Rock Solid Race 2016 at Escot Park

Now in it’s glorius 4th year, the South West’s muddiest weekend returned to the stunning setting of Escot park near Ottery St Mary. Blessed by a relatively rain-free two days, thousands of fool hardy racegoers competed in teams to finish either a 5, 10, or 15k course featuring fearsome obstacles and challening trail runs.

Due to the incredibly demanding ground conditions, obstacle locations, and topography the event requires a herculean effort from the build crew, contractors, and organisers. dB productions delivered generator and distribution managent over a huge area, supplying power for certain unique aspects of the race. To faciliate the extremely popular hydroslide, our installed 75kVA set worked alongside a pump to push over 4200L of river water per minute up a steep hill to the head of the slide. Amazingly, the generator performed to such an extent that just one litre of diesel was consumed for every 42,000 litres of water moved. The result was smiling faces on race contestents, who made a fantastic effort to pull all manor of poses as they slid into the murkey waters of Boathouse lake. Installing this generator involved a complex fork-lift operation down an unmade track – requiring some skilled telehandler operating.

Over two miles away, in the depths of Larkbeare Wood, we subsequently towed one of our smallest generator sets into a hidden position behind a bird-hide. Perhaps the most important supply on-site, this unit powered a UHF radio repeater that extended the range of the event’s handheld radio network. This network was an invaluable tool for the dedicated stewarding and safety teams, who’s eagle eyed observation and communciation ensured race-goers were kept safe and healthy – albeit covered in mud.

Finally, not forgetting the celebratory atmosphere in the Event Village, we installed multiple sets to power PA systems, bars, and lighting. Racers were event treated to hot showers!