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The Sparton Races
The Sparton Races
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‘Ancient’ warriors will be at war in Ripon again this year as the city’s Ellington Banks training ground – more used to modern soldiers than their classical forebears – hosts the Spartan Race.

Last year, the inaugural Yorkshire Spartan Race was held at the venue attracting almost 1,000 athletes who lined up to test their endurance in seven heats.

Pictured is a competitor tackling the climing wall. Taking place on August 12 competitors will face obstacles including spear throwing, barbed wire crawls and fire jumping.The race is open to anyone aged over 16. More details including how to enter can be found at