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BESTFIT Issue 20 – The Weekender

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The Weekender

Spartan Race: 28th May

It’s time to get down and dirty and covered in mud, in the most regal way possible.

This May, the first Spartan Super of 2016 will take place on the Aston Down Airfield in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, at the home of the Queen’s grandchildren, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

Don’t let the relatively flat nature of the airfield fool you, for there is some serious terrain to deal with and will certainly challenge the seasoned OCR racer. The course will include 20+ obstacles over a 13km stretch, transforming the venue into a truly challenging obstacle course, perfect for anyone looking to test out their abilities.

All those taking part will receive a finisher’s t-shirt and medal, free beer, free photos and access to the electronic chip timing facilities to know exactly how well they’ve done. Not to mention a chance to soak in the breathtaking surroundings of the south Cotswolds – it promises to be a truly regal experience for both racers and spectators!

This event will also include a Junior Spartan Race, to give all aspiring obstacle racers the opportunity to build their experience, and make this an event for all members of the family. Those taking part in this Super will also have the opportunity to earn their first Trifecta wedge piece of 2016, starting a collection that will grow with the following month’s Stadium Sprint. So prepare yourself for royally good time, packed full of muddy fun and challenging obstacles.

For More Information www.spartanraceuk.uk/

Dead Drop: The ‘Hiit’ Man Race

If you’re getting tired of the same old road race, or you’ve had your fill of obstacles and sportives, why not switch things up?

The HIIT Man race introduces a brand new genre of road racing, one that combines itself with the espionage and thrills of your favourite spy film. Interested? We certainly are!

Held in the heart of Central London, participants are required to download the ‘DeadDrop App’, which will deliver personalised race tasks to each group taking part on the day, leading you along the 5km, 10km and 15km routes as you look to complete your ‘mission’. To make this even more interesting, those taking part aren’t told the exact starting point of the race until a few days before the event, and receive special APP codes one week prior to access ‘secret’ event mission information. Racer objectives may include Zombie Chasing, Selfie Taking, Bounty Hunting or Assassination – you’ll only know on the day!

The only requirements for this event are a sense of humour and at least some level of fitness, but if you get stuck there will be an ex-military team on the ground for assistance; this is serious road racing. Once you and your group have completed the race, you’ll receive complimentary beer, a dead drop medal and a well deserved pat on the back for a job well done.

For more information visit: www.deaddropfitness.co.uk

Accomplish Fitness

If you’re looking for a Londonsque vibe to accompany your workouts, but aren’t so keen on the those peoplepacked, smoggy concrete surroundings, take a look at what the Accomplish Fitness studio has to offer.

Based in the heart of the Chilton foliate, this fitness collective surrounds you with beautiful English countryside as you work on improving your fitness.

Understanding that city life can become a drag at times, this studio has created their own Fitness Weekend program nestled in picturesque English countryside, for anyone looking to join in on a technique driven, focused and dynamic fitness excursion. Promising to have you feeling fitter, leaner and refreshed, you may also ‘graduate’ the weekend as a Kettlebell Guru, Budding Pugilist, Free Moving Bodyweight Expert and Real Food ‘Souper’ Hero; sounds like a jam-packed, truly rewarding weekend getaway!

Alongside their weekend program, this countryside studio has also created a fitness experience designed to bring together single guys and girls – all of whom enjoy active lifestyles – in the hope of creating new friendships and possible romance. After a morning full of fun yet effective fitness routines, you’ll then go on to enjoy a hearty, nourishing lunch as you chat with your new group of friends. The next event will be held in Cardiff on the April 30, with further dates and venues to be announced; all single fitness gurus, keep your eyes peeled!

For more information visit: www.accomplish-fitness.com

Lakeland Trails Marathon Challenge

Sunday 5th June Coniston, Cumbria

Described as the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain, the Lakeland Trails Marathon Challenge takes in a complete circuit of the Coniston Water, while the Half Marathon utilises the first 17km of the marathon course before heading back to Coniston. Expect panoramic views of Lake Coniston and a lively, carnival atmosphere.

Pushing In The Peaks

Sunday 12 June

A challenging summer cycle event offering two tough routes: 125km and 85km, with plenty of climbs on both to keep your heart-pumping and legs burning. You’ll receive starting-line gifts, finish-line refreshments and an event t-shirt. Chip timing will also be available to keep track of any new personal bests, and feed stations will feature on the way to keep all cyclists going.

Trailblaster

Sunday 19 June Burnley, Lancashire

A running festival offering 12 or six hours of endurance-testing trail-racing, either solo or in pairs, along a 5k trail loop. The aim is to make it around as many times as you can within the time frame, keeping track of your progress via live results shown through onsite digital displays. A live DJ will keep the atmosphere up to push along contestants.

A Day In The Lakes Triathlon

Sunday 26th June Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

Based in the Lake District National Park, this event will include a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 57-mile cycle and a 12.5-mile run. Participants will cycle along the climbs of the Kirkstone Pass and through the grounds of Lowther Castle, before running off-road over the low-fells along the lakeside. Beautiful scenery will make the challenge worth it.

Titan Dartmoor

Saturday 2 July

Promising to be one of the toughest middle-distance races on the British event calendar, this triathlon will start with a 1.2-mile sea swim, followed by a 60-mile cycle that tackles the Haytor climb. You’ll finish the challenge with a scenic 13-mile run along the coastal path that takes you to the town of Dawlish, for a well deserved rest.

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