Being used to fitness print magazines aimed exclusively at women, I doubted I’d find the Obstacle Race Magazine terribly interesting. Its cover highlights only 2-3 features included in each issue and to a newbie like me, they’re not very grabby. I’m pleased to report however, that I was fooled completely as because this magazine is chock-full of (actionable) content useful to OCR newbies and experienced racers alike.
The 116-page thick Obstacle Race Magazine (ORM) comes out once every two months. Although focused on the UK OCR landscape in terms of races reviewed and ads/advertorials featured, ORM would be interesting to people beyond these borders. Covering topics such as cold water training and rope-climbing, and featuring interviews with the top people in this sport, ORM is relevant to training for any obstacle race.
The ‘Letters Page’. This can give you a real boost if you’re just getting started in obstacle racing as it features stories from readers who were once at your level but are now killing it on the field.
Honourable mentions: mouth-watering recipe pages which have luckily been expanded in the latest issue and the ‘Mudstacle ramble’ by the team at Mudstacle. From a not particularly useful 2-page spread in the previous issue, this is now a solid 4-page takeover with interesting news and insights on the UK’s obstacle racing scene.
What a noob can get from it:
Race reviews – detailed and super useful when you’re deciding which races to tackle. Well over 200 races will be held in the UK this year, so it’s good to know which ones are worth the money and effort.
Advice on proper technique when it comes common obstacles such as rope-climbing or vertical jumps, to name but a few.
What an experienced OCR person can get from it:
ORM editor always brings in experienced racers which is great for inspiration if you’re looking to take your racing further. For example, they recently interviewed the Spartan Race World Champion, Jonathan Albon, and they frequently feature profiles of elite racers.
Combining race reviews and targeted ads, ORM is also a good way to find out about the less popular (not necessarily less interesting) races that are coming up.
Where to buy it:
The Obstacle Race Magazine is currently sold in select WHSmith stores only. In London, there’s a WHSmith shop which always stocks it – you’ll find it inside the Liverpool Street Station, right downstairs from the Bishopsgate exit. Alternatively, you can get a subscription like V – they pack goodies with it!
If you’re abroad, you can still get your hands on this magazine via their eBay shop: obstacle_race_magazine.