Urban Revolution OCR Series makes a splash at MediaCity UK

The Urban Revolution OCR Series came to Salford Quays on July 14th as an army of volunteers helped to transform MediaCity UK into a gigantic obstacle course spanning both dry land and water too.

Adults could choose between gruelling 5km and 10km obstacle courses, while for younger participants, there was a 1km challenge, and every ticket sold included a donation to local good causes.

£1 of every ticket price was donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, while children’s tickets contributed £1 to the Key103 Cash for Kids appeal (which was recently renamed as Hits Radio Manchester Cash for Kids).

The 30 or more obstacles included several in the water of Salford Quays – a welcome chance to cool off for participants in the heat wave – while the event village provided refreshments for spectators too.

Take off and splash down

The huge Take Off slide was one of the main photo opportunities of the day, and proved to be one of the most fun obstacles too – perhaps because once at the top, participants could let gravity do the hard work.

Clear blue skies and beaming sunshine looked down as a steady stream of plucky contenders slid down, and then splashed down, into the cool waters that surround MediaCity UK.

If you were a participant don’t forget to check the event website to see if you are among the thousands of photographs taken on the day, which are available for free download.

Water slide

Ramp it up

Another of the course’s photo points were the quayside ramps, a literal cliffhanger moment with an overhang that participants had to haul their body weight over – if you’ve seen Ninja Warrior’s ‘Warped Wall’ you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Further ramps were fitted with ropes to help our weary warriors pull themselves to the top – and many were probably already thinking about the fully stocked bar in the event village by this point.

There was also some great teamwork on these obstacles, as participants took the time to help each other to the top of some of the trickier ramps, and hopefully one or two new friendships were forged in those challenging moments.

Want to take part?

The Urban Revolution OCR Series continues next year, see our website and twitter for more details coming soon!

You can either run 5km or 10km – you can decide on the day, as the standard ticket price covers you even if you opt to run the longer course, so it’s entirely down to how fit you feel.

Again, there’s a 1km course for kids, and a 5km race for teens, with ticket sales supporting the charities already mentioned above.

Haigh Woodland Park offers the chance to wallow your way through the course’s Mud Zone – so make sure you pack a change of clothes!

Bag Drop costs £2 if you’re attending alone or want your bag to be waiting for you at the finish line, and there are hot showers on-site, so you can clean up ready for your photo holding your shiny new finisher medal!

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