There was a gladiatorial spirit in the air this weekend as Spartan Race returned to Perth (14/15 September).
Fans of obstacle course racing were spoiled for choice, with Beast, Ultra and Sprint versions of the Spartans’ challenging courses on offer at the two-day meet – the series’ only Scottish dates. The Perth event also debuted a 1.5km race for children aged four to 13.
Each of the adult events offered runners a different distance and a different series of obstacles to conquer.
With just 330 places, the Ultra event – a 50km route around Kinnoul Hill and Deuchney Woods with 60 obstacles – quickly filled up, leading to reports of organisers having to turn away participants on the day.
Nearly 3000 runners took part in the weekend’s shorter events: the Beast Race (21km, 30 obstacles) and the Sprint (5km, with 20 obstacles).
Race organisers noted that the performances of those taking part in the Elite and Age group categories were being carefully monitored and analysed, as part of their attempt to have obstacle course racing added to the Olympics.
As Spartan Race UK spokesperson Jenny Hamilton told The Courier: “We have skateboarding in the Olympics, so why not obstacle courses?”
The Spartan Race UK will return to Scotland next year, but will take place at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, instead of its Perth home of the last two years, on 18 and 19 September.
Although in returning to Edinburgh the event is revisiting its 2016 Scottish roots, Hamilton didn’t rule out the return of Spartan Phil and his friends to the Fair City:
Hamilton added: “We hope to come back to Perth. The community in the town is great – everyone is really friendly. Even the people coming along walking their dogs are clapping people on.”
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