support the team at two locations, so once they had left Pennard Castle I shot over to Pwll Du to see them do the final river run. Jamie now leading the way, but the team very tight together.
The initial cold splash down!
All four runners making the frigid dip.
A mixture of grimaces and smiles. Mainly grimaces.
That Pwll Du section is a long hard river run (wade).
Chris (Dr Bidz) at this point making an unofficial toilet stop.
A brief hint of warm water for Steve.
I will be uploading more photos all this week and I have photos of most of the runners. All of our team made it home safe, and we are very proud of them. Dr Bidz has written a detailed blog of his road to the Darth that you can read here. Maybe it will inspire you to do it next year, DimExcuses.