Running in November weather - The inflatable 5k santa run
7.30am alarm going off, snuggly and warm in bed, motivation to get up and go outside was minimal.
Once I finally got myself to get out of bed and ready for the event (after having a mishap with finding a Christmas outfit and getting glitter in my eye), I had a coffee, a banana, and made a travel mug of peppermint tea to have on the car journey over.
In Brighton after searching through a sea of Santa suits and fake beards. I managed to find my gym family from Crossfit Corinthian all looking fabulous in their fancy dress.
We had a 10am start time, we all had a bit of a warm up before hand to get us ready for the inflatable run - and then GO - we're off. We quickly came to the first obstacle which was an inflatable incline which you had to climb up, holding onto a rope, over the top and slide down the other side. With about 100 people in our starting wave the volume of people did mean there was some queuing but I was really enjoying the experience so far and in high spirits!
Having a good old giggle the Corinthian family started on our first bit of running, a nice plod for me as I'm not the most confident of runners. With the cold November air starting to warm, I realised I had made a bad decision in my choice of clothing by the time we had got to the next obstacle as I was getting hot.
Running along Brighton racecourse was a bit bumpier than I expected as we weren't running along the horses race track, and with over 1km between the inflatables, there was much more running than inflatable fun, and I was a little disappointed to be honest when a couple of them weren't working, so we had to carry on jogging past.
Over half way through...
Snacks and drinks were supplied by High5 nutrition half way through to provide some welcome relief before we had a climb up the big hill in the warm morning sunshine. We weren't racing, so we did spend some time trying to get Facebook livestream working for our gym, on another inflatable which required really long legs or enough guts to throw yourself over the inflatable wall!!
Slowly plodding along and nearly 45 minutes in to the event, we approached the last 2 inflatables which were the closest thing to total wipeout obstacles I've seen.
Sadly the final obstacle was again a bit of a disappointment as it was a hill which you climbed up and then from the top platform, about 20ft in the air, you had a leap of faith onto a crash mat. The height was actually quite scary, but it caused problems as once you got to to the jump point, for people who aren't fond of heights they didn't have any alternative option to finish the race. This meant there was a big queue of people and it took about 10 minutes to get down... you were either stuck in a queue because some people (understandably) took time trying to find the courage to jump or if you missed the inflatable entirely you were waiting for your group to finish all the while cooling down from running.
I did make the leap, screaming loudly on the way down, and once our whole group had reconvened, we crossed the finish line together and celebrated with a Corinthian group photo, t-shirt and medal, and free milkshakes to quench everyone's thirst.
Summing up the event:
Great fun as a group - but a bit disappointing with a couple of the inflatables not working and the last obstacle took too long.
I'd still recommend this as an event to tick off :-)
Overall Score: 7 out of 10
Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes