England, the origin country of my OCR team, my favorite obstacle racing country, so the 2016 UK Championship was something that I just HAD to do! Only British citizens could enter the elite and age group divisions, but the Journeyman division was open to all.
This weekend we did a double race weekend. Saturday the RAM run and Sunday the Spartan Race Beast Windsor. This was going to be my first ever Spartan Trifecta, so I was really excited! My knee got a bit worse overnight, but I felt up to it! We were on a tight schedule, having to return the car at 7 and fly home at 8, so we were happy to be able to start just before noon. At the starting area, we met up with two RAM friends volunteering there.
The weekend started with out with the Ram run. Well actually it started out with the OCR Community League warm-up. We traveled to the UK with 6 members of team RAM_nl to do both RAM and Spartan. Since the League finals where planned on Saturday and both the actual Ram run and Spartan Beast on Sunday, we decided to at least join the pre-finals fun run on Saturday at Ram and just see what amount of distance we could cover without risking not being able to run the Spartan on Sunday.
OCRTUBE continues to capture the action from Europe this spring with Arnel Banawa stopping at Nuclear Rush over the weekend for Nuclear Rush Weekend. The event hosted a 6-kilometer race with about 50 obstacles, a 12-Kilometer race with over 96 obstacles, and the Oblivion 48-Kilometer race with over 384 obstacles which was four laps on the 12K course. In addition to the adult races Nuclear also hosted an entertaining Kid's Race.
The famed Scandanavian obstacle series TOUGHEST headed to the United Kingdom for the first time over the weekend. OCRTUBE's Arnel Banawa took the trek across the pond to cover all the action including insights from OCR World Champion Jon Albon. The course offered over 40 obstacles on the 8K course set on rolling hills of the United Kingdom. Watch this heart pounding fast action video recap from OCRTUBE.
Scott Seefeldt of Mudstacle.com brings Mud Run Guide a monthly update on all the news and action coming from across the pond in the UK and Europe. Look for his column What's Happening in Europe monthly on Mud Run Guide.
Nervous chatter. Remember that? It’s the sound you heard when you walk into an OCR, and you’re surrounded by people who haven’t run many of them before. They see the obstacles, off in the distance, and wonder how they’ll do it. They hear the announcer pumping the next wave up and turn to their friends … “what the hell did you get me into?"
The Winter Warrior XRunner in Derbyshire, England was my first of two obstacle course races in the UK. I arrived prepped and ready to run the 10K obstacle race. The first thing that caught my attention was the amount of participants that were at this race, it was a very cold Saturday and the day before one of the premier OCR’s in the entire world in Tough Guy, yet Xrunner had a turnout of over three thousand racers.
Once I learned about Tough Guy, and it being the first and original obstacle course race ever created, I knew I had to go and do the winter race. I was originally going to stay at a hotel in town, but was invited to stay at Tough Guy HQ and Mr. Mouse’s home. I arrived on Thursday to give myself some time to recoup from the travel and time change. From the moment I arrived I was welcomed with open arms into the Mouse family home by both the Tough Guy staff and Mr. Mouse and his entire family.