Tribal Clash 2014 – The aftermath
September 24th, 2014
57N’s Tribal Clash team put in a solid effort in Devon recently, coming a respectable 80th out 124 teams.
The event included things like log lifting, atlas stones, swimming and running, and was a solid test of fitness and grit for our relatively inexperienced athletes.
Everyone gained a lot from the experience, and not only Chris Jenkins, Stacey Brown, Kirstin Hainey and Jack Calvert (our competitors). Another who benefitted was the box’s one man cheering army, Danaidh McCallum.
Danaidh gave up his time to travel down with the athletes and was always on hand to help wherever needed.
So selfless were his efforts, that we were unable to track down a picture of the man himself at the event – he was too busy getting snaps of everone else!
After the competition, we caught up with him to see what he picked up.
He said: ” It was amazing! Totally surreal, the people, the place, even the weather was perfect.
“Out of it, I got a better understanding of competitions and not just doing ones like the Open, since they don’t have the same atmosphere, but how to react with the crowd and other competitors all around.
“The whole scale of it all makes me want to get into competing a lot more. Not to mention all the new friends I made.”
The team took part in five events called Frantic, Squirmish, Eight Ball, the Cannibal Run and Slogger, with pretty consistent performances throughout.
Danaidh said: “They did really well. It was the team’s first competition so they had a lot of pressure on their shoulders which they dealt with too easily.
“They went down not knowing what to expect, but still took all the events in their stride.”
He also had some wise words on how our atheltes could improve their performance for next year as well as how others can get involved
He said: “Seems simple, but just more training with a similar kind of objects.
“The team really synced together and worked without any fuss so that definitely wasn’t a problem.
“57 North holds caveman classes on Wednesday nights, which makes use of a lot of unusual objects like logs, tyres, sleds and ropes etc. So that is perfect preparation for tribal clash.”
He continued: “I think it’s definitely important that the box keeps putting itself forward for events like this.
“For one thing it’s a load of fun, but also I think that, even though training can be a lot of fun, without training with a goal in mind such as a competition or an event, it can be easy to lose focus.
“So pushing yourself with the knowledge that you want to be the best you can be for your teammates as well as yourself can only increase results for everyone.”