5 More Podiums Places for TEAM Wild Forest Gym

5 podium wins for TEAM Wild Forest Gym

TEAM Wild Forest Gym is on a podium run. Adding to its fantastic Nuts Challenge wins the TEAM are hitting the top of the podium once again for the last 2 weekends.

1st Place Females Muddy Trials, Scotland 12k Louise Johnstone
1st Place Age Group (2nd place overall) Warrior Run 6k Caine Johnson
1st Place Age Group (4th place overall) Warrior Run 6k Mark Johnson
3rd Place Females Dirty Dozen 12k Toni Cupit
1st place Age Group Dirty Dozen 6k Mark Johnson

Race Reviews

Mark Johnson – Warrior Run

The race over all was good. Once into my stride was able to overtake 2 racers that had run past me on the long run. Great log carry and tyre lift plus eased through 2 sets of monkey bars. Was able to overtake strugglers on the rope climb. Was able to put into practice the hill climbing training on the steep hills. I had no problems with the cold water. All in all a great race and a great finish.

Caine Johnson – Warrior Run

Leading up to the race I had a lack of training due to illness. I managed to complete all obstacles without missing any and having to do push ups. It felt quite heavy on the biceps and quads due to the climbing/carrying and the hills/water and jumping. As a bit under the weather the water was a shock at first but easy to overcome; as was the lengthy runs and hills. I was also okay with some new obstacles like the staggered monkey bars and the tyre flip. All in all, it was a tough race for just 6km and was tough all the way through with no real rest, which was great.

Toni Cupit – Dirty Dozen

What a great race day. Was a flat course, with lots of running, in between deep trenches and riverbanks. Sheep dip was quite early on, and there were a couple of  river swims. The ground was a mix of hardened clay and thick, claggy clay, which was made interesting by a long tyre pull, then there was a log carrying section through woods along muddy tracks. Two sections that zapped your energy were the run/ wade through the river, and the BMX type track, before you headed on to the large obstacles. The obstacles were really sturdy and well-built, the marshalls were great, really encouraging and fun. The atmosphere in the village was brilliant, really friendly. Could have done with a changing area, but all good!The barbed wire crawls hurt so much! Lucky people on the Sunday when it turned to mud! Thanks to Doug Spence and his team for putting on a great event.

Louise Johnson – Muddy Trials

Great to be taking part in a local (Scotland) race.  Taking place on the Craufurdland Castle Estate in Kilmarnock, fantastic route, trail, water and mud to add to the mix.  Natural terrain obstacles are really working for me recently in terms of being challenged and putting up a challenge.  Fantastic people and support for each other!  Would highly recommend!

Ironically I wasn’t meant to have been racing as my energy had been zapped for 2 weeks leading up to the race and pretty much not been able to train. So decided to run it rather than race. Without the pressures of going out to win the race, I came into my stride and low and behold it was the best running I had ever done. All in all with my new running technique that I had been working on in TEAM training I not only finished but I won it, outright!

The Elites Battle It Out At Nuts Challenge

muddyrace.co.uk review
by Rob Foulkes at Muddyrace.co.uk
04 March 2014

This weekend saw the first of many muddy obstacle races in March with the Nuts Challenge catering for 2,600 mud hunger runners. As well as the much loved fun runners this was the first event this year that saw the Elite’s battle it out for top Nutter credentials.

The 28km offered the most feistiest of races with Team Inov-8 OCR putting forward their best racers in Jon Albon, Ross MacDonald and Claire Miller. Team RPCC brought the Sam Cherry and Ross Phelan who were seen across the Spartan events last year taking podium finishes. James Appleton, previous Tough Guy winner, also made an appearance after what seems to be a UK comeback after success last year at the Spartan World Championships finishing in 6th place. Continue reading

TEAM Wild Forest Gym selection for OCR Team UK (Formerly OCR Team GB)

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OCR Team UK (Formerly OCT Team GB) have invited TEAM Wild Forest Gym OCR athletes for selection to represent OCR Team UK at the OCR World Championship in the US on 25/26 October 2014.

Doug Spence Manager for OCR Team UK has gone out to the OCR community to find the best OCR racers to challenge the world teams at this years OCR World Championship which will see OCR racers from around the world converge together to present the best in OCR.

TEAM Wild Forest Gym OCR athlete selection invitations include:

OCR Team UK Head Coach Appointed

We are also pleased to announce that Head Coach Michael Cohen of TEAM Wild Forest Gym has been appointed as a OCR Team UK Head Coach Continue reading

Four podium wins at The Nuts Challenge

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FOUR PODIUM WINS for TEAM Wild Forest Gym with an awesome weekend racing at The Nuts Challenge.

  • 1st Place for Thomas Blanc in Mixed Nuts 01:54:20.
  • 1st Place for Caine Johnson (17yrs old) in More Nuts 00:57:57
  • 2nd Place for Mark Johnson in More Nuts 01:02:43
  • 2nd Place in age group 14-19 (overall 5th place) for Ross Cohen in More Nuts 01:07:28.
  • Commiserations to Louise Johnstone who was beaten by the cold and had to pull out on her 3rd lap of Tough Nuts. Continue reading

Contender: The Thomas Blanc profile and interview

Thomas Blanc obstacle racer


By Pete Rees at mudstacle.com 5 Novmeber 2013

Last but by no means least, the final male athlete in our pre-Beast “Contender Series” is the man who has dominated the 2013 UK Spartan Race season. He needs very little introduction, so let’s get straight down to it. We are very happy to introduce the Flying Frenchman, Mr Thomas Blanc…

Name: Thomas Blanc

Age: 23

Height: 168cm (5’6″)

Weight: 62kg (9.8 stone)

Occupation: Retail manager & Student

Home town: Grenoble, France

Manager & Coach: Michael Cohen of TEAM Wild Forest Gym

Racing Team: TEAM Wild Forest Gym

On a scale of 1 to 10, how competitive would you say you are? 9

Hardest challenge to date: World Toughest Mudder 2012, 50miles+ in 24h though obstacles, night and freezing water. Continue reading

Sponsorship Applications

sponsorship opportunity

We are just submitting sponsorship with international brands whom are interested in sponsoring OCR’rs. Application is open to TEAM Wild Forest Gym OCR athletes who are regularly placed on the podium. Have you applied yet?

We are on deadline with some sponsors so please contact head coach Michael asap.

Not joined TEAM Wild Forest Gym! Continue reading

New TEAM Wild Forest Gym Training Venues

obstacle course

Somewhat closer than this training camp in Afghanistan 😉

We have some great news to report. We have now secured two additional awesome training venues!

Hills, Hills and Hills – We have found the most incredible hills to get you race ready. To say they are steep, rugged and perfect for OCR training is no understatement. This terrain is optimum for your training schedule for Anaerobic Endurance Training. Continue reading

Cambridge News – Thomas Blanc wins Spartan Race Cambridge Sprint

Spears, fire and ice pits – but thousands overcome almighty challenge at Cambridge Spartan Race

Written byELEANOR BUSBY at Cambridge News

  • 01/09/13 . Cambridge Spartan Sprint . Pictured is winner and Spartun Uk champion Thomas Blanc .Picture By Duncan Lamont
01/09/13 . Cambridge Spartan Sprint . Pictured is winner and Spartun Uk champion Thomas Blanc .Picture By Duncan Lamont

Throwing spears, leaping through fire and plunging into ice pits isn’t your average Sunday morning.

But 5,000 sports enthusiasts and cross-country runners decided to do something more challenging at the Cambridge Spartan Race.

The gruelling 5km (3-mile) assault course designed to test the world’s toughest obstacle racers was held at the Carver Barracks in Debden.

The obstacle race tested racers’ physical stamina and mental toughness to the limit, forcing them to grapple with fearsome, military-style obstacles including barbed-wire mud crawls, ice-pit plunges and 25ft cargo-net climbs. Continue reading

Mudstacle.com – Thomas Blanc wins Spartan Race London Sprint

London Spartan Sprint review – kicking off the 2013 season in style

Mudstacle.com  August 26, 2013

Spartan gladiators

This year’s UK Spartan Race season has felt like it’s been a long time coming and their return has been shrouded by nervous anticipation, for me at least. If I’m going to be honest, I think this weekend’s London Sprint was make-or-break for the Spartan team, if they ever wanted to truly establish a dominant position in the UK obstacle course race market. There are so many other players out there, big and small, it was time for Spartan to reach their potential. Well, I am very pleased to tell you, this weekend’s Sprint massively exceeded my expectations. Many congratulations to the team… and welcome to the UK!

I’ll share my thoughts below but to set the scene, here’s our video edit: Continue reading

Thomas Blanc is Midlands Champion

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