July 12th, 2019

As you may already be aware from the rumour mill in the UK obstacle racing community, a new federation/association was said to be on the horizon.  Social media has been awash with tom toms beating at the potential of a new federation/association  for obstacle course racing being launched in the United Kingdom. The beat of these drums has become louder as the potential launch time has drawn closer.

Today that wait ends with the introduction of the UK Obstacle Sports Federation (UKOSF), read more from their press release below:

New Federation recognised to support and promote UK OCR

UK Obstacle Sports Federation (UKOSF) is proud to announce that World OCR (aka FISO, Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles) has recognised and affiliated the new OCR Federation in the UK. UKOSF will be the UK’s official channel for athletes to get involved in EU and World OCR. The UKOSF is an independent, not for profit organisation, focusing on harmonising the industry across the UK and providing a unified structure in line with World OCR guidelines, and promoting the sport at grass roots through to elite level in the UK. The new Federation has been established to guide and support athletes, coaches, clubs, events and the sport itself. It is clear that OCR in the UK requires representation at the international level and the formation of UKOSF will provide this voice. “OCR in the UK has a fantastic community, which is actually the second largest in the world! We want everyone to be involved with UKOSF and are very excited to have this opportunity to support such an amazing group of people. We’re gathering pace now, and we’re happy to take feedback from all stakeholders and athletes.” Oner Avara, President of UKOSF.

Initial members of the UKOSF team are as follows:

Board Members
Oner Avara – President
Chris Evans MP – Director
Dr Mike Loosemore MBE – Director
Andrew Moshanov – Vice-President The Executive Team
Venessa Moffat – CEO
Murray Stewart – Head of Communications
Emma Waring – Youth Commission
Shaun Wilde – Development and Technical Commission

The initial members of the UKOSF look forward to welcoming further members from the OCR community to provide their voice on the additional committees that will be formed. Official Launch The official launch of the UKOSF will be in the form of a Town Hall meeting in London in September, which will be open to all members of the OCR community. Further details will be communicated via the website and social media in due course.

About the UKOSF The UK Obstacle Sports Federation (UKOSF) is an independent, national, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in the UK. As a member of the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO or World OCR), the UKOSF complies with all FISO eligibility criteria and will remain a member in good standing as outlined in the FISO Constitution and Bye-Laws. The UKOSF is seeking recognition from UK Sport and will work openly with all stakeholders to promote the sport, a healthy lifestyle, peace and harmony.

Our Mission
The mission of the UKOSF is to support and unite athletes, event providers and OCR clubs, to represent them and serve their needs and to promote sportsmanship.

Our Purpose

The purposes for which the UKOSF is established are as follows:
• to bring the OCR athletes of UK together and encourage them to use their status and experience to promote and develop the ideals of sportsmanship throughout United Kingdom.
• to represent and promote the interests of OCR athletes.
• to build an active membership dedicated to the mission and purpose of the UKOSF.
• to operate for charitable and educational purposes in harmony with the fundamental principles set forth in the FISO statutes.

For more details and to follow the federations progress you can see more at:

Editors Word:  So what do you think? I’d love to know your initial thoughts or concerns if you have any. Will the new federation be welcomed by the racers and races ? It would be fantastic to get your feedback on one of our posts.