Lowestoft’s Joanne Ogogo to represent UK in obstacle course world championships

Joanne Ogogo is set to represent the UK in the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn

Joanne Ogogo is set to represent the UK in the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn - Credit: Archant

A women is set to follow in the footsteps of her siblings and represent her country at the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships.

Joanne Ogogo is set to represent the UK at the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn

Joanne Ogogo is set to represent the UK at the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn - Credit: Archant

Joanne Ogogo, 32, of Carlton Colville, will travel to Canada in October to take part in the four day event.

Miss Ogogo's younger brother Anthony Ogogo won bronze in boxing at the London 2012 Olympics and her sister has also represented the nation in the sport.

She said: 'I didn't think I would ever get the chance to represent my country. My brother did, my sister did. Finally I have found a sport for me.'

The OCR World Championships consists of three races; 3K, 15K and team relay that test runners speed, strength and technical ability.

Joanne Ogogo is set to represnt the UK at the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn

Joanne Ogogo is set to represnt the UK at the OCR World Championships. Picture: Helen Quinn - Credit: Archant


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Miss Ogogo is set to feature in the 3K and team relay. She started competing three years ago 'as a bit of fun' but has since been promoted to elite status.

'It's similar to Ninja Warrior but much tougher', she said.

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The challenge is part of the attraction for Miss Ogogo.

'You go through so many different emotions in one race,' she said. 'You are pushed mentally and physically.'

'I've never got that feeling from anything else. You see maps of the course and you don't believe that you will be able to do it. Then you do.'

At the recent OCR qualifiers in Essex, Miss Ogogo was the sixth female to cross the line and 14th overall out of 600 competitors.

The mother-of two, who trains at Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft, said: 'I want to be the best OCR runner in the UK. My goal is to get on the podium in Canada.

'I want to inspire people and get the message across that it doesn't matter about your ability or starting point you can always work towards something.'

Miss Ogogo is seeking sponsorship for the event, having already purchased flights and accommodation.

She said: 'I feel Lowestoft is underrepresented. I just want a name on the back of my shirt. I am proud to come from Lowestoft and I want to represent it.'

If you are interested in sponsoring Joanne, call her on 07851080947 or email omoyemenojo@hotmail.com

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