As OCR edges towards becoming a sport we look at how to develop and refine the technical skills for such a multi-disciplined event. Coach Michael reveals one his top-secret training sessions that he uses for 2013 Spartan Race UK Champion Thomas Blanc in the lead up to The Nuts Challenge. Continue reading →
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 →
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:
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
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 →
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 →
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 has laid down the gauntlet with the UK’s finest OCR Spartan Race series. For the last 5 weeks every racer has tried to out race him. He has raced the arduous hills of the the Spartan London Sprint, the fast flats of the Spartan Cambridge Sprint, the technical course at the Spartan Yorkshire Sprint, and then the harshest of storms at the Spartan Edinburgh Sprint. Last weekend it all culminated in a double win at the Spartan Midlands Super on Saturday and then the Spartan Midlands Sprint on Sunday. Continue reading →