The Hardest, Toughest & Most Brutal Obstacle Races

There’s plenty of Obstacle Races out there now and some are harder than others. So what makes them specifically tough?

By Rob Foulkes
on 10th February 2012
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There’s plenty of Obstacle Races out there now and some are harder than others. So what makes them specifically tough – well mostly the distance and the number of obstacles and the ‘race’ element. Remember – we’re a community so please comment on what you think is the toughest!

Spartan Beast

The hardest of their series, this is a 12 mile obstacle race with hills and obstacles. Not to be missed.

Why? The toughest of the Spartan Race series, a great medal and real challenge.


Tough Guy

In January at the coldest time of year. The original obstacle race you will be hit by freezing cold water, ice, obstacles and lots of pain.

Why? Lots of water and in January – this is cold pleasure at its best

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Nuts Challenge

Speak to most UK obstacle race goers and they will say the 28km Nuts Challenge is one of the toughest. Each lap is 7km and the challenge is to complete 4. It’s a fixed obstacle course but with the frequent water dips this makes it very tough with the cold getting to you. Give it a go if your super nuts! 17 miles of obstacles and no gimmicks- hell yeah!

Why? 4 laps of a 150 obstacle 7km course in March!

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Rat Race Dirty Weekend

20 miles across obstacles and obstacle zones. This is the ultimate challenge for obstacle racers wanting to take their racing to the next level.

Why? 20 miles long and lots of obstacles.

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Rat Race Man Vs Mountain

Start at sea level and run to the summit of Snowdon. Once you’re at the top it’s time to get back down and tackle an array of ruthless challenges. Obstacles include the man made variety of lake jumps, ascents, swimming and a vertical kilometre. 20 miles in total and organised by the Rat Race crew this looks epic!

Why? It’s 20 miles up Snowdon mountain and back. That’s a real achievement.