Gamma Ray Run

I signed up for my second Virtual Run not long after my first one – within twenty-four hours actually. I was browsing through the POW! Virtual Running website and found some past medals in their merchandise section at £5 each and I couldn’t resist getting the Gamma Ray Run one, a medal of The Hulk looking all huge and menacing.

As this was a past medal, there was no background information to it or anything regarding race distances or charities supported. All I could find out was that it was leftover stock from 2016 and they wanted rid. A bargain in my eyes!

Gamma Ray Run 5km Route

The Route

As there was no race distance as such for this medal, I decided to run another 5km. I pretty much followed the same route as for my BB8 5km through Heaton Park and Jesmond Dene but to make it a bit more interesting, I tried to better my last race time. Thankfully, I was quicker but I bruised my foot in the process so have been limping around everywhere for the last few days!

The Statistics

Gamma Ray Run
Organiser POW! Virtual Running
Price £5.00
Distance 5.00km
Time Taken 00:29:39
Charity N/A
Donation £0.00

 

My Soundtrack

I didn’t plan a soundtrack for this run and just listened to whatever was on my phone – a mixture of Slash and The Stone Gods – it did the job but I’m going to have to put some new music on there for my next run!

The Medal

For completing this race (well, buying the medal), I got a green and black Incredible Hulk medal. The radiation sign is a nice addition too, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t encounter any on my run. I doubt I’ll ever be as ripped as the Hulk silhouette on the medal, even the jeans I wear aren’t as ripped as his!

Fancy buying this medal? Well, I’m afraid you can’t as they’ve sold out!

The Kessell Run (5km)

Kessell Run route CertificateI completed my second Star Wars related virtual run this week, courtesy of Race the Distance. After receiving their BB8 medal, I promptly entered their other Star Wars themed runs.

The plot for this virtual run pits you against the Kessel Run from the Star Wars universe and challenges you to run it in under 12 parsecs. As the recommended race distance for the medal was 5km, I was pretty sure I could! [1 parsec is about 31 trillion km, give or take a few cm].

The Route

Kessell Run route

I fancied a change of scenery from Jesmond Dene where I normally run, so visited Saltwell Park in Gateshead for this challenge. The park is lovely and holds a park run every Saturday which circles the pond / lake / body of water. It’s also on a hill. My partner came with me and we criss-crossed our way around the park until we hit 5km. We even stumbled across some Tyneside Rocks, pebbles which have been painted and scattered around Newcastle for the summer.

Saltwell Park 4

The Statistics

Kessell Run
Organiser Race the Distance
Price £12.99
Distance 5.00km
Time Taken 00:36:54
Charity Various
Donation £2.50

The Medal

For completing this race, I got a small replica model of the Millennium Falcon, as well as a certificate. Admittedly, the certificate has spelt the Kessel Run with two ‘l’s, but maybe that’s for copyright reasons. Being picky, Jedis didn’t need an apostrophe in it either, however, the medal is pretty sweet. It has quite a bit of detail on it, including the raised antenna.

 

Fancy running this one? Then click here to head on over to ‘Race the Distance’ and check out the details.

BB8 5k Virtual Run Challenge

BB8 5k Certificate

I signed up for my first Virtual Run last week, a 5km run with racethedistance.com. It was fun and pretty straight forward!

The back story (or run objective) for this medal was short and sweet, run the 5km before the First Order catch you and get their hands on the map to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts.

BB8 5k Route

The Route

I took it at a very steady pace and chose to jog my 5km through Heaton Park and Jesmond Dene in Newcastle. The route followed the stream and took in the Armstrong Bridge and some farm animals.

The Statistics

BB8 5k Virtual Run
Organiser Race the Distance
Price £12.99
Distance 5.03km
Time Taken 00:36:03
Charity Scope
Donation £5.00

The Medal

For completing this race, I got a large and colourful BB8 medal, as well as a certificate! I also got the warm glow of satisfaction that comes with every medal. They even gave me a discount code for my next purchase with them so I might head on over tonight and sign up for their other Star Wars themed runs.

Fancy running this one? Then click here to head on over to ‘race the distance’ and check out the details.