“If I can do this, anyone can” says super-fit Spartan challenger June, aged 66
With Spartan Race Aston Down on the horizon, this Wiltshire Mum joins competitors from 27 countries flying in to brave mud and fire at the Gloucestershire venue infamous for steep hills and beautiful countryside views.
Drawing on the surrounding steep hills known as ‘Death Valley’, the popular event will challenge participants – including June – to wade through muddy bogs, scale slippery, 8-foot ramps, clamber up 25-foot-high cargo nets, lug 10kg sandbags up steep hills, climb 15-foot ropes, throw a spear, crawl under barbed wire on their tummies, then leap a ‘fire jump’ finale over blazing logs.
Due to celebrate her birthday just one week before her Spartan debut, June Butlin said
“I haven’t done a Spartan race before. I am 66 years-old and train every day, so I am hoping it will be fine and an amazing experience.
People come up to me and say they are amazed at how fit I am. I’m the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life. If I can do this, anyone can. I have been training hard pushing the barrier forwards, proving that you can get stronger, fitter and more agile as you get older.”
“I know how to train without getting exhausted. When I showed my sons I can hold a hand-stand for 15 seconds, I think they were quite impressed.I train 90 minutes daily on weekdays, double that on weekends. I do CrossFit, I swim twice a week, play squash only once a week, run three times a week, eight miles as I don’t do long runs, and I train with a 7kg weight vest on the hour-long Insanity Asylum workouts. I’ve always been active.”
“We believe June is one of the oldest and fittest British racers to ever tackle this event, and we admire her true Spartan spirit. That said, we of course welcome competitors of all ages and generations.
The sport of obstacle course racing is exploding worldwide and we’re incredibly excited to be returning to Aston Down for our third outing. It’s a course which is hugely popular with our racers who come in all different shapes and sizes and are running for all different reasons, whether it’s to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support (our official charity oartner), lose a few pounds, or take on a new challenge.
We’ve had record attendances at our first two races, including a sell-out at our opening race of the season at St Clere Estate in Kent, and our debut race in Ireland. We’ve got races suitable for everyone at Aston Down, including kids. It’s set to be epic – we’ll see our racers there!”
There’s still time to enter either the Sprint or Super at Aston Down, or if you fancy a Spartan Race a bit later in the year, use code SPARTANKEITH for 25% off open wave entry.