I have gotten a little behind on my blog writing in December – something about Christmas and New Year getting in the way, but either side of Christmas I also had my final two races of my year of challenges.
The penultimate race was the Judgement Day Team Challenge, where I had managed to convince some crazy people to join me in a team, to run a race accompanied by two tyres and two sandbags. A bit of an early start but we took the road trip to Bagshot to take on this challenge.
This race required a team of between 6 and 8 people, with a minimum of 3 of each gender for a mixed team. We originally had a team of 8 however illness caused one of our girls to drop out at the very last minuet leaving us in a team of 7 on the day. The race was going to be between 5 and 6 miles and as I have already mentioned each team was required to carry with them 2 tyres and 2 sandbags for the entire race, including over any obstacles. This would require team work as dropping any of these would cause the entire team to have to do burpees as a penalty.
We set off in the first wave, with our sandbags and tyres in tow, off onto what would be a rather hilly trail run. Lauren, Vince (who was carrying an injury) and I taking on most of the tyre carrying leaving the others to deal with the sandbags. We trotted along up some pretty evil hills, until we eventually hit the first wall.
With some teamwork I was the first up and over the wall, with Chris following me up and sitting on top, we then started passing tyres over, a couple more team members over the wall and we had the lighter of the two sandbags over, and with heave we also got the larger red bag up and over without dropping anything, and we were good to go again.
As we moved round the course we found ourselves splitting up a bit, as the heavy sandbag started to take it’s toll.
We came to a barbedwire crawl through the mud, where thankfully the rules about letting the sandbags touch the ground were suspended, we dragged our equipment through and carried on along the hilly trail.
As we continued the race we found ourselves navigating other walls, under and over, more crawls, splashing through water, and hills, hills, hills.
We gathered the team back together at the water stop, and continued on our run. Chris and Dom requiring special mention for taking on more of their fair share of the sandbag carrying.
We eventually came round to the final obstacle, an inverted wall just before the finish line. We rallied round, using the same tactics we had at the first wall, allowing the whole team to get across the wall without dropping any of the equipment and we were done – with no penalties!
Once finished we had some photos, and a chat before heading back home (with the traditional and super healthy stop of at McDonald’s on the way!)