Nuclear Races Special Ops Mission 1:Operation Darkness (Virtual 5km)

The day after the Hastings Half Marathon a group of 7 of us met up, after a RPCC training session, to take part in Nuclear Races Virtual 5km run. We could have picked any time in March to complete this run, but for some reason this was the only day we managed to get together, so with heavy and painful legs (at least on my part)  we gathered in the park just before 8pm with our head-torches at the ready to take a turn around the park.

The Brief

The mission was to run a 5k anywhere, in the dark, during March, taking on 5 obstacles of your own choosing on route. We had signed up on line and paid our £10’s to take part, which gets us a medal and buff through the post once we email in confirmation of completing the mission, the email to include a screen shot of your tracked run, and a picture on at least one of your chosen obstacles.

Our Run

We set out at a gentle jog and soon came across a fallen tree, which we gleefully clambered over – obstacle 1 completed.

Hanging around on a Tree
Hanging around on a Tree

This was quickly followed by a crawl under a tree trunk, obviously stopping to pose for a quick picture, after all, it was in the rules! – Obstacle 2 completed.

Under the tree.
Under the tree.

We then took a run and a short while later we came to one of the children’s play areas, where we climbed up onto a large fake log lined up and jumped off. Obstacle 3 – Completed.

Getting ready to jump
Getting ready to jump

We were having a fantastic time running in the dark, round the reservoirs towards the back end of the park, before finding a bridge over a slippery trickle of water, over the fence we jumped and then crawled under the bridge. Obstacle 4 – Completed.

Crawling under a bridge
Crawling under a bridge

We had another stretch of running back down into the main part of the park, when we came to another, deeper stream and bridge. We couldn’t resist hopping the railing and going in, followed by a clamber up a grassy bank on the other side which was an obstacle in itself. Obstacle 5 – Done.

Wading through a stream under another bridge
Wading through a stream under another bridge

We continued our run around our 5k route, and although we didn’t strictly need to do any more obstacles, when we came to a tall brick wall outside of a set of public toilets we couldn’t resist giving each other  a bunk up and climbing over it. Obstacle 6 – Done.

Me on top of the wall
Me on top of the wall

Following on from the wall we ran round the last stretch of the park, and heading back towards the cafe were we met. As we came to a second children’s play area we took the opportunity to clamber up onto the large climbing frame to get one last photo. Obstacle 7 – Done.

A selfie in the climbing frame
A selfie in the climbing frame

This just left us the last little stretch of running. We gave it a bit of a sprint up a little hill by the side of the play area, then cruised back to the cafe. We had covered the distance, messed around making up obstacles, had a bit of a recovery run following the Hastings Half and earned ourselves a bit of bling in the process whilst having a wonderful time.

5k Run in the Park, completed
5k Run in the Park, completed