Hastings ace beats world champion to claim victory

The Hy OCR team including Barry Buchanan (far-left), winner of the 7k race at The Nuts Challenge
The Hy OCR team including Barry Buchanan (far-left), winner of the 7k race at The Nuts Challenge

A talented athlete from Hastings beat a world champion to win a prestigious obstacle course racing event on Saturday.

Barry Buchanan, of Hy OCR, was victorious in the 7k sprint race at The Nuts Challenge in Dorking with a time of 48 minutes and 41 seconds.

He finished 11 seconds clear of runner-up James Burton, who won gold in the 35-39 age group - the same age as Buchanan - over 15k at the OCR World Championships last year.

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Two other Hy OCR team members also achieved splendid results at the same event, albeit over different distances.

Chris Shipley finished second overall in the four-lap 28k race in four hours, 20 minutes and 35 seconds. Shipley last year ran the whole coastline of Great Britain over a five-month period.

And David Milloy came second overall in the limitless race, where competitors are required to complete as many laps of a 35k course as they can in an eight-hour timeframe. Milloy got through five laps.

The Hy OCR team is sponsored by Hy Altitude Training.