UKOSF is pleased to announce the British OCR Junior Championships on October 23rd 2022 at the Swanbourne Endeavour in Milton Keynes.

Now in its 12th year, the Swanbourne Endeavour is a gutsy, gruelling off-road endurance event. It allows you to plunge into the wilds of Buckinghamshire – streams, woods, fields and haystacks for a cross-country OCR race.

There will be:

  • A competitive 4K-5K course for age groups between 10 and 17.
  • A competitive 5K adult wave for 18 and 19 year olds.
  • A shorter non-competitive wave for six years and up.

There will be finisher medals for everyone who takes part, plus non-cash prizes and trophies for the podiums of the competitive waves.

Don’t forget to sign up to the British OCR Junior Championship Waves and not the Swanbourne Endeavour itself.

FAQs

What type of course should I expect?
The Swanbourne Endeavour is a classic British OCR race. Expect mud, water, trails and classic OCR obstacles. There may also be a few additional surprises thrown in for the Junior Championships.

How are the age groups broken down?
Currently there will be three age groups (10-13, 14-17 & 18-19). If registration is high these age groups may be broken down further into smaller age brackets.

Do you need to qualify?
No, and we welcome all levels and abilities for who would like to compete on a national level. We only ask that you help us to support the sport by registering your child as a UKOSF member.

My child isn’t 10 yet. Can they take part in the competitive wave?
Children born after August 31st 2013 can compete in a competitive wave even if they are not yet 10 years old. However, it is a parents responsibility to ensure their child is ready to undertake the required distance and obstacles. Children under this age will not be allowed to take part in a competitive wave. These children are encouraged to take part in a non-competitive wave. Children at this age enjoy taking part and racing without the need for results and podium winners.

Can my child take part in a non-competitive wave instead?
Yes, there will be non-competitive waves for children from at least six years and up.

Can I take part as a junior adaptive/para athlete?
Yes, please get in touch for further details.

I want to help develop youth participation in our sport. How can I help?
Firstly, you can help by simply being a UKOSF member. The federation needs to hit a threshold of members before we can start our official application with the UK Sports Councils. Once recognised we have the potential to access funding to support youth development.

Secondly, you can volunteer within one of our committees or help with the organising of the national championships itself.

Lastly, help us spread the word. We want to use the event to spearhead and increase junior participation in OCR. Please help us to spread the word with friends and schools for both the competitive and non-competitive waves. This is a great opportunity to showcase our sport to those who may not have participated in OCR before.

Will we see obstacles from other events?
We would love to see this happen, although it may be difficult as we would be unable to support an event with transportation and set up costs for their obstacles. This said, if an event is interested in supporting the event they can contact UKOSF for further details.

Will there be an adult British OCR Junior Championship?
Not in 2022 excluding the 18-19 year old wave. We felt it was important to showcase junior athletes in our country and promote the sport at a grassroots level. There are also a lot of existing ways for OCR participation as adults. We may host an event in 2023, but our first priority is to gain recognition as an official sport. The reason for this is that it has the potential to bring more funding into our sport and help to support OCR and ninja at both a grassroots and competitive level. The requirements for recognition will also help to make our sport safer, more accessible and stronger overall. If you are not already a member please consider joining us on our journey.

I run a business that would like to sponsor the event and help to develop junior athletes?
Please contact UKOSF for further details on sponsorship opportunities.