Sliding into the OCR
20 runners ran 10.0km in a race in Haringey.
- Saturday, 7th of September 2019
- Led by Chi Nwa
What a weekend it was! We had the biggest OCR group yet following the success of the Spartan Races. We managed to gather a big fun team that was full of life and ready for many of the challenges even though I know most did not trained for it.
We managed to adopt Serca who volunteered the day before by herself but quickly became acquainted with Alice, Jonathan and Kapil who invited her to run with us the following day. Now she is a believer of Goodgym after she told us she was afraid due to assuming we had a fitness criteria. We also had one of Callum’s friend join us as well as Rachel’s friend Gaia.
This was a 10 km course with 16 obstacles. The team took each challenge with a smile and bravery. The most challenging obstacles seemed to be the most fun one for some runners. Bouy Zone got attempted by all 17 of us but only 1 person made (It’s much tougher than it looks). Balancing on a plank of wood also seemed to be harder than expected (More core workouts will be needed after this). Our upper body strength was tested when it came to the 3 formidable. This Big tipper which was a yellow inflatable that would have the runners trying to jump over an awkward hump in the middle of this inflatable. This took quite a bit of grip strength. Up and Under had the runners trying to navigate over a pool of water with only some nets to hang on to. As you go over some nets you also have to go under some too. This was quite a technical challenge especially towards the end, but you can see that some people was not giving up, especially Alice who seemed to be hanging on for dear life. But team worked prevailed. The hanging tough was the one that people remembered from Gladiators and could do as a child but doing it as an adult is another story. Everyone tried it, not everyone made it but no got hurt. It was all smiles
Now the final obstacle was the travellator which was the finisher to our 10 km adventure. There were free speeds at an incline. 5mph, 4 mph, 3 mph and then reverse. We all tried to do the fastest one first, but it wasn’t to be for everyone. You can see many people have the ability to do it but there was a technique to trying to get onto the massive treadmill. With everyone making it to the top. We all took a triumphant dunk into the pool at the bottom of the slide. The end was insight and we did a triumphant GoodGym Chant to cross the finish line. As the day draws to an end, everyone seemed happy with the new people they have met, the challenges they took on and the support that they got. A big thank you and congratulations to everyone who turned up to Volunteer as well as Run. They day would not of been made without.
Welcome to the world of Obstacle course racing. Next one will either be the Spartan in October 5th and 6th or the Mordon rough Runner.
Report written by Chi Nwa