What happens when you throw 9 bloggers into Decathlon’s Surrey Quays store for a scavenger hunt?
The best fun in town to be had on a Wednesday night and an introduction to more sports than I ever thought possible.
I love Decathlon. It’s a great store and I’ve bought many gems over the years, including my fantastic trail running skirt. I also took part in the Belfast edition of their popular run series, which is a FREE, organised, timed race held at various Decathlon stores – they are keen to involve their local communities and inspire them to get out and have fun exercising. It was when we were in Belfast that Corey suggested that they should hold an in-store scavenger hunt – a brilliant idea!
If you’ve never visited Decathlon before, it’s worth a visit. And set aside a lot of time. They have over 20 in-house brands, catering for all kinds of sports; running, cycling, swimming, cricket, shooting, archery, karate…the list goes on and on. And with really affordable prices, you find yourself justifying the need of a kayak. Needless to say, it can be a little bit overwhelming to begin with so a scavenger hunt was a fantastic way to get to know the store and different brands.
We were randomly drawn into teams and I had so much fun with Corey and Marcus, who was my instagram idol and I can confirm is just as lovely in real life. We had an hour to complete a page full of questions and we had a great time hula hooping and running around the store. We even discovered that Marcus has a talent for juggling. Along the way, we learnt that Decathlon is a family owned brand and stores are opening world-wide. Our team may have come last, but it didn’t matter, we had so many giggles along the way.
A scavenger hunt was a great way to see the Surrey Quays store. I always considered myself to know it well, but I discovered that it stocked so much more than I previously thought. For example, I didn’t know that upstairs you could purchase shooting and archery equipment, it really does have everything. It’s also important to note that although the store can seem a little overwhelming to begin with, everything is actually ordered really well. For example, all the swimming equipment is in one place, located near other watersports. If you are a bit confused there is clear signage at the end of each aisle and the staff are only too happy to help. Testing out the equipment, eg lifting the kettle bells is also encouraged!
We finished off the hunt by posing “in tents” for photos. I have previously bought the odd piece of camping equipment from Decathlon for the Spitfire Scramble and I will be looking to do so again this year to make sure we’re as well equipped as possible. The prices are great and the bedding set I bought a couple of years back for camping has served me really well.
Finally, we had the opportunity to mingle over drinks whilst the scores were totted up and the winners announced. Although we didn’t win, I was pleased to be given a Quechua Arpenaz 20 backpack, stuffed with goodies including a Kalenji 500ml bottle belt, Quechua backpack, Domyos Fitball and a Nabaiji microfiber towel. The bag has been great as it’s the ideal size for a day in London when I’m being a super-commuter. Best of all, we were also given a £10 gift card, a great reason to go back shopping, right?!
I’ve previously described Decathlon as a treasure trove for the active enthusiast. This scavenger hunt just confirms it! Whatever your active pursuit, you’re bound to find it here…and end up leaving with a million things you didn’t know you needed.