ESP’s resident running man Darren Grigas is taking on yet another challenge and you can join him as the first Spartan race comes to the area.


Darren might have run the Marathon des Sables but you don’t have to be an elite athlete to take part – just someone keen to have a go and enjoy a challenge!

This is te shorter of their range of courses, the 5km Spartan Sprint and is for people of all ages and abilities. It includes 15 obstacles and is a great introduction for anyone new to obstacle course racing. Keen to keep it in the family Darren has signed up his kids and partner to give it a go too!

While Darren will be joining the elite squad his partner and kids will be proving it’s a race for all ages and abilities to enjoy. We’ll be reporting back on how they all get on!

Commenting on the races coming to the area, Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Reebok Spartan Race, says: “Spartan isn’t just a race, it’s a lifestyle. We don’t just see our racers on the start line, we work with them from their sign up all the way through to race day in order to encourage a real lifestyle change.


“We share free training tips and workouts and provide nutritional advice in the weeks leading up to race day, ensuring our racers are prepared to be the best they can be.

“The mental attitude we encourage ensures people can tackle any of our obstacles on race day and also leaves them inspired to overcome challenges in life off the course.

“So whether you’re completely new to this sort of event, or you’re already feel fit but want a new physical challenge, we’re on hand to help and show you what it’s like to be a Spartan.”


Participation in obstacle course racing is growing rapidly in the UK and across the globe with an incredible 10 million people now taking part annually. Since first entering the UK in 2010, Reebok Spartan Race has experienced phenomenal growth and is now aiming to inspire Brits to join over one million people in participating in 150 of its races across 25 countries.


For many people it’s the physical and mental challenge of an outdoors obstacle course race that appeals. To encourage competition and enable participants to improve their personal best, Reebok Spartan Races are the only Obstacle Course Races to feature chip timings,which gives participants the opportunity to see where they rank globally and the most successful competitors the chance to race internationally too, culminating in the Reebok Spartan World Championship.

To register your place as an individual or team, or to find out more visit

Spartan Crew Volunteer Opportunities

Don’t want to race but would still like to get involved – why not volunteer to help set up and marshal the course. You’ll meet new people and experience a memorable day of mud, sweat and cheers! No experience necessary.

There are many different roles and ways to be involved with the organisation of the day and helping make sure every stage goes according to plan plus you’ll get a few freebies for helping out!

Interested to learn more about becoming a Spartan Crew Volunteer?

Please email all enquires to

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