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Do you have the fitness required for obstacle racing?

by Press Release
Friday 25th April 2014
Tags  Judgement Day   |   inov-8   |   Jon Albon   |   inov-8 OCR Team   |   Paul Hayward

Race news: inov-8’s UK number-one obstacle course racer Jon Albon is fired up for Judgement Day - April 26 & 27, 2014

Since previewing "Judgement Day" (HERE) four months ago, the event has gone from strength to strength by partnering with prolific brands such as Inov8and lifestyle magazine Men's Fitness and has completely sold out for the Saturday.

More importantly though, the event has managed to remain pretty much, bar the odd teaser from race director Mark, a secret. All we know is that it we face 10 miles with a number of unknown obstacles.

Social media has been exploding in excitement for this event (#ocrchat) and this event could, if it delivers, turn obstacle course racing on its head.

Here at Run247 we are pretty excited to say the least - our obstacle racing columnist Paul Hayward will be racing in the elite wave, testing out the official team kit supplied to the inov-8 OCR Team and asking Mark for a catch up on how the event went, aspirations for the future and his view on OCR going forward.

In the meantime I'll leave you with some words from Jon Albon, OCR's most decorated athlete (Readers may be interested to note that Jon achieved a PB at Virgin London Marathon of 2.32 and is already flying this year!): 

inov-8’s UK number-one obstacle course racer Jon Albon is fired up for Judgement Day - April 26 & 27, 2014

The UK’s number-one obstacle course racer has struck further fear into the hearts of his rivals ahead of Judgement Day by stating ‘I couldn’t be in better shape.’

Team inov-8 OCR member Jon Albon goes into this weekend’s highly anticipated event at Salisbury having already stacked up a monumental number of wins over the last 12 months.

A gruelling obstacle event like no other, the inaugural Judgement Day, of which inov-8 is the official footwear sponsor, will not only test competitors’ physical fitness but also their mental grit and ability to cope with the unknown. The event will be staged on a usually out-of-bounds live Ministry of Defence facility used by British Special Forces. Unlike most obstacle events and races, the course details have been kept strictly under wraps by the organiser.

All that is known is that the course is 10 miles in length, features both natural and man-made obstacles and has been designed by a senior fitness advisor for Sandhurst Military Academy.

With tall buildings, narrow alleys, tunnels and rubble-filled streets, the area resembles a town in the middle of war. The challenge facing competitors is to make it to the finish line.

Jon said: “Judgement Day looks like it will be a great event. The unknown aspect of it is getting a lot of people excited. We really have no idea what we will be facing. One thing is for sure, this event is going to be tough. I'm looking forward to the race and feel I couldn't be in better shape for it. I have managed to keep training, even when competing most weekends.

“I am feeling fast and smashed my road marathon PB two weeks ago down to 2:32. Final preparations have been made cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Norwegian mountains over the Easter break. There are a few contenders that will be vying for top honours in the elite wave, especially those on my own team. Ross Macdonald is continually up there pushing me and our newest member, James Appleton, will be making a massive impact.

“RPCC's Sam Cherry is one to watch and being a marine also has the advantage of training in the urban warfare village used in the race. I'm loving competing in OCR this year and generally feel it is not only one of the most challenging sports around but also the most fun. I love the fitness required for obstacle racing, with the best athletes being both good runners and strong. This means training can be exceptionally diverse, reducing risk of injury and being more interesting than continually doing the same things.

“To compete in OCR you have to be extremely adaptable, this means incorporating as many different types of exercise, movements or skills into your training as possible. The bulk of my training is made up of running, cycling, fitness classes, orienteering, bouldering and swimming but feel just about any exercise in moderation would be beneficial for OCR in some way.

“To train for obstacle racing you have to train for life, using your body how it evolved to be, so ultimately be as healthy as possible.”

A 25-year-old building surveyor working in London, Jon either runs or cycles the 18km commute everyday from Teddington.

He adds: “I used to play skater hockey, before taking up running aged about 20. I train hard and am forever trying to find my limits. This generally leads me to do more and more exercise every month with a different race to train for around every corner.

“I am starting to realise the biggest factor affecting performance or ability is psychological and a positive frame of mind is key to succeeding in any challenge. With that being said I have a massive amount to learn and look forward to trying some truly testing challenges. 

“Since forming earlier this year, Team inov-8 OCR has gone from strength to strength. It’s great to be part of a team made up of the best obstacle racers in the country, paving the way for a more competitive OCR scene in the UK.”

Jon will wear either inov-8’s x-talon 190 or x-talon 212 shoes, both super-lightweight and boasting insane grip, at Judgement Day, as well as kit from inov-8’s off-road running apparel range.

For more information on inov-8, visit: www.inov-8.com

For more information on Judgement Day, visit: www.judgement-day.co.uk


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