Former World, European and Commonwealth Games champion Kriss Akabusi was quick off the starting blocks to help children’s medical research charity Sparks and funky clothing brand Royal & Awesome for the inaugural Sparks SpeedGolf Challenge. New for 2015, the event is challenging golfers to complete 18 holes of golf as fast as they can, with all UK golf clubs eligible to take part.
Former 400m hurdles star Akabusi is fronting the race against the clock, which is taking place throughout the summer, with colourful clothing brand Royal & Awesome providing prizes for some of the country’s top performers. Golfers are encouraged to pledge £10 and challenge fellow club members for the top of the clubhouse scoreboard, or, alternatively, invited to compete in the national leaderboard against golfers across the UK.
SpeedGolf is a faster, more athletic version of golf which involves playing a round in the lowest possible number of shots, combined with the time taken to run the golf course. For example, shooting a round of 90 in a time of 70 minutes and 21 seconds would give a Speedgolf score of 160.21.
Akabusi, who won ten medals at major championships during a glittering track career including five golds, said, “Good luck! I love my Royal and Awesomes and hope everyone competing enjoys the challenge.” To register for the Sparks Awesome SpeedGolf Challenge, visit www.sparks.org.uk/golfchallenge