WHAT IS A SPARTAN RACE?
A Spartan Race is not just an event; it’s an obstacle race that will push you beyond your limits and show you what you're truly capable of. The first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings, Spartan Race provides a proving ground for beginner and elite racers looking to test themselves in new ways across the globe. There are three main Spartan Race types:
The Spartan Sprint tests your endurance and speed through 5km+, loaded with over 20 obstacles. A great starter distance for beginners, or a perfect test against time for the more advanced racer. It may only appear to be a standard 5km+, but with an average finish time of 1 hour 45 minutes, we guarantee that you’ll be a different person when you cross the finish line.
The Spartan Super: there’s nothing mediocre about this middle-distance race. The 13km+ race distance is the ideal blend of endurance and speed. Offering racers a true test of their athleticism. If you consider yourself a more seasoned athlete, determined to push your limits, then you may have what it takes to complete a Spartan Super. Serving up 25+ Spartan Obstacles over 13km+ of varied terrain, the Spartan Super spares no one.
The Spartan Beast is the perfect race distance if you want to see what you're truly capable of. With 20+ kms and over 30 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Spartan Beast will test everything you’ve got. Your strength, your perseverance and your determination. The unpredictable terrain and Spartan Obstacles are specifically designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone, and well past those self-imposed obstacles you once considered your limits. Time to Spartan Up!
We pride ourselves on delivering the best race experience possible and all finishers receive an awesome finisher medal, tech t-shirt, professional photos, global rankings/ timing and a finish-line beer!
For children under 14, we also offer Spartan Kids. These races take place on a separate and bespoke course and at every one of our adult events. The Spartan Kid races are circa 1.5km in distance, and have an emphasis on teamwork, fun and getting muddy.
South East, 7 & 8 April Our 2018 Spartan season kicks off in April at St Clere, South East of London. Rich in history, St Clere is only 40 minutes by train from central London and within sight of the M25. It promises to please weekend warriors, trail hunters and obstacle racers alike. Situated on the scenic North Downs and known for its rolling hills – this beautiful yet challenging course will be host to Sprint and Junior distances. Plus, new for 2018, we’ve added a Super to give racers more opportunity to go for the hallowed Trifecta!
Ireland, 27 May For the first time ever, Spartan Race UK are heading overseas! That’s right, we’re off to the Emerald Isle to race at Ireland’s most famous racecourse, Punchestown. Located near the county town of Naas, the ‘Meeting Place of the Kings’ which will for one weekend only, be transformed into ‘The Meeting Place of the Spartans’! Run the Sprint (5km+) and Super (13km+) to be amongst the first to complete the Spartan challenge in a new territory.
South West, 22, 23 & 24 June We return to Aston Down Airfield with an expanded race offering. Prepare for a relentless barrage of short and steep inclines alongside the traditional crawls, climbs and carries that make Spartan Race such a unique obstacle race. If you love running up hills you will want to be here at Aston Down, to experience what our 'insiders' term ""Hell Valley"". A Sprint, Super, and Hurricane Heats are all on offer. And if you came last year, be prepared for some extra surprises to keep you on your toes.
Marston Lodge, 13, 14 & 15 July An endurance weekend awaits at Marston Lodge - the home of Spartan Race UK. In the middle of the summer holidays, this is an unmissable chance to bring along your family and friends and make a weekend of it. With a Hurricane Heat 4 Hour, Hurricane Heat 12 Hour, Super, Sprint and Kids Races there’s no shortage of options. Conquer the unforgiving Leicestershire landscape and sign up today.
Scotland, 15 & 16 September Our brand new Scottish venue sees Spartan Race come to the ancient and magnificent city of Perth. The race will offer a start in the very centre of the city. So, for the first time ever in the UK, Spartan Race runners will have the chance to run along crowd-lined streets, before heading out onto the hilly trails. Throw in our famously innovative obstacles and we have an event that will test mental strength, endurance, grit and perseverance. With a Sprint (5km+), Super (13km+), Beast (20km+) and an epic Ultra (42km+) there really is something for all levels of athlete.
Windsor, 6 & 7 October Spartan Race rounds out the 2018 season in the UK with a Trifecta Weekend to remember. Steeped in history and just south of London, this is our most popular race venue. Don’t be fooled though, this course will test your fitness, strength and determination as you run through the epic woodlands that surround the estate grounds. Be the first to sign up for what's sure to be an unforgettable event in the history of Spartan Race UK.
In this guide we break down the fundamentals needed to be successful at each of our Signature Spartan Obstacles so your better equipped to conquer them all. We can’t do the obstacles for you, but we are happy to show you the way through them.