Jenny Enderby: Orienteering, Adventure Racing
Home town: Newcastle NSW
Favorite race/achievement: My 6 podiums at World Championships.
Orienteering 1 Silver, 3 Bronze
Rogaining 1 Sliver
Duathlon 1 Bronze
Toughest moment in a race: The Australian 3 Day Orienteering Champs at Wagga this year when I was sick with my Crohn's Disease and had to race 3 days straight, but still managed to win overall by only 10 seconds.
Hot tips to newcomers: Orienteering has courses for all levels, starting from very easy to hard. As your navigation skills improve you can progress through to the harder courses. Be patient, take your time and learn the required skills, Orienteering is a great family sport that everyone can be involved in. Walking with children with a map is a great way to learn together. Age groups start at 10 years and range all the way up to 90 years, sometimes 95 and 100.
Amanda 'PINKY" Neil,
Home town: Brampton, Ontario Canada
Favorite race: Worlds Toughest Mudder
Favorite obstacle: I love so many of them... Love all the mud, Monkey Bars, Liberator...
Dislike obstacle: Electroshock Therapy & Artic Enema
Hot tip for newcomers:Train hills, run outside, make friends along the way because people who run OCR are the best kind of people, have fun and always smile.
Jase Lydom, Owner of Geelong Boxing and Obstacle Racing
Home town: Geelong
Favorite race: World’s Toughest Mudder (it will be my 4 this year)
Favorite obstacle: Spartan Stadium Race 300 (15 obstacles in 300metres)
Dislike obstacle: Electroshock Therapy
Hot tip for newcomers: Train outdoors. Put as much variety into your training as possible. Run, jump, push, pull, carry, climb, drag, and crawl. Push your limits. Most importantly, have fun.
Kate Barsby, Owner of No Excuses Boot Camp
Home town: Bendigo
Favorite race: Spartan ultra-beast (specifically Ivory’s rock)
Favorite obstacle: Ooh so hard to choose I love them all! Anything with mud and I love the monkey bars to rings to monkey bars. The new Spartan 300 was pretty amazing too!!
Dislike obstacle: Spear throw grrrrrr! Actually most disliked obstacle is the electric shock. I forgot about it haha
Hot tip for newcomers: Tips for newcomers - run, climb, crawl, jump, smile and have fun smile emoticon.
Janet Ann Smith
Home town: Margaret River WA
Favorite race: Spartan (Beast distance)
Favorite obstacle: 8ft Walls (anything high, I love to jump)
Dislike obstacle: Anything with COLD water
Hot tip for newcomers: Get a friend and JUST DO a race, help and encourage each other. Oh and the inexpensive Moxie Gaiters will make your experience so much nicer and give you confidence in tackling obstacles when you're not worrying about banging up your legs
Home town: Kinglake, Vic
Favorite race: True Grit 24hr Obstacle Enduro
Favorite obstacle: Sandbag carry or any other kind of weighted carry
Dislike obstacle: Spear throw
Hot tip for newcomers: Get some running kms under your belt, you don't have to do a lot of running but a little will help. Get strong, upper body strength for obstacles such as monkey bars and walls is essential and most importantly don't take the race too seriously, have fun and enjoy yourself.
Laura Newton, U know how much I love my Moxies, seriously save my legs.
Obstacle racer, Crossfit athlete
Home town: Hatton Vale Qld
Favorite race: OCR World champs or Australian Spartan races
Favorite obstacle: To many to pick just one. Love trying to get over or under anything wink emoticon
Dislike obstacle: Spear throw/electric shock
Hot tip for newcomers: Take your time, know u can do it, ask how if you’re not sure, and never give up. You may not get it this time round but u will next time knowing what u have learnt.