Leg 6 – “They’re making me wear a helmet. That’s not good.”
The eight remaining teams are at the halfway point of the Race! And now it’s time for them to fly to the United Kingdom and London, England because… THE MARTIANS HAVE LANDED!!!
Teams can fly on one of three flights out of Reykjavik. The first flight on BMI Regional arrives at London Gatwick at 10:50am. There are then two flights on Icelandair arriving at either London Gatwick or London Heathrow, but both arriving at 11:45am.
Teams will need to hop into taxis to take them to the Martian landing site (according to H.G Wells’ War of the Worlds) in Woking where they will find the next clue next to the alien and its pod.
The clue tells teams they need to search the area to find a brand new 2016 Kia Sportage for them to drive on this Leg.
And the first location for them to drive to is Stonehenge. (More alien activity?!)
Here, they will find the Detour: Punt or Pub. For both Detours, teams will be driving to Oxford.
In Punt, teams must punt themselves on the River Cherwell around Magdalen College Island. One team member will propel the boat forward while the other must hold a small Union jack flag on the other end. Once they’ve made one complete lap, they’ll receive the next clue.
In Pub, teams will head to the Bear Inn and take part in a pub quiz. Joining one already in progress, teams must answer 5 trivia questions correctly. Then, they will pick up two pints of beer each and deliver them to the Old Kitchen Bar at Magdalen College to get their next clue.
Teams must now walk to the Double U-Turn board at Christ Church College.
They can then grab their next clue telling them to drive to Eastnor Castle.
As Eastnor Castle, teams must climb a ladder on an exterior wall while peasants taunt and pour dirty water on them. Once they climb the wall, they must retrieve a medieval flag and find a knight in shining armor on the grounds. The knight will give them their next clue.
And that clue reveals the Road Block: Who’s ready to go to battle?
In this Road Block, one team member will travel on horseback to a tournament area where they will use a giant slingshot to launch a watermelon towards a suit of armor standing 50 feet away. Once they knock the armor over, they will be given the next clue directing them to find the Pit Stop.
And the Pit Stop is just around the corner on the grounds of Eastnor Castle.
The first team to check-in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check-in here WILL be eliminated.
This should be a good, full Leg!
So the Woking Martian tripod is basically to allow for teams to fly into either Heathrow or Gatwick. I believe Gatwick is farther away, so the teams arriving in Heathrow may actually arrive in Woking just a little after, if not around the same time as the Gatwick teams.
That’s why the cars will be picked up in Woking instead of at the airports. And of course, to keep the mini-alien theme going, teams will definitely have to visit Stonehenge.
Lots of driving this Leg which could definitely up the drama possibilities. Oxford should be a great location for the Detour. Punt is of course from TAR25. And Pub should provide a good balance.
And back to my TAR17 appreciation tour, we can only hope someone gets a watermelon to the face. That’s why here, teams doing the Road Block will be wearing helmets so in the event of a faulty slingshot, they won’t get brain damage and sue TV5. =)
Best case scenario though, we get another viral video that boosts TARPH’s chances for survival and maybe even an International Emmy! Woohoo!