Record numbers, of more than 20,000 spectators and racers from nearly 40 countries, converged on Bagshot near Windsor, South East England, as Spartan UK took place on the weekend of 6-7 October 2018.
Spartan Race, which hosts obstacle course racing events in 30 countries, ended its 2018 UK season at the weekend. The record numbers of those attending made this the biggest event Spartan has held during its seven-years of staging races in Britain.
Racers from across the UK have been joined by others from 37 countries who have flown in to take part, from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
There were three main types of Spartan races, a Sprint (5km+), a Super (12km+) and a Beast (22km+). Competitors had to wade through muddy bogs, scale slippery, 7-foot ramps, clamber up 25-foot-high cargo nets, lug 10kg sandbags up steep hills, climb 15-foot ropes, crawl under barbed wire on their tummies, then leap a ‘fire jump’ over blazing logs at the end.
Most Spartan fans complete the Sprint, Super and Beast across a year-long season, gaining the coveted Spartan ‘Trifecta’ medal covering all three races. But this weekend, some hardy enthusiasts completed the trio across the two days.
Sam Lansdale, General Manager of Spartan Race UK & Ireland, (available for interview), said: “Our Berkshire race weekend completes a very successful year for us. The popularity of Spartan Race events is growing internationally as well as in the UK. We began in Britain in 2012 and this weekend, our season finale at Windsor, is the biggest race weekend in our seven-year history.”
He added “A big part of our race is about community and pushing yourself to achieve something more than you think you can, It’s about re-setting your frame of reference, from wanting to sit on the couch all day long eating junk food to going outdoors for a 10-minute jog. That’s your initial step on the ladder to completing your first Spartan Sprint.
“We have mums, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and many others taking part, who are maybe just looking for a new fitness challenge. The Spartan Sprint is an accessible challenge. Even if you are overweight or if you have never run before, it’s something that anyone can do.”
Spartan hosts 250 races worldwide and has attracted more than 5 million runners in under 10 years. Latest statistics from the event organiser show that 40% of Spartan racers are now women.