December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
IT’S dubbed ‘the race from hell’ and with barb-wire mud crawls, ice-pit plunges, leaps through fire, spear throwing and 25ft cargo-net climbs, it’s not hard to see why.
But almost 5,000 runners descended on Carver Barracks on Sunday for the ‘Cambridge Sprint’ Spartan Race.
The Wimbish Army base, used as a training ground for the Royal Engineers, was transformed into a gruelling assault course designed to test the world’s toughest obstacle racers.
Set over 5km, the event tested racers to the limit, forcing them to grapple with military-style obstacles. Organisers dug 100-foot-long dark tunnels designed to “conquer claustrophobia” and racers were forced to wade through five-foot bramble bushes, waist-high mud and over savage terrain.
Richard Lee, the race director who hand-picked Carver Barracks for the event, hailed it as a huge success.
He said: “It was fantastic. We had a really good turnout and it was a very successful day.
“We have had fantastic feedback from participants. They loved the course.”
Named after the fearless Ancient Greek warriors, Spartan Race challenges entrants to “discover their inner warrior”. The 2013 season features seven races UK-wide.
Richard, former Royal Marine Commando, said obstacle racing is currently booming worldwide, attracting millions of runners and keep-fit enthusiasts, and his ultimate aim is to get it recognised as an Olympic event.
He added: “Spartan races are physical and tough. Our mission is to get people off their couches and back into the outdoors.
“If the race inspires people to just get out of their comfort zone for a day, or if it inspires lasting change, then we’ve done our job.”