It was a weekend full of running, crawling and climbing as 4,500 participants took on the very first Twickenham Stadion Race, with 75 super Spartan’s doing it in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

On Friday night and all day Saturday, the iconic Twickenham Stadium played host to the Twickenham Stadion Race, an amazing 5K challenge from Spartan Race UK asking participants of all ages and abilities to face the course complete with 20 exciting obstacles.

Our sensational Shooting Star Spartans leapt over 7 ft hurdles, carried sandbags and 25L jerry cans, ran up and down the famous ramps to the top tier, clambered over the 30ft cargo net, climbed ropes and jumped over fire as they took on the 5km course around the famous stadium.

Six-year-old Alex, his four-year-old sister Maisie and their six-year-old friend Jessica took on the Spartans Kids Race in memory of their baby cousin Jack who died in May, aged just 26 days old.

Amy, Alex and Maisie’s mum said, “When they were asked if they wanted to take on the challenge and raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices who cared for their baby cousin, they didn’t hesitate to say yes. They’re very active, outdoorsy children and got really excited watching some videos of other Spartan Kids Races beforehand.

“The children loved it – I’m really proud of them all, especially Maisie as she was one of the youngest there and some of the obstacles must have seemed daunting for her. All three of them did so well and are already talking about taking part next year!”

Maisie said, “I loved the big climbing frame because it was so big. I got scared at the top but was happy at the bottom when I did it!”

Alex said, “I really liked it all but climbing up the rope and hitting the bell was my favourite obstacle. I took my medal into school to show my class and they were all impressed and wanted to see it!”

Between them the triumphant trio have raised an amazing £788.75.

For a donation to the charity, other participants taking on the challenge were treated to tailored massages to ease their muscles by Clinic 4 Sport, as well as a chance to practice their spear throwing technique in preparation for the real thing and have their very own Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Spartan inspired temporary tattoo!

Alexa Dizon, Head of Challenge Events said, “It was amazing be part of the first ever Twickenham Stadion Race as official charity partners of Spartan Race UK. It was great to see all our super Spartan’s taking on the obstacles with smiles on their faces, working in teams to help one another through the various challenges.  A huge thank you must go out to everyone who made it possible and in particular everyone who took on the race – their support will ensure we can continue to provide the vital care to families across Surrey and London who are facing the unimaginable.”

And it’s not too late to donate – simply Text MUD to 70085 to donate £5 or click here to donate.