Yorkshire’s Best Bound for OCR Championships 2019

After securing qualifier status in 2018, Total Warrior is once again an official qualifier for the 2019 OCR World Championships, taking place in the UK in October 2019.  

The OCR World Championships are the only independent global championships for the sport of Obstacle Course Racing designed to unify, promote, and increase participation in the sport of OCR.

The cream of the Northern crop will be battling against each other in the first waves on Friday and Saturday. The top 15 across the line in each gender will qualify for their Age Group category, whilst the top 3 in each gender qualify for Pro.

As ever, we’re proud to be showcasing the North’s OCR talent, we wish them all the best.

Want to throw your hat in?  The Saturday 9.30am wave is now SOLD OUT, but there are still spaces in the Friday wave.  

Sign up now here.

Veterans at Ease raise small army for Total Warrior 2019

Total Warrior are pleased to announce Veterans at Ease (VAE) as a 2019 Partner Charity.

VAE help veterans, reservists, serving military personnel and their families deal with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other combat stress-related issues. 

VAE was establshed in 2010 and since then they’ve helped over 260 men and women battle PTSD. Half of those who seek their support have suicidal thoughts and 35% are at actual risk of suicide. 

So far, VAE have raised a small army of over 100 entrants for the 12k Original Event on Saturday 22nd June. The money they raise will go back into the fight against PTSD, and to safeguard our most vulnerable veterans.  

Want to run for VAE? Their package includes the following:

  • Free Entry for Runners
  • Free VAE T-shirt
  • Free parking
  • Full access to the post-race party
  • Extra free beer at the Charity Tent post-race
  • For teams of 6 or more, a chance to win a VAE Total Warrior Team Trophy; awarded to your fastest warrior!  

In return for this package VAE require a minimum of £100 donation.

For more information about Veterans at Ease, and for information on how to enter, click here.

FitTribe Mothers take on Total Warrior Half

This International Woman’s Day we are celebrating the incredible women who have taken part and continue to take part in our events. It’s great to see the grit and determination which characterised Britain’s suffrage and feminist movements, is alive and well in the women who tackle our events every year. 

We recently caught up with Louise Wright. Louise runs FitTribe, a fitness group she set up specifically to address the fitness needs of pre and postnatal women. So far, 22 of her group have registered for Total Warrior’s NEW Half 6K event.

What inspired you to start FitTribe?

As a postnatal woman myself (my boys are now 4 and 18 months) I realised how little there was locally for women with regards to guided exercise that is not only safe and effective but enables them to maintain or increase their activity levels throughout pregnancy and after. 

Pregnancy and motherhood has an enormous effect on women not just physically but emotionally. Motherhood changed me dramatically. My confidence was completely knocked. Even despite being a fitness professional, when I became pregnant I suddenly felt afraid of exercise and unsure about what would be safe throughout my pregnancy and while I was recovering post birth. 

Having decided to complete a pre & post natal exercise specialism, I attended an additional pelvic floor awareness programme with the intention of providing a group exercise environment for local women. 

The FitTribe class hard at work

What services do you provide?

Mums can bring their babies and children to class so childcare is not an issue. I provide toys, distractions and I feed their babies in an effort to give deserving mothers 45 minutes in their day where THEY are the priority. 

When did you start FitTribe?

FitTribe launched last summer following my second stint of maternity leave. I was unable to return to my existing post and juggle my commitments as a wife and mother so I jumped right in hoping for the best!  Approximately 100 women have walked through my doors since then.

Why did you sign your class up to Total Warrior?

I have always wanted to complete a challenge like this, but for one reason or another, I never had the confidence to do so. Following the birth of my second child I suffered with postnatal depression.  I decided to start doing more of what scares me instead of making excuses. I have worked hard to rediscover myself and my personal interests outside of motherhood. I joined a local running club and recently completed my first half marathon (another one on the bucket list) and having seen the New Total Warrior Half event this year I decided this would be a great opportunity to get my Mummy’s involved and to work for something together. The ladies that attend my classes are super motivated, super determined and awesome company so we are thoroughly looking forward to getting dirty and completing this challenge together. The challenge has been so well received that other members of the FitTribe are joining us to complete it, we currently have a team of 22!

Is there anything you’d like to say to other women reading this right now?

If we can do it, you can do it. It’s not about your time. It’s about finishing the course with a smile on your face. See you on June 22nd! 

Louise runs her FitTribe sessions in Wetherby and Leeds. Her troop will be taking part in the Total Warrior Half 6K event. For information about her classes, please email Louise here or visit her Facebook Page.

 

Charlie tackles Total Warrior for YoungMinds

Mental health isn’t the easiest subject to talk about, especially when it involves young men. Statistics have it, one in seven young men aged between sixteen and twenty-four will have experienced depression and anxiety. Only a small fraction of these will seek help.

Charlie Andrews, like many, has personally struggled with mental health issues.

“I eventually hit rock bottom in my life, where I thought about harming myself.  Eventually, my mental health won the battle and at a very low point in my life, I self-harmed. I even contemplated ending my own life to make the stress and misery disappear.”

Charlie was fortunate to have the support of his family, friends and work colleagues. Not all can be as fortunate though. Due to the stigma that surrounds Mental Health, many try to carry on like normal.

Charlie will be taking part in the Total Warrior Original 12KM on Saturday 22nd June to raise money for YoungMinds. YoungMinds is one of the UK’s leading campaigning charities committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

If you would like to support Charlie, visit his Just Giving Page here.