Larbert’s Chris prepares to tackle three Spartan endurance races

Spartan runner Chris McIntosh. Picture: Alan Murray

Spartan runner Chris McIntosh. Picture: Alan Murray

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A Larbert man is getting ready to put his body through an incredible test of endurance to raise funds for charity.

Christopher McIntosh (27) is taking part in three gruelling Spartan Races as he bids to make money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Spartan races are run over 5, 12 or 20km – known as the Sprint, the Super and the Beast respectively – and as well as the spirit-sapping distances there are obstacles to overcome during the routes, which makes the races an unbelievable test of stamina, strength and will-power.

Chris will tackle the Sprint and Super on consecutive days in July at Dalkeith Country Park then head to London in September for the Beast.

He said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. It’s a different way of getting fit and not the usual gym routine!

“As well as the distances involved, I’ll have to tackle obstacles such as the spear throw, the fire jump, wall jumps etc – they really try to go for the whole Spartan warrior idea.

“But it gives you a real focus and I’m delighted to be doing it for SAMH, who do fantastic work highlighting mental health issues and helping those affected.

“The company I work for, IFDS in Stirling, has kindly put up the registration costs, so it’s up to me now to try to tackle the challenge and raise as much money as possible.

“I know it’s going to be tough but my training is going well and I’m building it up towards my first race in July.”

Support Chris and follow him on Twitter @RunBeard and visit www.justgiving.com/RunBeardRunSAMH/ to make a donation and back his challenge for a good cause.

Fancy taking on the Spartan challenge? Here’s a quick guide...

Spartan Races involve tackling obstacles such as:

Fire jump - participants leap over flames, typically at the beginning or end of a race.

Barbed wire crawl - a crawl through mud under barbed wire.

Spear throw - from a distance of 10-20 yards, athletes must throw a wooden spear into a target.

Wall climb - runners must climb over a wooden wall. Walls range from 4-8 feet and are often in sequence.

Spartans receive a ‘Trifecta’ medal after completing a Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and a Spartan Beast in one calendar year.

The first Spartan Race was held in 2010 at the Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont, USA. Roughly 500 competitors had to run, crawl, jump and swim and overcome a variety of obstacles.

Further information can be found at www.spartanraceuk.uk.