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Check back regularly for all the latest Bootneck Challenge news!
This is the best place to find out about new events, perilous new obstacles, all the latest Bootneck Bootcamp training videos and the continuing adventures of Bootie the Monkey.
You may also see the odd fot while enjoying the tales of a battle hardened Bootneck who really knows how to spin a dit.
A few observations about the OCR world
1. Beards….lots and lots of beards. Oh yes, a bit of ‘facial artiness’ to show the world you are a serious mud ninja!
2. Leave your ego in the changing bag. This is essential. All OCR eventers are in it together right from the word go.
3. The right equipment….Woolworth’s green flash trainers aint gonna cut it, nor will cotton t-shirts that have seen better days.
4. Scrapes and bruises. It’s gonna happen, think of them like badges of honour and effort ….. Think of all the stories you can tell people on Monday who just sat and watched TV all weekend! Pain…its only weakness leaving the body.
What to wear at a Bootneck Challenge event
So do I wear a tutu, super hero or Viking outfit?....Shall I tie my hair up or do I hold it back with a head band ?…..Do I shave and sculpt my beard or shall I leave it and look like a bearded muddy warrior? These are all valid and important questions. HOWEVER, before the important stuff you must consider your basic running gear to keep you safe and in the race.
We recommend you start from the bottom up! Trainers, they are the most important purchase you will make. According to a comprehensive obstacle course racing UK industry report, commissioned by Mudstacle and Eventbrite, trail training shoes are the most important purchase. Prices range from reasonably priced to the cost of a small countries national debt. Our recommendation is to use common sense. This is an important purchase. Do your homework on this one guys…..oh and double tie your laces. Don’t want to lose one in the mud.
Why run in Bootneck challenge for charity
OCR events are a hoofing challenge in itself, but why should you consider running for charity. Matt Doherty, Director of Bootneck Challenge argues why he think everyone should consider using the events charity of choice.
“Firstly it is a really rewarding experience and not only do you help the charity you have signed up for but you can actually save them money. Consider this, Charities generally have to purchase their places from the event that you are entering. But the OCR world is different; generally there would be a charity of choice for each event. They usually are a local charity or a national one with a local project. We have done our homework on this issue and I want to eliminate the quandary of what charity do I support? The great thing about this is, what you raise will be largely profit, with only a small amount being used for admin costs. You can of course make your own choice but Bootneck Challenge has chosen Action For Children as our charity of choice as it has a national identity but a invests in local issues in addition if you run for this charity we will give you 15% off of your ticket price!
More about Bootneck Challenge
Bootneck challenge strikes the perfect balance between physical endurance and fun. Participating in a Bootneck Challenge will be the most fun filled ass kicking of your life!
The course has been planned by our evil ex Physical Training instructors to use the most of the beautiful equestrian grounds of the Grange Farm Estate in Peterborough. With its rugged terrain and long sweeping runs No cuff to tuff will challenge even the toughest of competitors.
Why was Bootneck Challenge created?
I love physical exercise in all its shapes and forms. I’ve passed the Royal Marine Commando course, I was a highly competitive Judo player for many years and I’ve taken part in loads of marathons and and OCR events. I am a “phys” monster!!
However, the endurance course at Lympstone was by far the best part of the training for me. It was the one bit which made me feel like a true Commando. The course was constructed over fierce terrain and included many of the elements of an OCR event. To complete it encompassed all the different facets of being a Commando; endurance, self-belief, driving yourself beyond your limits and not giving up. On the course I had to think about negotiating obstacles in such a way as to keep my weapon clean, my mind focused and my body intact. I loved it!
Meet the Bootneck Challenge Team
Who are the people behind Bootneck Challenge?
Meet Matthew and Zoe.
Find out why they created Bootneck Challenge, where they are from and what they are in to. Get an insight into their backgrounds, loves, likes and hectic family life.
Warning: Cheesey 80's music and parent based humour ahead..