The Spartan Champ
Jade Ross rocked Hong Kong’s second Spartan Sprint in April 2017 with an impressive winning time of 40 minutes. Currently 4th in the Spartan world rankings, she’s run more than 30 Spartan races since she began extreme racing in 2013 (including seven this year) and completed the Spartan Trifecta - a Sprint, a Super and a Beast.
Why you should race: People want to see what they’re made of, if they’ve got enough grit to succeed - and they’re addictive. Once you do one, you’ll be back for more. Don’t think that you’re not fit enough or one day you’ll do one - you can do this.
How to train: I think the ideal prep time is six-eight weeks before a race. I run at least three times a week, from six to 12 kilometres each time. I mix that with high-intensity functional fitness sessions a few times per week too.
Which obstacles are the hardest? Carrying is always the hardest, particularly the bucket carry. I don’t weigh much so I’m often carrying more than half my weight which is pretty hard sometimes.