Madness? No, this is SPARTA!!!!!!!!

Marathons, triathlons, iron man triathlons, ultra-marathons- there are constantly new endurance tests being created.

Today I heard of a new one, and a new hero.

The endurance test is called a Spartan Race, after the famously badass Greek warriors, mythologized in 300.


The race is fairly short, only four miles, but what makes it tough are the obstacles you have to pass- wading through water, jumping fire, climbing nets, crawling under barbed wire, ice pits- all sorts of tough stuff that a sane person would choose to avoid. There are 25 obstacles to overcome during the race.

I’m sure everyone who completed a recent Spartan Race in Yorkshire felt pretty good about themselves at the finish line, telling themselves that they were a BAMF.

And well they should, but then they probably saw one of their fellow competitors and realized that as badass as they were, there was a considerably badder AMF on scene.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Lance Bombardier James Simpson.

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Simpson lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan back in ’09, but didn’t let this stop him and he completed the race with a time of just over four hours.

This is massively impressive as looking at some of the obstacles many able bodied people would struggle with.

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The race director, Richard Lee said that Simpson “stands for everything we believe in such as overcoming adversity and determination”, yeah, he also stands for heroism and badassery, so James Simpson, I salute you, you mad bastard.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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