Finding obstacle course running buddies


  • Jan 04, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    Hey all, I'm a total newbie to obstacle course running, based in Edinburgh, and I've just signed up for my first events. I'm in it for the obstacles and the mud, but I need motivation with my running training, cos I'm just not interested in the running side of it.

    What's the best way to find guys I can do training runs, and enter events, with? I'm hesitant to go to my local running clubs because I'm looking for people that are into obstacle running rather than vanilla runs. Folk that, like me, will want to break up multi-mile runs with playing about on whatever obstacles we can improvise, and who will be up for entering the events with me. Ideally, well matched to my ability levels too. I want to push myself, but I'm also looking for it to be fun.

    The forums on mudstacle.co.uk look pretty dead, and I can't really find any other OCR forums that have good local UK coverage. Anybody got any suggestions?
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    Jan 06, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    I can't offer any specific advice on where to look to find people near you, but don't discount regular running clubs. It may take a bit of time to get to know people but there can be quite a lot of crossover - or at least semi-serious runners who need a push to try something different.

    Approaching from the other side works in my experience too - looking for the sort of people who do 'boot camp' type classes at the gym for example. The point is, most people who have some genuine commitment to fitness and adventure and pushing themselves are probably already in a group that gives them that. Make friends there, then persuade them to get muddy ;)
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    Jan 07, 2015 2:42 AM GMT
    Check out Edinburgh Frontrunners or Glasgow Frontrunners. I'm sure there are guys in either or both of those gay running clubs who are interested in obstacle course races. If he's still active on rj you might try messaging suedeheadscot to ask him about this.

  • Jan 09, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    Great ideas guys, thanks. I'm not a gym member, but my trainer's now said he can probably round up enough interested clients to form a team. If we still can't get enough, I'll try your suggestions to make up the numbers.

    He also said he doesn't want me doing any distance running training, seeing as the distances between obstacles are never very long. So I don't get the homework I was expecting anyway!