Like most events that we do and especially the ones that we have never done before, there is always the anticipation on what we will be doing (4 hours in the dark), all we knew was that we needed torches and our water packs. The first was always trying to find our way, especially when we haven't been there before and it was being held somewhere in Mt Erica. It was an absolutely amazing location and a perfect spot for an event like this.
It all kicked off with some introductions with group intro activities, and shaking hands with someone you haven't met, it then moved onto hugs (hug the person you just met like they're an old friend). It was a really great way to get everyone together and to break the ice.
We were then put into teams of 9 or 10, we were team Charlie or the Red Team, each team was allocated four 25kg sand bags in which there were a couple of rules:
- you were never allowed to leave your sandbag
- your sandbags must never touch the floor for the whole night ;)
A couple of warmups in, we started with 50 step ups each, and then moved onto the bear crawls, then were wrapped together in glad wrap for a team race. After this, the team leader had to roll the dice to determine the fate of the team. We were lucky and received 20 burpees and while we performing these burpees, another team unfortunately rolled to take a sandbag from another team until the next fate check point, we were the lucky team)...
We then had a trek through the ranges, up a massively steep hill, of course during this time, there were 10 ribbons located around the trek in which we had to spot and collect (sounds easy in theory, but remember its pitch black except for our head torches). It was getting to the stage were we thought we missed a few, but we started to find them along the way (we did miss the best one (the one that had the protein balls included), but not to worry.
The team were in good spirits, having come first in the steps ups and third in the team run, our points were in quite a good position. After the trek, we came to another check point, in which we got our sandbag back and rolled to speak in a Indian accent (actually quite difficult, but a lot of fun). The exercise had to come eventually, with the planks, jump and crawls team tasks, a run around the parkland with the sandbag, we then moved onto the next section which consisted of 8 rounds of the following:
Tabata, 8 sets, 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest
- Dynamic Lunges
Due to time restraints we had to miss the plank and pushup rounds. We did roll the dice, in which this time we had to sing - which was interesting since we could definitely not sing.
The last task, in which determined the winning team. For an additional 50 points, we had to go through the ;ale. For our team, there was no question that we were doing it. We were first and received an additional 10 bonus points for being the first team to go through.
Our final task was not to lose our ribbons, while the zombies chased us and through water balloons.
It was an amazing and fun night, and definitely looking forward to the next one.