Urban Assault 2013

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, November 10, 2013

We woke up early on the morning of the urban assault and got changed into our alter egos for the day – Tai – Naomi the horse and myself Jeremy the jockey.

The urban assault is a 5km assault course around the city centre – making the most of the destruction the city has to offer, it was the first year they had run the event and we really weren’t sure what to expect, we called in to meet our other team mates on the way who were both dressed as Bookies and met our friend Mary too before heading off to the start line by the Cathedral Square.

There were around 500 others all waiting when we arrived and after a quick briefing session everyone was lead through a warm up routine – it was quite amusing seeing 500 people, some in  fancy dress, side step and star jump at the same time.

Before we knew it we were off and after just a few hundred metres came to our first obstacle - some tyres laid on the ground that we had to hop across, 2 of our team took a tumble on these and hobbled their way to the next one where they both realised they had actually really hurt themselves, eager to carry on though we waited in line to reach the next obstacle, a line
of three Utes  we had to crawl under– these are the only vehicle people seem to drive in Christchurch, in fact they are so popular there is a 16 week wait on them ! The next obstacle was some shipping containers, with the majority of shops and restaurants destroyed here people use
these as makeshift buildings, we had to climb up onto them and jump off onto a large padded bag – not so scary, until we looked down at the bag and saw someone was really injured lying waiting for paramedics after a bad fall! We made it over unscathed though and carried on through a number of other obstacles, jumping over hurdles, climbing over barriers, carrying sand bags and crawling over cars.

Some other friends of ours were following us around the course cheering us on and tai seemed to become the focus of some classic horse abuse hearing taunts such as oi mate why the long face or stop horsing around! Anyway after about 45 minutes we arrived at the finish line where tai picked me up onto his back and in true horse and jockey style carried be across the line!

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