I’m Jack Carpenter, a fully qualified level 3 personal trainer and OCR athlete. I’ve been competing at an elite level in OCR, mostly Spartan races, over the last three years and in 2018 finished the season ranked number 4 in the UK.
I believe that OCR and outdoor exercise, in general, is fantastic. OCR is fairly new to the UK, with participation growing every year and more people taking part in fun events, the sport is growing which is hugely exciting.
In a nutshell, OCR events focus on running, typically off-road, with varying distances ranging from 3 up to 20+ miles. Along the way you’ll have obstacles, walls, rigs, lifts and heavy carries using the whole body to challenge yourself – and probably some water and mud for good measure!
I left school at 16 and started an apprenticeship as a joiner, I played water polo for a local team and hit the gym once a week to keep up my general fitness.
I found a love for Triathlon in 2012, competing as a GB age group athlete and went on to become a level 2 triathlon coach for my local club. I’d found the fitness bug and wanted to continue increasing my abilities, so set myself a target of completing an Ironman, which I did in 2015.
I moved to Felixstowe in 2016 and decided to have a career change and become a personal trainer. I’d taken part in a Tough Mudder with a group of friends which although fun, I didn’t feel challenged me enough. A friend suggested doing a Spartan Race, and and I entered to do a Super (8+ miles 25 obstacles) and a Sprint (3+ miles 20 obstacles) in the same weekend. I surprised myself with a 2nd place finish in the open category! From here, you could say I was hooked…I signed up for the Beast distance (13+ miles 30 obstacles) in Windsor in the elite category – which broke me, but I loved it so much I decided to dedicate 2017 to training for the Spartan series.
2017 saw me growing my personal training business and racing all over the country, I was lucky enough to take home a few podium finishes and end the season in the top ten in the UK.
2018 highlights were opening Field Fit, competing in Morzine, France in July at the Spartan European Championships and finishing the Spartan UK & Ireland series 4th in the UK. I also completed the Spartan SGX qualification, which is a Spartan Race specific coaching badge, there are about 5 of these coaches in the UK.
2019 will hopefully see Field Fit establish itself on the map for bootcamps in Suffolk but also for OCR training in the UK. Personally, I’m also looking forward to competing again in the UK & Ireland Spartan series, hoping to beat my 4th place finish in 2018, racing at the Spartan European Championships in Italy and hopefully the World Championships in America.
Want to be an OCR racer? Or maybe jut get fit outside with challenging obstacles?