Welcome to the Bootneck Blog!

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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..

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Wittering Grange, Wansford, Peterborough PE8 6NR, United Kingdom

Grange Farm is conveniently located between the north Cambridgeshire villages of Wittering and Wansford, within easy reach of Peterborough, Leicester, Nottingham, Cambridge and London.

BOOTNECK CHALLENGE LOCATION

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Bootneck Bootcamp is the opportunity for you to partake in what we call "phys"! What differentiates us from other military units is that 99.99% of Commandos love working out and engaging in all forms of physical activity!

Whether you join us on one of our training days or subscribe to our video workouts, you’ll be sure to be "race fit" for the day to tackle your Bootneck Challenge.

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BOOTNECK BOOTCAMP

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How old do I have to be to enter?

Who should enter Bootneck Challenge?

What happens if the weather is bad?

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SUPPORTING ACTION FOR CHILDREN

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Action for Children works in local communities across the UK to make a real and lasting difference for disadvantaged children as they grow up. We make children’s lives better: now, tomorrow and every day.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER

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Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Bootneck Challenge.

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OBSTACLE COURSE RACING ASSOCIATION

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MISSION STATEMENT
OCRAUK is a Not for Profit Organisation set up in order to safeguard Obstacle Course Racing for all.

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MUDSTACLE

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MUD - OBSTACLES - RUNNING
Mudstacle are the hub of the UK's obstacle course racing and mud running community.

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My Sports and More Ltd will be at Bootneck challenge with a great range of footwear, clothing, nutrition and tech.

They are the only company to allow part exchange of your old sports watch towards a new Garmin so have a chat with them on the day.
In addition they will have with them action cameras for hire at just £30. That includes the camera, chest harness and the memory card in the price . So why not hire a camera to record all those muddy memories for just £30.

Check out My Sports and More on Facebook where you can message them and pre book the hire or visit the website at www.mysportsandmore.com

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MY SPORTS & MORE

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The HORSEBOX is coming...

Bootneck Challenge have secured the Horsebox to be at the event across the two days. So once you have finished your challenge you can get warmed up with a great Coffee and Toasted Sandwich!
These are the best toasties you will ever have!
www.thehorseboxuk.com

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GAINZ FITNESS

Bootneck Challenge have partnered up with Gainz Fitness. Along with the Male and Female Winners on both days getting a gift from Gainz, they will also have a stand at the event so you can pick up some awesome Fitness clothing, take a look at their site
www.gainzfitness.co.uk

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