Jon Albon – Spartan Race Sprint – Wales

03.08.15 Fitness

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Jonathan Albon is an athlete best known for his success within the ever growing UK obstacle course racing (OCR) scene. Here he tells us about his recent participation in the Spartan Race Sprint in Wales – which also doubled up as his stag do! 

The Spartan Race in Wales was to serve two purposes this particular weekend: the Super would allow me to race against my current competition in the UK and the Sprint would serve as part of my stag do; let’s just say I got to have a lot of fun!

First up was the stag do Sprint. Dressed in a tutu, pink socks and a Tough Mudder headband I was handcuffed to an inflatable doll and escorted round the course by some of the best friends a guy could ask for. The course was great with some really technical running and the usual Spartan obstacles. This lap gave me insight as to what I would be expected to complete as the Super turned into an extended version of this sprint with some extra loops.

In the afternoon it turned out that one of the extra loops on the Super was a sandbag carry – more than 3km long! This seemed to work to my advantage as completing obstacles with the sandbag (such as crawls and ‘over-unders’) gave me the opportunity to break away from James Appleton who I had been tailing with Ross Macdonald from the start of the race. I managed to keep this lead through to the end of the race, finally crossing the line in just under an hour.

I then got to watch my Fiancé cross the line in first to add to her victory in the sprint earlier in the morning. The rest of the fitness weekend was filled with drinking, canyoneering, abseiling, mountain running and some more drinking. Thanks to Ross for organising a weekend of racing that was certainly out of the ordinary!

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