Tremendous 20 qualify for world event

RP Combat Conditioning member Zak Horsley tackles the monkey bars at the Dirty Dozen event in Paddock Wood last weekend
RP Combat Conditioning member Zak Horsley tackles the monkey bars at the Dirty Dozen event in Paddock Wood last weekend

Twenty members of a Hastings-based health and fitness club have qualified for the World Obstacle Course Racing Championships.

RP Combat Conditioning (RPCC) secured one-third of the qualifying spots available for the global event in Cincinatti during October with fine performances at the Dirty Dozen meeting on Saturday.

“This was an amazing achievement,” said head coach Richard Pringle. “There was fierce competition from all the UK’s top athletes at this race and to secure 1/3 of the available qualifying spots for the World Championships is unprecedented. Everyone has worked so hard for this and to see everyone complete the course was a standout moment for me as a trainer.”

The Dirty Dozen was a 12k race over a course designed by Special Forces consisting of 20 tough military-style obstacles in Paddock Wood.

RPCC had a record number of participants with a 45-strong team of all ages and abilities taking on this tough challenge.

The RPCC elite team produced an incredible set of results, securing five of the top 10 men’s finishing positions. First in for RPCC was local endurance athlete Sam Cherry, who finished in second place overall behind Team Inov-8’s internationally renowned athlete Jon Albon. Adam Cracknell was fourth, Ross Phelan sixth, Zak Horsley eighth, Rich Pringle 10th and Adam Shaw 15th.

The women fared even better. Led by RPCC’s superstar Katie Keeble (second place female), the women’s team achieved 10 of the top 20 female finishing positions. RPCC are now looking for sponsors to help in their bid to compete at the World OCR Championships. Email info@rpcombatconditioning.co.uk