And there we have it the Edgegames Adventure Race 2006 (venue) held early this morning. The race flagged off at 6am today with us spending the previous night over at the salvation army praise haven building to equipment check & preps. The 1st team is expected to arrive with 3hours of the 20km run/bike adventure event. Neither do we know that the Champion & the runner up finishing close to 2 1/2 hours. With my team being the latter. Yes finished at a time of 2hours 35mins with a 10mins penalty for having 2 checkpoints wrong for the orienteering checkpoints. The 1st team had an overal timing of 2hours 28mins with a 5mins penalty. Minus all the penalties I can say its a very close game with 2 minutes between us teams, not to mention us able to take 1st place (0pt penalty) if we actually found all the checkpoints in the orienteering station. We are unable to find the clues largely due to lack of info on the start of the find, just say we weren’t briefed properly on what to find.
The race was quite “our race”, not only beating the expected fastest in 3 hours expectation, the 3rd team in our category actually came much later, like a 30min interval I guess. Nevertheless, the race saw us through elements such as challenges like “swimming” thru the Singapore long-kang drain systems, passing through jungles & climbing rock faces/quarries besides the all usual navigation & biking team bialthlon.
Collected our Trophy from the Toa Payoh Sports Hall just today evening. Though 2nd place may not be too bad out of 20 over teams (60+ over people that is), we felt we can actually do better. Moreover, the 1st team actually consists of all members from our SAF Army Commando unit. Come to think about it, if my team can pull through with my teammates not even army training & yet finish just 2 minutes behind Commandos, man I guess we are actually quite good! Nevertheless the race was indeed very fun (& dirty muddy) for a first.
The adventure race spirit is definitely within us now. Let do better next year then, let us bring home The Golden Trophy next year in place of this year’s silver.