TRUE GRIT: Adrian Jannenga carrying some weights up rocky terrain on his way to being crowned a world champion.
TRUE GRIT: Adrian Jannenga carrying some weights up rocky terrain on his way to being crowned a world champion. Contributed

A dream realised with victory

ENDURANCE: His grit and determination continues to amaze but Stanthorpe's Adrian Jannenga can now count himself as a world champion.

Last weekend he took part in the True Grit Obstacle Course Racing 24 hour Endurance World Championships, and won.

"True Grit is a military-inspired obstacle event designed by Australian special forces,” Jannenga said.

"This course was set out at 11.6 kilometres a lap, consisting of 30 obstacles which lead over very challenging terrain.

"Basically the ultimate test of mind, body and soul.”

The race was held at Lower Portland, Sydney and offered the option of racing solo or in a team of four.

"Alongside some dedicated athletes and good friends I've met through my obstacle course racing experiences around Australia - Liam, Sam, Cam and myself - we formed an extremely strong team called The Spice Boys.

Adrian Jannenga on the podium with his three team mates.
Adrian Jannenga on the podium with his three team mates. Contributed

"Lap for lap each we set out from 12pm, Saturday, June 8 until Sunday, 12pm, June 9. Basically to see however many laps we could do within the 24 hour period.

"I completed five laps in our teams total of 20 laps which secured our first place overall position, battling it out against other teams from Australia and the rest of the world.

"Our closest challenged team was by the Australian defence force.

"The course certainly tested my capabilities and mental strength.

"It was a very emotional experience finishing our last team laps after being awake for well over 30 hours.

"It felt amazing to represent Australia in the teams event claiming the victory and couldn't have happened without the dedicated support of my wife Jess on the pit crew.

"I will forever cherish moments like this as it's something I've always dreamt of as a child to become a world champion in a sport I absolutely love. The lessons and experiences along the way have been forever life changing,” Jannenga said.

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