Best known for its worldwide series of obstacle races, Spartan has announced that it's focussing on the UK trail runner scene with two new events taking place in 2020.
The announcement follows the success of Spartan Trail in five countries in 2019, with many more planned around the world in 2020.
In the UK the races series will begin with 10k and half-marathon trail events starting on the 21st June 2020 at Glanusk Estate, in the heart of the Black Mountains, followed by a 10k at ‘Spartan’s UK home’, Marston lodge, on the 12th July.
Although there will be no 'obstacles' in the traditional Spartan sense, each event will feature natural hurdles such as river crossings, scrambles, log hops and technical single-track. The races will coincide with Spartan’s obstacle course race weekends.
The UK trail launch follows the recent announcement of the 2020 “Spartan Trail World Championship,” a series of six trail running events across the globe, which combine to cover four continents and a $270,000 USD prize purse.
“Following the successful 2019 launch of Spartan Trail in five countries, we’re excited to expand our experience and community by introducing the growing sport of trail running to our event line-up in the UK,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena.
Joe added, “The ancient Spartans were known to run on the mountainous trails of Sparta, so it’s a natural extension of our brand as we work to motivate people everywhere to step outside of their comfort zones and learn there’s no limit to what they can achieve. Spartan Trail in the UK will provide a new opportunity for existing racers while offering the trail running community an event like they have never experienced before.”
Spartan UK and Ireland Director of Production and Trail Lead, Karl Allsop said: “The two venues that feature in our inaugural trail season couldn’t be more suited, offering spectacular views, varied terrain and natural obstacles in abundance. I look forward to integrating the passionate community of trail runners into our Spartan UK family, whilst also showcasing the epic sport of trail and its endless physical and mental benefits to our regular Spartans.”
The UK races will cost from £30 for the 10k distance and finishers receive a t-shirt, medal and free photos. Click here to find out more.