We’ve done a few road races over the last few years but have always wanted to do some kind of obstacle course one. So taking advantage of Frankie’s #30things we signed up for Gung-Ho, an inflatable obstacle course of 5km running around Heaton Park.
The weather wasn’t the greatest, typical April showers & patches of sun. The previous days had been quite wet so the ground under foot wasn’t the best, especially with the volume of foot traffic, some patches were a muddy bog!
The race had been running in waves since about 9am. We arrived at 12pm nice & early for our 12:45pm wave.
The start area was set up with the usual toilets (looked like they had come from a weekend festival with no toilet roll), the start obstacle & the usual over priced food & beverage trailers.
With an unorganised warm up we huddled together from the rain & hail waiting for our start. About 15-20mins late we were on the start line.
Up and over the 1st inflatable obstacle & we were off. Lots of laughs & falls but we got over it.
Anyway onto the next inflatable & we were hit by a mass of people, possible 200 queuing for the next obstacle which only allowed 2 people at a time on it. So we waited & waited & waited. With time ticking on & no sign of getting anywhere soon we decided to skip the obstacle.
On to the next little run section & to the next inflatable. This was the wall! Very hard to get over as nothing to hold onto at the top, but we managed it.
With a quick toilet break we headed to obstacle 4. Another long queue but we wanted to wait for this one. A longer obstacle, jumping over barriers, through a section with large handing balls & up and over a slide. About 30mins of waiting & we finally got our chance. The best obstacle so far! But look at the queue!
As the queues were so long & therefore added so much time onto what we would’ve thought to have been a 1-1:30hr 5km walk/shuffle we decided to skip some of the running sections. As the running ‘track’ was merely laid out with 1 single row of flat football cones it was easy to jump ahead from obstacle to obstacle rather than doing the full 5km course. We had plans later on that evening & had to be back by 4ish. Thinking that we had a 12:45pm start we thought we had plenty of time. Clearly not with the unorganised timing & queues.
We then went onto the next 3 obstacles which, as we skipped some of the run actually had no queues. Fun to be had here!
Onto the last obstacle & faced with yet another queue! There were 2 options here. Either the jump or the slide. We were told that the jump queue was about 30mins wait & the slide a 40min wait! My sister isn’t the best with heights & was nervous about going the slide. She stayed with us until the very end but then decided it wasn’t for her. She went to the side & asked the marshal aka Hitler if she could just walk around the side. She was told that she had to walk through the queue & out the back way which made her feel embarrassed & quite annoyed!
After 2hrs 9mins, 10 obstacles & £35 we finished a 5km run! When there are other obstacles courses out there with upwards of 15 obstacles for the same price & you get some bling (The Gauntlet Games 1 of many examples!) it seems that the Gung Ho is over priced, un-organised & lacking in finish pack bling!
Will we be doing Gung Ho again?? Gung No!