UKOSF Unite Elevating Women and Girls in OCR

Date: International Women’s Day – Monday 8th March 2022 – note this event has finished
Time: 8-9 PM (GMT) (9 PM CET; 4 PM EST)

UKOSF Webinar

UKOSF is launching a new series of Webinars aimed at developing Obstacle Racing and Ninja Sport. The first in the UKOSF Unite series is:

Elevating Women & Girls in OCR

This Webinar will be run as a live international panel discussion with Q&A. To be part of the conversation, submit a question, comment or discussion topic with your registration or during the event itself on Zoom.


Nicole Mericle (USA) – 5-time Obstacle Course Racing World Champion and Founder of the new OCR Women’s Development Team, The Dream Team

Ida Mathilde Steensgaard (DEN) – Elite Obstacle Racer, Red Bull OCR Athlete and FISO Athlete Advisory Council member

Nicki Johnson (UK) – Elite Obstacle Racer, Spartan Pro, Mudstacle League and Hyrox VCF Champion

Cameron Tucker (USA) – Elite Obstacle Course Racer and member of the OCR Girls

Jojo Brown (UK) – Co-Founder of the Mudd Queens and behind the scenes aficionado

Host: Becky Rendell (UK) – UKOSF Head of Obstacle Racing

Date: International Women’s Day – Monday 8th March

Time: 8-9 PM (GMT) (9 PM CET; 4 PM EST)

Cost: Free

Location: Zoom

Anyone can register for access here:

Registered attendees will be entered into a prize draw to WIN them and 1 friend a free training session at Rumble Fitness (UK)*.

A recording will be available on the UKOSF website after the event.

“I think OCR is a powerful, life-changing sport and I think the community will be strengthened by a growing female presence. I’m excited to speak on this panel and I hope this will initiate more conversation surrounding ways to increase female participation in OCR.” Nicole Mericle – 5-time Obstacle Racing World Champion.

Prize T&Cs:

*2 free tickets to any standard training day or equivalent to the value of £40 each. The tickets can only be used for 1 event and will not leave a balance value if the event does not total £40 upon registration.

*tickets are not transferable to others and must be used together for the same training day or time trial.

*tickets have no monetary value for exchange.

The Panelists

Jojo Brown
Jojo Brown
Inspired by Spartan videos, Jojo started OCR in 2012. Teaming up with Fay Kelly and Lucy Tarrant, in 2014 they created a UK network for women in OCR called UK Mudd Queens. Since then, Jojo has spent much time behind the scenes working for the award-winning Nuts Challenge (’17-’19) alongside Ginger Lacey and OCRWC where she joined Margaret Schlachter and Australia’s Rina Quistadio, to bring OCRWC to social media in Canada (‘16-’17) as well as Dr Ami Sawran (‘18) and Fran Chiorando in the UK (’19).
Nicole Mericle
Nicole Mericle
Nicole is a 5-time obstacle racing world champion and the reigning Spartan Race World Champion. Nicole’s competitive background began as a Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field athlete at Rice University where she held two school records and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 3,000m steeplechase. She raced post collegiately with Hudson Elite in Boulder, Colorado, and over time transitioned to trail running and garnered her passion for rock climbing. Her diverse athletic strengths led her to test her skills at her first obstacle course race in 2016. Nicole was immediately successful, and in 2017 she won the USA OCR Championship in both the 3k and 15k, finished as the first American in the Spartan Championship Series, and won the 3k OCR World Championship and Tougher Mudder World Championship. In 2017, she repeated as the 3k OCR World Champion and in 2019 solidified her rise to the top of the sport winning both the Spartan Race World and Trifecta Championships.
Ida Mathilde Steensgaard
Ida Mathilde Steensgaard
Ida has raced OCR for 7 years, participating in elite for 4 years. She has combined work and OCR, working as an Environmental engineer (15-30 hours a week) besides OCR since 2018. Ida loves OCR and the challenge and empowerment she feels from it, and is hoping to inspire other females to follow along.
Photo credit: @nfritsnielsen
Nicki Johnson
Nicki Johnson
Nicki started her OCR career in 2016.

She has won events ranging from Spartan’s short course Stadion to Rat Race’s Dirty Double 40 mile obstacle race. She is undefeated at The Nuts Challenge, and 2 times winner of the Nuclear Challenge Cup. She has been winner of the UK Mudstacle league on multiple occasions.

Nicki is currently a member of Nuclear Phoenix and the Spartan Pro Team, and has podiumed in the UK and Europe at Spartan events.

Her most recent achievement was winning the Hyrox VCF competition.Photo credit: @nfritsnielsen

Cameron Tucker
Cameron Tucker
Cameron Tucker is 15 years old and grew up in Charlotte, NC in the USA. She raced Elite for the first time last year at age 14 in the National Series sprint in Jacksonville, FL where she placed 20th. She will run in her second and third Elite races in February 2021, once again in Jax, including the Super on Saturday and the National Series Sprint on Sunday.

Cam had competed in only two age group races, one a Super and the other a Sprint, prior to her first Elite race; she placed first in both. The Super was in Jax the day before her first Elite race. The Sprint was the day after she competed in the 2019 Spartan Kids World Championship race in Los Angeles. Cam placed second in the kids WC race, following a third place finish in 2018. These were the only two competitive kids races, out of 30, in which she did not place first. She had 30 out of 30 podiums in her Spartan Kids career.

Cam competed in several open races immediately after turning 14 including a trifecta weekend in West VA the week after her bday; her first adult race was the WV Beast.

She was 13 when she competed in age group races in NORAMs in Stratton, Vermont. She placed 1st in the 3k race and 3rd in the 15k; her first two adult races. She also competed in the team event, keeping her band in all 3 races.

Cameron is a proud member of the OCR Girls international team. She has played club soccer since age 5, she also plays soccer and runs cross country at her school. Cameron previously competed in rock climbing, as well as Ninja at a national level.