My experience in OCR started 3 years ago at Ratrace Dirty weekend 2013 and the Spartan Beast later that year. I found the more I did the more I enjoyed it plus I met some amazing friends along the way!
In 2014 my sister-in-law was sadly diagnosed with progressive MS. Wanting to do something to help, I decided to put my OCR running to good use and fundraise.
So training was hit hard and a Just Giving page was set up. 100% of my commitment was given to every single race, each one meant so much to me, every step, every kilometre and every medal. So a tough but very successful year ended with over £1,000 being raised. I also won 1st female at Avalanche run, 2nd at DOTT, 1st at Nettle Warrior and qualified for UK and Worlds championships. #ocraddicted.
For 2017, I have already booked a half Iron Man and obviously Bootneck Challenge. I think all us OCR addicts want something new and exciting to keep us on our toes, especially through the winter months and Bootneck Challenge comes at the perfect time of year. Not too boltic and not too late that you’ll be taking time off training over the winter months!!!
This is not going to be one to miss!!
I've always enjoyed keeping fit but my life changed forever after my first OCR in 2013; I could not stop laughing the whole way around! Since then I've tried to fit in as many muddy events as possible.
I am privileged to complete for the Team Obstacle Race Magazine with a great bunch of girls who all motivate and encourage each other.
You can keep up with our muddy goings on here: https://m.facebook.com/teamormladies/
Im really looking forward to being an Ambassador for Bootneck Challenge. See you in the mud!!!
I have been involved in OCR for around 4 years now starting off with the Wolf Run. I can now be found either taking part in a race or at the event stand for Runflex, happy to chat and give advice about races, clothing and designs. Team Runflex came about a year ago and a incorporates both elite and fun runners some of who you will have seen out and about.
This is your opportunity to be part of the Runflex Army and run under the Runflex team name.
I'm Mike, a Lead Coach with David Lloyd, I also run weekly Bootcamps and Circuit classes in Bexleyheath, Kent, in addition to the day job
I first came across OCR running in 2011 and being ex-military myself I instantly fell in love with it. My Bootcampers and I regularly partake in OCR as it’s a great team building activity. It really brings people together and helps people achieve things they believed they never could. I really can't wait to bring a team to the Bootneck challenge, especially as it’s been designed by Royal Marine Commandos, what a challenge
I'm Emma, I have been in the fitness industry for approx. 20 years, I now work as an independent Leisure Management Consultant. I found OCR in 2012 after being forced to give up hockey due to a knee injury, never did I think that I would be so addicted to anything other than hockey but I am and I LOVE it. Whether you run to compete, run for fun or run as a team, OCR has something for everyone regardless of your age, gender or fitness......who doesn't love to get muddy or climb and jump off obstacles?!
The OCR community are the friendliest, most encouraging group of people you will find so don't keep thinking about having a go, get yourself signed up, set your goal and start training.......the rest will be history
So where to begin, what has OCR done for me? Well I'm a wife, mum and 3 years ago weighed 19.5 stone. I was active as a youngster; swimming, cross country and horse riding were my passion and I was selected for the English school cross country championships. After 18 life changed and I went out more, partied and saw friends. Sports slowly drifted out of my life. After I got married and started my family, my weight just crept up and up and my active lifestyle was a memory. Then in 2013 my hubby went away on a 4-month military posting and I decided now was the time to take control. No quick fix diets, just a simple combination of eating healthy and starting to exercise.
In 12 months I had lost weight and was much fitter than I was before but I was lacking a goal. So me and a friend set ourselves one; to do an OCR at the end of 2014, We completed it…Just, but I came away with a sense of achievement and pride. I watched some of the elite runners and thought; this is what I want to do, so I trained harder though the winter and early 2015, I became hungry to race and to do well and to my amazement I won my first solo OCR. This Sport truly does except everyone weather you are there to have fun and complete a personal Goal or you are there to race to be the best YOU can be. OCR is what keeps me going, training hard and drives me to improve each time I race. This sport will continue to grow and thrive and in doing so it is allowing people of all ages to do the same, and to keep achieving things that they never thought were possible.
Hey I’m Desi, I have been taking part in OCRs for approximately 5 years from 5km to 25km. I love training at Crossfit Oakham to aid all elements of fitness which is why we are taking part in the Bootneck Challenge as a team. All the elements of an OCR aids helps a team develop not only physical skills but supporting each other with the mental challenges.
At present I am competing in Strongman and weightlifting events which helps with the strength based elements that the course will bring. I have recently trekked to Everest Base Camp where this picture comes from. Squatting our Sherpa as extra training.
A few years ago, a friend suggested I joined them on the 'Iron Run', that was my first taste of an OCR and I loved it! Fast forward to today and I have completed many races, including the infamous "Double Mucker" at the Rat Race.
The support I have received during my journey has been nothing short of amazing. All of this has brought me to competing in the UK Champs in Nov, something I would never have thought possible.
I want to inspire people in their own challenges as we all have to start somewhere, just like I did.
My first race was Survival of the Fittest back in 2012 – I absolutely loved it. The camaraderie of the event was amazing.
I’ve always kept reasonably fit but never enjoyed running. The great thing about OCR is that whatever the distance, it’s broken up by the ‘fun stuff’ (to me, anyway!).
So for the past few years I’ve done more functional training and Boot Camp style workouts alongside my usual gym sessions, which has helped enormously.
These events are about taking part and having fun, either individually or as a team, so get yourself signed up for the Bootneck Challenge now!!
I was introduced to OCR in 2011 and was immediately hooked to the buzz and great feeling of taking part and achieving something.
I now have my own business , B-fit boot camp based in Hampshire and Wiltshire , and love getting my clients signed up to these events. Not only does it form friendships , but it encourages team work and gives them all a sense of achievement and of course they have so much fun doing them that it proves my ethos '' fitness an be fun '' Who doesn't love climbing and rolling around , were all big kids at heart !!
Dont think twice about signing up to an event ( im calling it event not race .. because it doesn't have to be a race .. EVERYONE can take part and achieve something ) Honestly you'll live it and be hooked.. if your a boot camp GET INVOLVED .. It bonds your team , gives a real buzz on class, offers a goal to train for and provides a talking point on class for many months !!!
My 2017 OCR calendar is dedicated to ALL forces personnel past, present and future – and is especially for those who returned, but are never the same. I will be raising money and awareness for a selection of charities helping our veterans. PTSD is a cruel beast. But together, we are stronger. If we talk about PTSD, we are erasing the stigma, and hopefully helping more veterans as we go. To anyone reading this now who is fighting this invisible battle, I am doing this for YOU.
You are not alone, reach out and talk. Please, never give up.
I'm a 37 father of 5 my son loves ocr as well. He's 10 and has completed the 12k ram run. I'm a newly qualified personal
trainer and gym instructor. I run my own group fit classes and trail running classes I also help clients with cold water training. I first discovered ocr 3yrs ago when my mate roped me into doing a wolf run and since then I've been hooked best achievement so far is 1st at zombie zurvival 2 years in a row and 3rd at MSN. I've qualified for the ocr world champs 2 yrs in a row. Will be going this year 2017. I marshall a lot for the fun and helping everyone as it's not always about racing.
Hi. I'm Chelle "The wildling" I started OCR in 2016 and became hooked.
My first event was Airfield Anarchy epic weekend which I ran for the RAF benevolent fund. An amazing time was had and to top it off I came 9th overall. I went on to do more events and raised more money for, Royal Air Force association, BLESMA, Cancer research and EACH to name a few.
I have met some amazing people so far and there is so much support in the OCR community. My aim is to be happy and healthy and inspire others to do the same.
I'm supper happy to be an ambassador for Bootneck Challenge!! Let's get muddy!!!