Unbelievably, the Olympics end this Sunday. But never fear, if your appetite for obscure sport has yet to be sated you can look forward to the World Freerun Championships coming up on 3 September.
The interior of the Roundhouse in Camden will be transformed into a challenging urban landscape for the competition and 20 of the world's best freerunners will be showcasing their awesome skill, fearlessness and artistry with Britain represented by Pip Anderson and Tim Schieff . Each "life-stylist" will perform to their own soundtrack and be judged by their fellow athletes on their skill and "flow", presumably to the rapturous support of the audience.
The irony that a street based sport is being brought indoors and corporatised has not been lost on us, but the freerunners behind the event are keen to point out that they "make sure that we are comfortable with any commercial tie-ups and that they make sense for the freerun lifestyle. The clincher for us here is that Barclaycard’s global ambitions for the sport match our own.” For us, the opportunity to see the top exponents of this sport/art form at work in a contained setting is too tempting to eschew. The £20+ price tag on the tickets might make us think twice, however, when we could in theory spectate randomly, for free, on the Southbank at weekends but such is the way of the world. And here comes the giveaway!
For a chance at a pair of tickets, gratis, simply enter the competition below by 5pm August 29th. The winner will be notified by email that weekend.
What is the sport of Freerunning also known as?And here's a sneak preview of what to expect:
The Barclaycard World Freerun Championships will be held on 3 September at the Roundhouse, NW1 doors open 6pm. Tickets £20-22.50 from the Roundhouse.