British OCR Championships 2024

The 2024 British OCR Classic Course Championships will be hosted by Spartan and will take place on Saturday, June 29th, during the Midlands Trifecta Weekend at Belvoir Castle near Grantham. The race will also be the fourth race in the 2024 UKOCR Series and the UK leg of the OCR World Series. It will again allow adaptive athletes to compete in their own para division.

The holding of a national championship is important for OCR in the UK, and in partnership with Spartan, we look forward to welcoming athletes to undertake a true test of obstacle racing ability. New for 2024, we will also include the British OCR Junior Championships and run an international competitive wave on the same day. The senior adult championship will also include team awards based on the fastest five athletes (with a 60:40 gender ratio).

The course will challenge you to a 12K+ distance set against the stunning backdrop of Belvoir Castle and be run under classic OCR rules with 25+ obstacles to tackle. In 2023, British Obstacle Sports was able to include five additional obstacles on the course, including the Toroz rig and Tough Mudder’s Just The Tip. While the course will be familiar to those who have taken part in Spartan before, you can expect to see a number of surprises on the course.

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Race Weekend Timings

  • 7:30am: Elite start (Elite Men, followed by Elite Women)
  • 7:40am: Age Group Men (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39)
  • 7:50am: Age Group Men (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+)
  • 8:00am: Age Group Women
  • 8:05am: Competitive Para Wave
  • 8:10am: International Competitive Wave
  • 8:15am: Non-Competitive 12K+ Open Wave
  • 10:45am: 10-11 3K British OCR Junior Championships
  • 10:50am: 10-11 3K British OCR Junior Championships
  • 12:30pm: 14-17 5K+ British OCR Junior Championships
  • 2:30pm: Podium Ceremonies (all)

Note that these timings are subject to change.

 

 

How can I compete?

Para Qualification

There are no race result qualification requirements.

All athletes with an impairment are able to compete at the British Para OCR Championships. Only athletes with a classifiable disability are able to compete for podium awards. Details of the classification criteria can be seen here. You will also need to be a British Obstacle Sports member.

Please refer to our FAQs for further information about the British Para OCR Championships.

Open Qualification

There is no qualification requirements for the Open wave at the British OCR Championships beyond being a member of British Obstacle Sports. The open wave is a fun wave with no enforcement of race rules (other than for the safety of you and other participants). All obstacle penalties are optional. Open wavers enjoy the same course and finish line bling as the competitive athletes!

This said, if you are competitive, the Age Group wave is for you. This is open to all regardless of ability. The only difference is that obstacle penalties are enforced. Penalty loops must be completed as an age group competitor.

Competitive/Age Group Qualification (National)

There are no qualification requirements beyond being a member of British Obstacle Sports for the Age Group British OCR Champs and being a British resident or citizen. You should sign up to the British OCR Championships competitive wave when registering. No further action will be required, and you will be allocated to your age groups. These are 18-24, then 5 year increments up to 60 years old plus.

Athletes will also rank in the OCR World Series with their times combined with the elite and international competitive waves.

Competitive (International)

New for 2024 we will have a competitive wave for international athletes

There are no qualification requirements beyond being a member of British Obstacle Sports or your own national federation. There will be an overall male and female podium. The wave will start after the competitive waves for British citizens and residents.

Athletes will also rank in the OCR World Series with their times combined with the competitive British citizen and resident competitive waves.

Competitive Elite Qualification

Athlete who qualify as elite must be a British resident or citizen and a British Obstacle Sports member. You should sign up to the British OCR Championships competitive wave when registering. Athletes will also rank in the OCR World Series with their times combined with competitive age group and international competitive waves.

Event Distance Date Location Result
British OCR Championships 2023 12K 8th October East Sussex Top 10 Elite
British OCR Championships 2023 12K 8th October East Sussex Top 3 Elite Masters
British OCR Championships 2023 12K 8th October East Sussex Winner of each AG
UKOCR Series 2023 UK Top 10 overall
UKOCR Series 2023 UK Top 3 Masters
Winter MacTuff 15K 7th January Fife Top 3
Winter Nuts One lap 2nd March Surrey Top 3
Tartan Warrior 8K 24th March Ayrshire Top 5
Born Survivor 10K 27th April Cheshire Top 5
Spartan Beast 21K 11th May Oxfordshire Top 10
Spartan Super 10K 12th May Oxfordshire Top 5
Nuclear Challenge Cup / National Trials 12K 12th May Essex Top 10
Mud Monsters 7K 22nd June Sussex Winner
UKOCR Series (After Race 3) 2024 UK Top 20 overall
UKOCR Series (After Race 3) 2024 UK Top 5 Masters

British OCR Junior Championships

For the first time we will hold our under 18 championships on the same day as the adult one with competitive waves from 10-17 years old. Please visit our British OCR Junior Championships page for further details.

FAQs

The British OCR Championships is open to all British Obstacle Sports members who are either UK residents or British citizens. Those travelling from overseas who are not British citizens will be able to compete competitively in our international competitive wave or race in the non-competitive open wave.

Yes you will be need to be a full adult or under 18 member or a member of another national federation if you race in the international competitive wave. Membership is a fundamental part of our sport and helps the federation to grow and achieve official recognition from the UK Sports Councils.

Yes, you must qualify or be given a wildcard entry to the Elite National Championships per the listed qualification criteria (Note British Obstacle Sports reserves the right to add additional qualification events). Although, please note that British Obstacle Sports reserves the right to start all competitive athletes at the same time with elite status giving athletes front of the corral status.

It is the athlete’s responsibility to enter the Championships prior to the closing date. There is only one registration option for competitive waves with a separate registration wave for adaptive athletes, competitive international athletes, and non-competitive (open) athletes.

The name with which they have entered should match any results being considered for Elite Qualification – they should contact British Obstacle Sports if there is an error or update in this regard.

Up to five Wildcard entries to the British OCR Championships Elite race for each gender may be awarded by the British Obstacle Sports Selection Committee prior to the Championships. These are not guaranteed and athletes looking to secure a Wildcard entry should contact British Obstacle Sports at least 7 days prior to the event.

Yes, there will be prize money for the top 3 male and female elite winners (£500 1st prize, £250 2nd prize, £100 3rd prize) and there will be podium medals for all age groups.

There will be a podium medal award for the top three overall para athletes in both male and female categories. In the event that more than three athletes are competing in the same impairment, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented.

18-24*, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+

* Athletes must be 18+ on the day of the event to take part in the British OCR Championships. Those between 14-17 years old may submit an application to race. We also have a British OCR Junior Championships on the same day with competitive age groups from 10-17 years old. Athletes are not permitted to race in both championships.

Athletes must be 18+ on the day of the event to take part in the British OCR Championships. Those between 14-17 years old may submit an application to race. We also have a British OCR Junior Championships on the same day with competitive age groups from 10-17 years old. Athletes are not permitted to race in both championships.

There is no age group qualification requirement.

British Obstacle Sports will be able to use both the terrain and obstacles in different ways to standardised Spartan Race courses. While the course will be familiar to those who have taken part in Spartan before you can expect to see a number of surprises on course.

Yes, adaptive athletes can compete and there will be a separate Para category.

The course is not suitable for wheelchair users. However if you are a wheelchair athlete who is able to independently self-propel and overcome obstacles, please contact British Obstacle Sports to register your interest.

The course will remain the same for all adaptive athletes, however some rule adaptations will take place:

  1. Male para athletes are able to use the female weights and steps provided
  2. Female para athletes are able to use the kids weights and steps provided
  3. Para athletes who use crutches or walking stick/s may ask an assistant to take their aid to the end of the obstacle. They must not assist with overcoming the obstacle. 
  4. Athletes with short stature or those unable to jump to the obstacle are able to be lifted/lowered to/from the first and last bar/rope/hold. This assistant must be provided by the athlete and they cannot help the athlete complete the obstacle
  5. Any further adaptations to obstacles must be agreed before the competition on an individual basis

Yes, there will be an open wave for those who do not want to run competitively or who would like to take part from overseas. Visitors from overseas will need to be a member of their own national federation or purchase British Obstacle Sports day membership.

British Obstacle Sports is being run in a sustainable manner with a focus on the mission and purpose of the federation. The immediate goal is to gain official recognition as a sport via our application to the UK Sports Councils through the delivery of the associated requirements. While national championships are important, they are one small part of what it means to be a national governing body for a sport. At this time, we are not ready to organise a standalone event.

We are delighted that Spartan will be able to produce a high calibre National Championships again in 2024 for our athletes. This is primarily because they will be using the resources and infrastructure afforded by utilising their existing event weekend.

No. This is not a Spartan Race, and is a standalone event, so it will not count towards your Trifecta. However, it will still be feasible to run the Spartan Beast race on the same day non-competitively.