Teacher launches 10k obstacle course

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A school teacher has launched a 10k obstacle race that will see competitors run, crawl, scramble and even shoot their way around Lancaster next Spring.

The event, The Witches Revenge, is the creation of Our Ladies Catholic College psychology teacher Martyn Housley-Smith.

Race-goers will make their way around a specially-designed route made up of 10 obstacles, including a scaffold assault course, paintball targeting, log carry, a giant bouncy castle and skip water dips, with the route starting and ending at the city’s Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

Martyn, 36, a qualified fitness instructor who regularly takes part in similar events around the country, said: “These obstacle races are really popular throughout the country and are a great way for people to get out of their comfort zone and try something different.

“We hope that up to 1,000 people will take part in our first event.

“You don’t have to be a competitive runner, there is so much more to this event than running as fast as you can.

“We’re expecting lots of thrills, spills and laughs along the way.

“You can also enter with friends and colleagues as a team, which is a great way to help yourself and others get around the course.

“After all, they do say that strength comes in numbers!”

The Witches Revenge is supported by Lancaster City Council and will take place on Sunday, March 31.

It is supporting two charities, St John’s Hospice and The Firefighters Charity and competitors are welcome to raise money for the charities, or one of their own.

An early bird offer of £25 to enter the race is available until December 31.

Call Martyn on 07927 328669.