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About Us

Blackout Squad is a non-profit sports club dedicated to encouraging people of African origin to participate in OCRs and other outdoor fitness events. We first came together in 2016 as a group of OCR newbies scared witless by the unknown challenges of Tough Mudder, but having successfully conquered that, we’ve continued to tackle other events like Rough Runner, Spartan Race, Nuclear Races and more.

Our Manifesto

We believe

  • that improved health is possible no matter what your level of fitness is today
  • that we can achieve more together than we can on our own
  • the gym is not the only way to get in shape

We value

  • effort, not excuses
  • respect, not rudeness
  • camaraderie, not cliquishness
  • banter, not bullying
  • support, not selfishness
  • encouragement, not enforcement
  • Challenge, not comfort

We’re committed to

  • supporting people of African origin to improve their personal health and well-being through group training and individual challenges;
  • increasing the participation and visibility of members of our communities across outdoor fitness events and competitions;
  • challenging negative stereotypes applied against age, gender and culture;
  • supporting charitable causes that benefit our communities;
  • providing a safe, welcoming environment for members to develop positive social relationships.


From relaxed fun runs to the most challenging obstacle course races, we participate in events suitable for all fitness levels. Get in touch whether you want to run in a specific event, or aren’t sure where to begin.

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We run weekly group training sessions throughout the year across a range of parks and outdoor facilities around London. Our regime is a combination of running, bodyweight exercises and HIIT circuits designed to both improve general fitness and to prepare our members for the specific challenges of completing OCRs.

Our sessions are open to anyone, but guests are invited to contribute £2 a session to help support our operating costs, while regular attendees are invited to subscribe as full members to enjoy additional benefits. As a family-friendly group, members and guests are welcome to bring children along — all participants under the age of 18 can attend for free.

In addition to our group sessions, we also organise regular running and strength challenges to help our members stay consistently active and motivated.

Contact Us

Interested in signing up for an event, improving your fitness or just learning more about what we do? We’d love to hear from you.