London UK: On Saturday 23rd November the iconic Twickenham Stadium played host to the Spartan UK Stadion race which saw over 4,500 take part in the 5km obstacle course race.
The event, which was inspired by an ancient running event that was first held at the Olympic games over 2,800 years ago, was the first of its kind to be held at Twickenham Stadium. The inaugural event was organised by Spartan Race, the global leader in obstacle course racing.
The world-famous rugby stadium was packed full of 20 of Spartan’s most fun and exhilarating obstacles, that were suitable for racers of all abilities.
The 5km race kick started with racers running out through the players tunnel into the world-famous stadium. The obstacles included scaling an inverted wall, a challenging rope climb and relentless runs up and down the famous stadiums’ stairs.
Racers had to summon all their remaining energy to clear the spectacular fire jump at the very end of the course.
Over 2,500 manpower hours went into building the course, with the tallest obstacle, the A-frame, amounting to a staggering 7.6m. This all helped to create one of Spartan’s most impressive courses to date.
The famous 30-burpee penalty for missing an obstacle, synonymous with traditional Spartan Race events, was reduced to 15 making it a fast-paced course.
The event was open to the public meaning there were plenty of friends and family cheering on their loved ones on from the stands as they tackled the course.
Spartan also hosted a hugely successful Corporate Challenge event on Friday 22nd November which was open to employees from corporate organisations in both the private and public sectors.
Spartan Managing Director for UK and Ireland Sam Lansdale said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first ever race in one of the most prestigious venues in the world. The fact that the event has sold out really shows the growth of the brand in the UK over the last three years.
“What has impressed me most today is the appeal of the race to people from all different backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out on your fitness journey or a world class athlete, Spartan races are accessible for everyone.
“Each and every single racer has a story, and when they cross the finish line you can see what the race means to them.”
Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan said: “It’s an absolute honour to be here at Twickenham, the spiritual home of rugby, to see over 4,500 people racing. I’ve loved seeing the enthusiasm, the excitement and the smiles on the faces of all people taking part. It’s an awesome pitch and you can see how much everyone loves it out there. Running out through the players tunnel is something very special.
“To sell out the first event at Twickenham demonstrates the loyal community that we have built here in the UK over the last nine years.”
For further information to register for Spartan’s 2020 events visit: https://www.spartanrace.uk/en