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“Man of Steel” George to represent the UK


A 15-year-old Birchwood High School pupil has qualified to represent Team UK in this year’s Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in London in October.
It will be nothing new for George Houghton, from Locking Stumps, because he represented the UK in the 13-17 age category in the same championships in Canada last October.
He won three medals and was ranked 21st in the world for sprint distance – and back at Birchwood High he was dubbed “Man of Steel”
Obstacle Course Racing is becoming increasingly popular and consists of events such as Spartan, Born Survivor, Tough Mudder and Total Warrior.
George has been excelling in such events for some time, developing his fitness and skills and has had strong finishing positions, winning a number of junior competitions and moving on to complete a 15k adult event, coming first in the under-18 category.
In Canada last year he faced the challenge of carrying a 40kg atlas ball for 7k and then taking part in a 15k race – a tough challenge for anyone but even more so when you weigh only 50kg.


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