The best competitions for UK Masters on these shores (and a little bit beyond…)

Please feel free to suggest additions and even reviews (just a few lines will do!) – you can do this in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom.

This is not a calendar, if you want one of those go to UK Throwdown Calendar. Details are subject to change – please check organiser’s websites in the links provided.

The competitions have been organised into:

Masters Only Individuals

Individuals with a Masters Category

Competitions for Pairs/ Teams

Masters Only Individuals

Raising the Bar


2017 Update!


Who? Athletes aged 40 and over. Head over to the 2016 leaderboard to see who competed and who won last time.

What? The specific age categories are: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-60 and 60+, all workouts are scaled for each age category.
There are no qualifiers but places are limited.

Where? The 2017 competition will again be at Reebok CrossFit 3D, in Trafford Park, Manchester.

When? As always, this sold out within minutes (seconds?) of going live! The 2017 competition will be held over 2 days (10 and 11 June). Follow their facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out for 2018!

Why? Now into their fifth year, Raising the Bar is the only competition of its kind in Europe aimed specifically at Masters Athletes and they’ve got it spot on.

Links: facebook


2017 Update! 2017 is the last year for Masterclasses – it will not run in the future

MasterClasses 2017
Males and Females Two Levels of Ability – Upper Class and Middle Class
35 to -39, 40 to 44, 45 to -49, 50 plus+ (50+ plus females is one group no upper or middle class for this category)
3 Online Qualifiers . 8am Mon 26th June . 8am Mon 3rd July ., 8am Mon 10th July)
Top 10 in Each Category Qualifiy for Automatic Qualification Places
6 Wildcard Places in Each Category Chosen from top 30 Placed Athletes
2 Live Grand Finals at Reebok CrossFit Reading
Upper Class Final Saturday 12th August .- Middle Class Final Sunday 13th August


Who? Ages 35+ with two categories – Middle Class and Upper Class. Head over to the 2016 leaderboard to see who competed and who won last time.

What? A Masters only competition that ran for the first time in 2016 with 3 online qualifiers and a grand final.

Where? In 2017, the Grand Final will be in Reading.

When? In 2017, Upper Class Final Saturday 12th August .- Middle Class Final Sunday 13th August.

Why? From the team who brought you Scale The Heights, this will challenge you at the right level (as long as you enter the right category!).

Links:website facebook

Rainhill Masters Trials (Masters at War)

2017 Update! 


The Rainhill Masters Trials will take place over two days on the weekend of October 14th/15th 2017 at the Indoor Athletics Arena at SportCity in Manchester. There will be two different events over the weekend:




Who? Masters Mixed pairs event originally but now re-branded as the ‘Masters Trials’ with a Rainhill Trials format for individual masters.

Last year’s successful pairs can be found on the 2016 leaderboard.

Where? In 2016 it was at TRAIN Manchester, moving over to SportCity in 2017.

When? October 14th/15th

Why? It’s sure to be a slick, well organised affair – just as you might expect from the Rainhill Trials team.

Links: Facebook Website

Welsh Throwdown – Masters Throwdown


Who? 4 different Masters categories
What? Organised by CrossFit Pen-Y-Bont the details for this throwdown appear on their facebook page (I can’t find a webage).
Where? In the box at CrossFit Pen-Y-Bont
When? The Masters Throwdown is on 17th june 2017
Why? No qualifiers, so just sign up via e-mail and take part!

Links: facebook

Individuals with a Masters Category

Scale the Heights

2017 update! 2017 is the last year for StH- it will not run in the future


2017 will be the third, but final, year for Masterclasses.

Who? Individual Male & female Masters 45+ (The competition also has a category for the younger folk). Head over to the 2016 leaderboard to see who competed and who won last time.


What?  The format includes online qualifiers, automatic qualification places and hundreds of Wildcard places to reward those who do not qualify automatically. Scale the Heights are a series of fitness events designed to enable novices and experienced competitors the opportunity to get to a live event and compete against each other in front of an enthusiastic audience driven on by live music.

Where? In 2017, Semi-Finals will be in Leeds and Reading. The final is in Reading, too.

When? 2017 – Online Qualifiers start 1st May. Semis are in June and the final at Rush Skate Park is on 10th September. Entrance is already open.

Why? Great inclusivity with the wildcards and some really strong entrants in 2016, the Masters division was the highlight of the event! Next year, who knows what madness will ensue, but with a skatepark as a venue for the event this should be as much as fun as ever!

Links:website facebook

Battle of Britain Throwdown


Who? Male and Female Masters 40+ (top 24 from online qualifiers invited to the final). 2016 winners were:


Here’s the 2016 qualifiers leaderboard.

Where? 2017 – The Birmingham International Futsal Arena, UK.

When? 2017 – Online Qualifiers are now over.


Why? The great t-shirts for qualifiers are one reason….


And if that’s not enough, all podium finishers will get a Dynamic Shield Weighted Vest!

Links: facebook website instagram

The Glacier Games – Meltdown


Who?  Details of categories for 2017 are yet to be confirmed
What? Outdoor individuals competition.
Where? Held at the Gateshead International Stadium.
Why? Cathy Wilson recommended this series of comps, saying:
“Always really well run, workouts don’t kill you and they try to bring new elements to the workouts where they can.
They have qualifiers for the comps but well worth it. And one of the few comps that offer cash prizes.” Cathy Wilson

Links: Facebook Website

BodyPower Games


“What CrossFitter wouldn’t want to compete in front of over 100,000 people at the world’s largest indoor consumer fitness event?” – Bodypower Expo Website

Who? Masters (35+) and Masters (40+)

What? BodyPower is a Fitness Expo based in the UK (it takes place  over the 12-14th may 2017). There are initial qualifiers (online WoD) which costs £5.

Where? At the Birmingham NEC

When? Saturday 13th may 2017 – Individuals incl. Masters

Why? If the thrill of competing in front of a large audience doesn’t do it for you, they also have the promise of cash prizes and 2x Competition tees for everyone who qualifies.

Check out: Christian Loyer’s Vlog of his 2016 experience. 2016 Qualifiers Leaderboard

Links: facebook website

Celtic Series


Three events across the year, each with Masters categories.

Celtic Series explained

Why? Competitive exercising and travel (unless you live in N.Ireland or the Republic)! A comprehensive set of Masters categories!

Celtic Tribes – Rookies

Who?  Rookie / scaled individuals with categories 35+ to 60+

What? Celtic Tribes features two events on the same day. A mixed teams event and a rookie individuals with categories 35+ to 60+

Where? Virginia, County Cavan, Ireland.

When? 22nd April 2017

Celtic Games


Who? Individuals – All age groups, same as open, so 35+ onwards…

What? Aimed at intermediate to advanced athletes. Athletes qualify based on scores in the CF Open -submit 3 cf open scores before March 31st.

Where? Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim

When? 29th & 30th, July 2017

Why? €2000 cash prizes for masters.

Competitions for Teams / Pairs

Form Fitness Series – Masters Same Sex Pairs


Who? Masters Mixed pairs event. You must be 35+ and the age categories (ages added together) are: 70-79 / 80-89 / 90-99 / 100+

What? 4 challenging WODs. Scaling will apply through the 4 age categories although some workouts will have different point values attached to each movement to allow those with the higher skills to still be able to showcase them.

Where? Form, Leeds.

When? This occurred on Saturday November 12th 2016

Why? New kid on the block, but the social media comments were great!

Links: Website

Wild West Throwdown


What? Wild West Fitness is three separate annual team fitness competitions:

Winter Slam (25/26 Feb 2017) is a two-day event for three-person same sex teams with a separate men’s and women’s competition (plus Masters), taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Wild West (22/23 July 2017) is a weekend-long fitness competition for teams of four athletes – two male and two female (plus Masters) – staged every summer at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Fusion (In 2016, 24 September) is a one-day pairs competition with three separate categories – mixed, male and female (plus Masters).

No qualifiers for these events.The aim is mass participation and they are run by the team at Reebok Crossfit Gleevum.

Why? No qualifiers so anyone can participate!

Check Out: Past results and the media pages to find videos of what to expect.

Links: facebook  website

Coalition Games


The 160’s category was created to highlight and acknowledge the Teams with older athletes. Unlike many “Masters” events there will not be any scaled options. It is our belief that there are athletes aged 35 plus who have the ability to compete on a level playing field with the open category.

Who? Team event (four members – 2 male / 2 female). The 160 category is aimed at Masters (All athletes in the 160 category must be 35 and over from the 22nd October and have an accumulative age of over 160 on the 22nd October. )

What?  Spread across two days this October, athletes register on Friday evening ready to throw down on Saturday and Sunday. The aim of the competition is to be mostly inclusive, however some WODs in the early stages may have technically advanced movements but these will not have to be carried out by all team members. In the later stages of the event including the final, all team members may be required to participate in the workout. If at any point no team members are able to carry out a movement, they will be able to scale, but their score will not count.

Where?  Cardiff. The venue, the Cardiff City House of Sport boasts “sublime sporting facilities, which are perfect for functional workouts and group activities”.

When? 16TH – 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Why? An elite level competition, which is accessible to the entire fitness community.

Links: Website 2016 Leaderboard

Rainhill Masters Trials (Masters at War)

For details see the entry under Masters Only Individuals but they also have a MIXED sex pairs event over the weekend (which was where the event started out as Masters at War).



Celtic Cup


Who?  Mixed teams of 3 (at least one male/female) with a Masters (35+) category.
What? Knockout Tournament
Where? National Show Centre, Dublin.
When?  Finals Date: 21st Jan, 2017. Qualifiers for the 2017 final (21st Jan, 2017) took place in November 2016.
Why? Competitive exercising and travel! A comprehensive set of Masters categories!


The Glacier Games – Ice Age / The Thaw


Who?  Pairs (Ice Age is same sex / The Thaw is mixed) with a combined age of 80+ to qualify for the Masters division.
What? The UKs biggest pairs competitions to date.
Where? Held at the indoor arena at Gateshead International Stadium.
When? Ice Age last year was December 2016, with qualifiers in October and The Thaw was in March 2017 (qualifiers Jan / Feb).
The Thaw leaderboard for 2017 was:
Why? Cathy Wilson recommended this series of comps, saying:
“Always really well run, workouts don’t kill you and they try to bring new elements to the workouts where they can.
They have qualifiers for the comps but well worth it. And one of the few comps that offer cash prizes.” Cathy Wilson

Don’t forget to suggest additions and even reviews (just a few lines will do!) – you can do this in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom.


Despite Brexit lots of UK Masters compete in competitions across Europe and I’ll be adding a blog post listing some of the more notable ones.

Read a review of the Netherlands Throwdown 2017.

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