You wouldn’t be the only one to think that this young Whitby lady is a delicate little thing, but you would be very much mistaken.
This is Faye Caley, who is taking obstacle course racing (OCR) by storm. This is a sport where normal everyday people who work in banks, hospitals, factories, come together to put their grit to the test, to leave normal, easy every day modern life behind and find their primal roots.
Races can vary from 5km to marathon distance, two hours to 36 hours.
OCR pushes you to the edge of your limits. Through sand, mud and swamps, under water and barbed wire, over cargo nets, walls and hay bales, up ropes and ladders, into tunnels and tyres, though ice and fire, over and under and running with logs.
You need more than just physical endurance, you need mental and emotional courage. There will be no telling what will lay before you on a course.
New and wonderful obstacles get built every day. Some people go competitively solo, some enter as a team and some find a little help along the way from a total stranger, either way the close knit family of OCR will never leave anyone behind.
Faye (29) of George Street said: “I love the obstacles, it’s where I shine.
“My colleagues may joke I have a protein shake on my break instead of a Yorkshire tea, but my strength shows through on the courses.
“Spartan Race was my first OCR Love in 2012, one race was all it took for me to get hooked and it was there and then I decided to change the way I lived. Spartan Race was also where I had my first win last year when I decided to race competitively.
“Life before OCR meant that when I did a workout it was just for the sake of it, but life after OCR gave me a goal, a target. I wanted to be the best I could.
“I started running, sometimes even with a tyre or sandbag ... which gets me a few weird looks.
“I increased my body weight exercises and started training with TNT fitness locally. Turning the great outdoors into my new gym.
“I am so proud of what I have managed to achieve though competing in OCR, I’ve placed well in all my races, travelled the country, made amazing friends, met inspiring people, featured in some magazines, Joined Obstacle Kit Race Team with coach Tim Lovett and just last weekend, came 3rd Place Elite Lady in the UK OCR Championships which took place in Kent at Dirty Dozen Races.
“My achievements these past few months mean I have qualified for the very first World OCR Championships taking place in Cincinnati, USA, in three weeks’ time.”
Faye will pay for the trip herself, but she is looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help with costs and will be happy to have logos printed on her race kit.
If you are interested, you can email Faye@okrt.co.uk or contact her on Twitter @CaleDawg27
“It’s very exciting to have this opportunity and represent the UK in this sport,” she added.