In a time where we are seeing some races fold, it is heartening to see new races still trying to carve out a niche and fill the voids left in our calendars.

The newest race vying for our attention is SURVIVAL. It has been launched as a joint project by Betteshanger Park and MY/PT.

Director of MY/PT Jay Ingram explained that this race has been a long time coming. He said of his new venture, “I am extremely excited to be bringing the immensely popular obstacle course racing phenomenon to Betteshanger Park, it’s been a dream of mine for many years. The diverse environment at the park has allowed us to design an innovative course with a number of really challenging obstacles.”

In line with the ethos of his existing company, Jay believes that SURVIVAL can empower people of all fitness levels. “For some, SURVIVAL, will be about being the first over the finish line but for many it will be about celebrating personal achievement.”

If you fancy taking on this new challenge, SURVIVAL will take place at the former colliery site, near Deal, on Saturday October 7th. At 6km, this is the perfect distance for newcomers to the sport, but will provide a fast paced burst for those aiming for a full-on race.

So what can we expect from the race? For a start, it being on a colliery site is fairly unusual and could make for interesting terrain. SURVIVAL boasts 40 ‘extreme’ man-made and natural obstacles spread across the old spoil heap at Betteshanger.

Obstacles we can look forward to include: trenches, mounds and pits, slides, tyre pits and runs, water obstacles, steep hills, over water rope regains and  “Entanglement” taking you through the dense woodland at Betteshanger. There is also the mysteriously named Tranazium, plus a few other surprises, so they say…

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SURVIVAL is for anyone who has a sense of adventure and a strong determination. It will be challenging enough for the most seasoned of racer but importantly achievable for all levels of fitness. All finishers can look forward to SURVIVAL dog tags, in line with the theme.

Tracy Brunt, who manages the park itself, has high hopes for the event. “We urge everyone to sign up, your level of fitness is not important. You’ll get wet, muddy and covered in coal spoil. You’ll laugh and quite possibly cry. But you’ll have a blast and we guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face when you cross the finish line.”

It’s a brave guarantee, but OCR and its survival (totally intended), depends on uptake of new events and support of our old favourites, so the organisers are very much ‘taking a punt’ at getting people on board.  If you think you’re up to the challenge, or want to drag mates along who have previously baulked at 10k races, this might just be the perfect distance to cajole them in to.

Registration for the event is now open via their website

Image credits: SURVIVAL graphic

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