The Spartans are coming

Spartan Races will be running in Yorkshire for the first time and organisers have chosen Ripon as the perfect venue. (S)
Spartan Races will be running in Yorkshire for the first time and organisers have chosen Ripon as the perfect venue. (S)
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Spartan racing is coming to Ripon for the first time.

On Sunday, September 4 competitors will be able to take part in the Spartan Obstacle Race Series at the first event of its kind to be held in Yorkshire.

Spartan Races will be running in Yorkshire for the first time and organisers have chosen Ripon as the perfect venue. (S)

Spartan Races will be running in Yorkshire for the first time and organisers have chosen Ripon as the perfect venue. (S)

The course at Ellington Banks at Deverell Barracks is designed to test resilience, strength and stamina. Although the exact details are kept under wraps until the day it includes spear throwing, fire jumping, barbed wire crawls and battling giant Spartan gladiators.

Richard Lee, former Royal Marine and co-founder of the Spartan Race, said: “The Spartan Race course is a metaphor for life – when you are born, no-one gives you the map to your life, nor instructs you of the obstacles ahead.

“Those who rise above the challenges with a sense of humor and determination survive.”

The Spartan Race Series includes various levels of intensity ranging from the entry level Sparton Sprint to the Spartan Death Race. For its inaugural running in Yorkshire competitors will be taking part in the sprint, which is 5km long and has around 25 obstacles including mud sections, rock carrys, tunnels and walls.

Richard said this would just be the beginning for the race and harder levels are coming to the UK in 2012.

Originally from Cambridge, Richard said he chose Ripon as the race location as it had the perfect terrain for the event.

“Being former military we used the area for training and I know it is a fantastic area with good forest.”

The Spartan Race is open to everyone aged 16 and above, with heats running from 10am until 1pm. Registration for the race closes at noon on Thursday, September 1

“The Spartan Race Series is designed for all participants, beginners to hardcore warriors and marathon runners to challenge themselves, have fun and cross the finish line while smiling from ear to ear,” he said.

“You need a little physical conditioning and a taste for adventure.”

People can race as individuals or as a team and spectators are welcome. There is also a post-race family BBQ party with various prizes to be won.

Proceeds will go to Help for Heroes. For more information, visit the website www.spartanrace.com