More than 700 brave souls take on Stockport Tough Tribe

Over 700 competitors braved the mud to take part in the second year of the Tough Tribe obstacle course race in Stockport.

Having moved to a new stomping ground at Woodbank Park, Stockport, the race introduced one of the longest slip slides on the UK’s OCR calendar.

With increased capacity and a new family event added after its inaugural year in 2017, 720 regulars and brave beginners got stuck in for the 10km and 5km courses, which were open to both individuals and ‘tribes’.

Elite OCR competitors travelled from across the country to compete on the 10km course, which runs over open ground, through dense woodland and into water, making use of both natural and man-made obstacles across the course

The year, Claire Jones from Leeds was the first woman across the line, closely followed by Jo Van DeKalf and Alex Howard-White, both from Stockport.

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Number one man was Ollie Sterne from Cheadle Hulme, who completed the course in 48 minutes and managed to beat Joel Grocock from Hazel Grove and Jason Jacob from Corby in Northamptonshire, who came in second and third places respectively.

Ollie said: “I thought the race was amazing, the obstacle placement was really good, the technical trails were great fun and the build quality of the obstacles was fantastic. The race was marshalled really well which made me feel safe.

“In my opinion the obstacles were better placed this year, they were more spread out, it wasn’t too intense at one point, it tested you all the way through. It was also longer than last year so we had a good running section.

“It feels great winning the race this year considering I finished fourth last year, but I trained harder and faster so I’m really happy that I get to take home the trophy this year.”

Clare Jones added: “It’s my second time doing Tough Tribe. The obstacles are really good, I liked the mixed terrain and the trails are fantastic. It feels excellent to be the first woman finishing the race!

“I’d definitely do it next year. In fact, I’m about to join in with the Social Run Club and my kids who are all doing the 10k course for the first time, so I’m off for a second run round the course!”

Competitors tackled a variety of high climbing walls, net crawls, tyre carries, river runs and mud climbs, before completing the race with a messy ‘paint dipper’ challenge which saw contestants diving into pits of flour, water and neon paint before taking on the 100ft slide.

Now in its second year, Tough Tribe was launched in 2017 by race directors Andy Brooks and Ruth Lynch, both experienced OCR racers who recognised the potential of the mixed terrain around Stockport to create a challenging course that made most of nature’s own obstacles.

Race director Andy Brooks said: “After our first year, where many of the elite competitors told us it was the best event of the year, we wanted to make sure we made the course even better.

“We’re very lucky in that our location lends itself well to a challenging mix of obstacles for a truly unique OCR in what is becoming an increasingly busy events calendar.”

As well as elite and experienced OCR competitors, this year’s race also saw entrants of all levels aged 16 and up, from keen flat course runners looking for a new challenge to those that were brand new to the racing scene.

This year’s event also featured shorter family waves open to anyone from age eight up – these shorter courses aimed to inspire the runners and OCR lovers of the future. Over 80 people took part in the family waves.

Competitors and their families were well rewarded after their race with all Tough Tribers invited to join in with food, drink and family events throughout the day in a dedicated race village.

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