UNTIL last summer I had no idea there was such a thing as ‘OCR’. I knew of friends doing Tough Mudder and the Wolf Run but I just thought they were some sort of extreme fun run.
All that changed when I was recovering from a football injury and was offered free entry to a Spartan race. ‘Why not,’ I thought, ‘I’ll give it a go’. And from that day I was hooked.
As I began researching this amazing event I’d just experienced, I discovered it is part of a movement called obstacle course racing (or ‘OCR’ for short). I say movement because it’s more than a sport, it’s more like a way of life.
It really was a whole new world, I was fascinated. It turns out there are hundreds of events in the UK each year and they all offer a different kind of race and a different kind of experience. But it took me hours to find the information I wanted as although it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, at the moment it’s still a minority sport.
A year on and as well as doing a dozen races, I’ve started this blog too. There will be race reviews, tips on training/nutrition and updates on any OCR news. Hopefully it’ll help other enthusiasts navigate the mad, muddy world of OCR and, who knows, maybe you’ll find it a little entertaining too. See you at the start line!