WALES’ PREMIER Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) company iNVNCBL has announced Kidney Wales as it’s official charity partner ahead of its first event of the 2017 Gluco Triad, the incredibly popular Margam Park Mud Run, which will take place on March 4th.
Founded two years ago by former Newport Gwent Dragons Second Row Adam Jones and his wife Natasha Louca-Jones, iNVNCBL has gone from strength to strength, with their high-quality obstacle running events being recognised through a nomination for the top prize of Best Obstacle Race at the national 2017 Running Awards.
Adam and Natasha are keen to share the success of their events with leading Welsh charity Kidney Wales, with the family having a close personal connection to the cause.
“My father has suffered with renal failure and is currently on dialysis three times a week, and having seen the excellent work that Kidney Wales do, we were incredibly keen to support the charity in any way we can.
“We feel it is the perfect tie-up between two Welsh companies, and we are sure it will be a great success for both of us.” explained Adam.
With Obstacle Course Racing being one of the world’s fastest growing sports, The Gluco Triad series will see people of all fitness levels and backgrounds taking part, from elite athletes to first timers, individuals to groups and corporates, and for the first time this year, all age ranges, with the introduction of iNVNCBL Rookies Kids Races for children aged 4-13.
One of the key draws of the iNVNCBL races are that whilst they are tough, there are no punishments if you cannot complete an obstacle like in other OCR races, with the course being as hard as you want it to be, with emphasis on teamwork, fun and being as active as possible. As a result, iNVNCBL has enjoyed a phenomenal return rate, which has resulted in the continuous growth of their events.
The courses utilise the natural terrain of the Welsh countryside. As well as the mud of Margam Park, iNVNCBL were the first OCR event in the UK to take to the beach, with the sand dunes of Pembrey providing the backdrop for a spectacular course, with this year’s event taking place on July 1st.
October 28th will see the final event of the series come to the capital, with Cardiff hosting a special event for Halloween with the theme of Fears, where competitors will not only have to conquer over 30 obstacles across a 10km course, but also encounter some terrifying sights along the way.
Adam and Natasha work throughout the year to ensure each of the iNVNCBL events provide a variety of challenging environments. The iNVNCBL courses are designed, developed and
constructed over months and then adapted to work with the ever changing Welsh terrain.
With over 1400 people expected to take part at the first event in Margam Park including rugby legend Shane Williams, places are selling fast, and with all finishers (there is no time limit to finish, so this is as long as you need) receiving custom made t-shirts and medals, the event is expected to be fully subscribed in record time.
The tie-up with iNVNCBL marks the start of an exciting year ahead for Kidney Wales, as the charity celebrates its 50th anniversary.
As the leading Welsh charity for kidney patients in Wales, the work of Kidney Wales has dramatically improved the lives of patients across the country. Not only do they provide better facilities for patients within hospitals and dialysis units, and fund a Specialist Paediatric Renal Social Worker at the Children’s Kidney Centre, Kidney Wales were also the key drivers in the deemed consent law change which was passed in December 2015.
Kidney disease affects over 10,000 people in Wales, and is evident to be increasing year on year. It is a lifelong and life threatening illness which dramatically changes the life of the patients and their families. Living with the condition can involve lengthy dialysis sessions, sometimes 10 hours a day, EVERY DAY and then there is the long wait for a kidney transplant.
Head of Fundraising and Events for Kidney Wales, Danielle Angell Jones was delighted to be tying up with iNVNCBL, “We are so pleased to be partnered with the INVNCBL team for the 2017 series of events.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness of Kidney Disease across Wales, and to encourage our supporters to get involved with some new and exciting OCR events.
“All the money raised during the series of events will allow Kidney Wales to continue their fantastic work to support families and change the lives of kidney patients here in Wales.”
To find out more about the race series click here