4 years ago I was fat, unfit and had a can't do attitude. I joined a new gym and slowly discovered I could do things I never thought possible.
I took up boxing and weightlifting and the fat melted away. A friend suggested x-runner as a challenge and I was hooked. Then I started doing a variety of OCR’s.
The team spirit I have encountered has been something I have never experienced anywhere else and I have made some amazing friends. In the last 12 months I have marshalled a number of events, trying to give something back to the ocr community.
So far this year I have completed Bootneck Challenge, Reaper, Muddy Furlong and Rat Race half mucker and have another 10 booked on the calender including Bootneck Challenge again in September, this time marshalling and then running.
Anything is possible if you put the effort in and try your very best, See you in the mud soon.
I'm Jo, this is my third year in this wild and wonderful world of OCRs. My partner signed me up for Nuclear Rush for my 30th birthday.
What a life changing experiencing running an OCR was. After that I was hooked and I've never looked back. Nothing can compare to the buzz you get when you cross / crawl / cry /over that finish line!! Over the years, I've played sports to a high level, but never have I felt the feeling of accomplishment, struggle, pain, and enjoyment, all at the same time as I do with this growing sport.
After a few races, Steeplechase, Spartan, Mucky races, Loki, Bear Grylls, I started doing pretty well with some age group wins, first female wins, and a couple overall wins too (including beating the blokes) I decided it was time to push myself and make the jump to compete in the Elite category. In my first elite race this year, I qualified for the world OCR champions 2017.
I took part in The Bootneck Challenge in February and thoroughly enjoyed it. Being an ex squaddie, I was really excited for this race and it certainly did not disappoint. A great mix of obstacles, challenging, a well thought out and organised course, with the added bonus of a good team behind the event.
Obstacle course racing is one of the best sporting things I have ever done and would tell anyone who hasn't tried it, that they are missing out. The Bootneck Challenge is up there with some quality races and if you haven't tried it then give it a go!
Back in October myself, along with around 40 others, signed up for Bootneck Challenge that was to be held on 18th February 2017 at Grange Farm in Wittering.
Now, I didn't really fully understand what the Bootneck Challenge entailed. I knew it was a 5km course and there were a few obstacles I'd need to over (or under), and I knew there was going to be mud and water on the course too ... For those of you that don't know, the Bootneck Challenge is a Marine Commando course which has been designed and put together by former Marines. Bootneck Challenge gives us civilians a taste of Commando life by becoming a Bootie for the day.
During the months and weeks prior to the event, I trained by running between 5km - 10km once or twice a week (where I live is pretty flat so no hill running for me!!), attending fit club twice a week and doing at home workouts 3-4 times a week which focused on full body-weight exercises (no equipment used).
As we got closer to the event, my excitement levels increased ... this I found very strange as I wasn't apprehensive or scared of the what would happen on the day of the event, or the fact that there was going to be a lot of mud there!! Now anyone that knows me, knows that I DON'T DO MUD!! I hate getting the slightest bit of mud on me, so this was going to be a real personal challenge for me, and one I needed to address head on!
On the Saturday morning, I was awake at 4am with excitement and eagerness. I had the biggest smile on my face before we even got the the event!!
I made sure to pack spare clothes and shoes for afterwards, because I knew I was going to be a little dirty ... I just didn't realise HOW dirty I was going to get!!
I met up with my fellow team mates, registered my place and got my Bootneck t-shirt and number ready to start. The others were all starting to get nervous and apprehensive, but I wasn't. I don't know why, but I was just full of excitement and wanted the get on and start the course!
We were called down to the start line 10 mins before our wave was due to start for a group warm up, then the buzzer sounded ... and we were off!! Our challenge had started with an uphill run followed by a steep downward hill, and run through a HUGE muddy puddle with a muddy hill to get up the other side. All this within the first few hundred yards. OMG!! What's the rest of the course going to be like I wondered ... with a HUGE grin on my face!!