Sheffield obstacle racer wins Britain’s toughest challeng

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Eckington tough guy Conor Hancock has boosted his reputation as one of the world’s best obstacle racers by winning Britain’s toughest challenge.

He won the 28k Surrey Nuts Challenge over four 7k laps of the hardest assault course in the country, run by an ex-Army officer.

The 21-year-old won in three hours 42 seconds, smashing the race record of world champion Jonathon Albon, who won the 2014 race in 3-47.

And Conor, who runs for Muddy Racers, finished well clear of runner-up Ross McDonald, one of the top competitors in the country, who finished in 4-04.

Beating Albon’s record was all the sweeter. For Albon, the OCR World Champion and Spartan World Champion from Great Dunmow, in Essex is sponsored and trains full time in Norway.

But Conor has no funding so works full time as a scafolder and has to fit his training around work.

Albon didn’t run in Surrey because he was away in America and Conor said: “I wish he had been at the Surrey race because I’ve never beaten him. Each time we’ve met I’ve come closer and I’m sure I could have beaten him last week.”

Conor, a former Hallamshire Harriers runner, has produced a string of top class performances.

Highlight was eigth place in the world championships in Ohio last October.

The former Hallamshire Harrier also won the UK 18k Dirty Dozen Destroyer race.

He won and the inaugural 2014 Tough Guy Challenge and finished second in this year’s race - two minutes behind Abson.

Next up is this weekend’s Exeter Rock Solid Race.#

To sponsor Conor phone 07900 600975 or email conorlh@btinternet.com.