It was a day of Spartan hospitality, costume and revelry. Oh, and there was some racing too.
First, the day kicked off with the Super. Both male and female races started together, with a huge number trooping across the start line. As the route runs straight through Ancient Sparta, every athlete had to walk the first 500metres through the hallowed grounds. After that, all bets were off, as Albert Soley and Jon Albon had a real battle for supremacy. After taking a fall, and a couple of scrapes, Jon still managed to hang on to the lead before missing a trick on the memory task, eventually shunting himself down to third after Albert Soley and Richard Hynek.
There was not too long to recover before the Sprint started, in the searing heat of the day. Despite the walking start, competition was pretty vicious but Jon remained composed and in the lead for the majority of the race, even when hunted down by some enthusiastic marshals who believe he had missed a task. These things are hard to adjudicate when there are two different runs going on st the same time, but it didn’t impede him too much, as he sailed into first. Sergei Perelygin, who didn’t really make a podium bid in the first race, slid into second, with Albert Soley in third again. He is really not letting Jon take it easy this weekend.
In the ladies race, it was Zuzana Kocumova who held a strong lead throughout most of the Super, nailing the obstacles in the village for all to see. Nicole Mericle was snapping at her heels in second, and a little later, along came Janka Pepova to complete the podium.
The Sprint that followed really proved these three ladies to be streets ahead of the competition, as they left the field for dust. Nicole taking some early burpees on the wicked slippy balance beams saw her lose some ground, but even then Zuzana dropped off the rig in the closing stages. Showing it’s really not over until it’s over, Janka sailed through the rig to take the win in what was a very exciting race.
Spartan have an enormous team of media bods out here, making for excellent live coverage, so make sure you tune in tomorrow to catch all of the action from what will be a decisive Beast.
Jon will take a 37 second head start, followed by Albert. Richard will follow 2 minutes and 7 seconds after Jon.
Zuzana will kick off first, with Janka following 2 minutes and 28 seconds later, and Nicole will have to wait for 3 minutes 26 seconds before getting over the line.
With everything to play for, it’s going to be incredible.