Spartan UK, the iconic fitness and wellbeing brand, and British Obstacle Sports today announce an important partnership for the sport.
The partnership will not only look to boost the recognition of the sport but also drive participation, increase awareness and education, and enhance grassroot pathways.
From 2023, all elite and age groups competitors will need to hold a British Obstacle Sports membership to compete in Spartan UK events. Athletes will be able to purchase a day membership to encourage newcomers and overseas racers. By partnering, Spartan UK aims to further British Obstacle Sports reach and impact, in turn increasing the number of federation members that are required to be considered as an official UK sport.
As part of the partnership, British Obstacle Sports will also assist in the training of Race Referees through our Technical Officials Development Programme to support Spartan UK in its continued pursuit of raising the standards of competitive racing in the UK.
Elected Director of British Obstacle Sports, James Burton commented: “We are delighted that Spartan UK have agreed to partner with us and understands the long term value of an officially recognised governing body in delivering a safe, accessible, and professional sport. We look forward to working together in the coming months and years to progress OCR and other obstacle sports in the UK.”
Matthew Brooke, Managing Director of Spartan Europe said: “We’ve long held the aspiration of having our sport formally recognised across the UK and through this new, sport-centered and exciting partnership with British Obstacle Sports I know we’ll achieve just that. Our commitment to grow the sport at every level and boost grassroot participation has never been stronger and so in 2023, together with our partners and community, we plan on making a real impact.”
The 2023 Spartan UK race calendar consists of 4 events, 12 adult races, 2 endurance events and 3 kids races.
Spartan 2023 Race Calendar:
London West – April 29 – Beast, Kids Race
London West – April 30 – Super, Sprint, Kids Race
Midlands NEW VENUE – June 30 – Twelve Hour Hurricane Heat
Midlands NEW VENUE – July 01 – Four Hour Hurricane Heat, Beast, Kids Race
Midlands NEW VENUE – July 02 – Super, Sprint, Kids Race
South West NEW LOCATION AND VENUE – August 13 – Beast, Sprint
London South East – October 07 – Ultra, Beast, Kids Race
London South East – October 08 – Super, Sprint, Kids Race