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UK OCR Championship preview PART 3 - Race Preparations

by Editor
Wednesday 11th November 2015
Tags  OCR UK Championship   |   OCRA   |   Nuclear Races   |   Thomas Blanc
 
 

Race preview: Nuclear Races and OCRA UK are combining their efforts to put on the UK OCR Championships - November 14, 2015

Obstacle Course Racing, or “OCR” as it is affectionately known, has come a long way since 1987 when Tough Guy held the first ever OCR in the hallowed Killing Fields. It is estimated that there are around 270 races this year alone, with a race taking place nearly every weekend of this year, and this number is increasing as the popularity of the sport grows and continues. 

This weekend marks a special moment in OCR, the UK’s first legitimate OCR Championships, held at the ever popular Nuclear Races in Essex (HERE). Over 500 competitors, qualifying from a host of races this year from the Reaper (HERE) to the Suffering (HERE), are set to race for the title of UK Champion or first in their age group.    

The build-teams from Nuclear Races and OCRA UK are combining to produce special obstacles, with influences from the World Championships such as “the Weaver” to Ninja Warrior and the “Nuclear Nunchucks”

Run247 sent contributor Thomas Blanc, known as the UK’s (and France’s) most technical obstacle course racer, to take a look at what competitors can expect to face at the Championships and how they can tackle these new obstacles.     .


PART 3: RACE PREPARATION

Setting up an OCR race is much harder than you think, particularly when you are hosting a world championship!

As well as making sure the course is safe, the correct distance and clearly marked, it also requires obstacles that are challenging but not impossible that work in the order they appear in the race.

Here we get a bit of insight from obstacle builder Mark Leinster in what is involved and also how they test the course:

Race Preperation and Testing 

 

Course Preperation: Goodbye Nettles 

 

For more information on the event please visit :  

Nuclear Races

Nuclear Races

Website nuclear-races.co.uk
Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheNuclearRaces
Twitter twitter.com/TheNuclearRaces

OCRA

OCRA

Website ocrauk.org.uk
Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ocrauk/  

OCR UK Championship

OCR UK Championship

Website ocrauk.org.uk/uk-ocr-championship/

 

 

UK OCR Championship preview summery:

PART 1 - The Obstacles PART 1: The Obstacles - HERE
PART 2: THE COURSE PART 2: THE COURSE - HERE
PART 3: RACE PREPARATION PART 3: RACE PREPARATION - HERE
ART 4: ORGANISER'S INTERVIEW PART 4: ORGANISER'S INTERVIEW - HERE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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