On the weekend of an August heatwave me and eight others were destined to do The Gauntlet Games. Although I would have done the 10km wave if others had been happy to we opted for the 5km version which due to the heat was a great plan. From starting our warm up at 11.15am right through to the final run of victory through the finishing posts at about 1.15pm the day was great.
We were raising money for Sane Mental Health charity who provide support and help to those suffering with mental health illnesses who feel that they have no one to talk to. We were running the event as a group in memory of a friend who had recently passed away and over the month prior had managed to raise £1500 for the charity! However the event was going to turn out I knew we were already all winners.
Looking at the event itself The Gauntlet Games has been going for a little while and they pride themselves on not being your average obstacle course run. There are no looming monkey bars like at most, few daring climbs over walls and nothing which was overly daunting. Instead they pride themselves on being a fun run and not a race, which for the nine of us going was what we wanted for the event. There was still plenty of mud and I actually ended up so caked in mud it was unreal!
This OCR is the perfect starting point for someone who isn’t quite sure what to expect and wants a taster, and i’m sure for most they lead on to bigger and more daring courses. I have just booked my next one for October and have a feeling that I am going to do another one in November too.