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March 25, 2015

Back in January 2015, Tough Mudder announced they were removing t shirts to allow them to invest more in building obstacles. There was public outcry with our poll all 96% of you stating it was NOT a good idea. This and other news stories was all fedback to Tough Mudder.

Although this wasn’t enough, it appears that the first Tough Mudder’s without t-shirts didn’t go down as expected. With the ‘experienced ruined’ they are now back and these participants will get them sent in the post.

In its fifth year Tough Mudder redefined itself in January with new obstacles as well as updates to previous favourites. This included their own version of Tear Gas where participants will crawl through a zone pumped with the gas.

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March 14, 2015

Tough Mudder presents Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder the 1 mile course is specifically designed for kids  over 1.1m (3.5 foot tall).

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out

Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds.

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Hay Bales

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Tunnels of Terror

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Don’t Get Slimed

Minin Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed.

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Gooey Shoes

Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping.

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Secret Agent Squeeze

Mini Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

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March 14, 2015

Tough Mudder presents Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder the 1 mile course is specifically designed for kids  over 1.1m (3.5 foot tall).

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds. Tough Mudder Kids_8   Hay Bales Tough Mudder Kids_7   Tunnels of Terror Tough Mudder Kids_2 Don’t Get Slimed

Mini Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed. Tough Mudder Kids Gooey Shoes Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping. Tough Mudder Kids_6 Secret Agent Squeeze Mini Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

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March 9, 2015

Yorkshire Mini Mudders get ready for your chance to get muddy!

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out

Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds.

Tough Mudder Kids_8

 

Hay Bales

Tough Mudder Kids_7

Tunnels of Terror

Tough Mudder Kids_2

Don’t Get Slimed

Mini Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed.

Tough Mudder Kids

Gooey Shoes

Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping.

Tough Mudder Kids_6

Secret Agent Squeeze

Mini Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

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March 9, 2015

Tough Mudder presents Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder the 1 mile course is specifically designed for kids  over 1.1m (3.5 foot tall).

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out

Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds.

Tough Mudder Kids_8

Hay Bales

Tough Mudder Kids_7

Tunnels of Terror

Tough Mudder Kids_2

Don’t Get Slimed

Mini Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed.

Tough Mudder Kids

Gooey Shoes

Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping.

Tough Mudder Kids_6

Secret Agent Squeeze

Mini Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

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March 9, 2015

Tough Mudder presents Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder the 1 mile course is specifically designed for kids  over 1.1m (3.5 foot tall).

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out

Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds.

Tough Mudder Kids_8

Hay Bales

Tough Mudder Kids_7

Tunnels of Terror

Tough Mudder Kids_2

Don’t Get Slimed

Mini Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed.

Tough Mudder Kids

Gooey Shoes

Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping.

Tough Mudder Kids_6

Secret Agent Squeeze

Mini Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

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March 5, 2015

Tough Mudder presents Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder the 1 mile course is specifically designed for kids  over 1.1m (3.5 foot tall).

Obstacles include:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out

Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey with in come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-frame

Mini Mudders will pull themselves up using ropes and hand holds.

Tough Mudder Kids_8

 

Hay Bales

Tough Mudder Kids_7

 

Tunnels of Terror

Tough Mudder Kids_2

Don’t Get Slimed

Mini Mudders will try to keep the bucket steady to avoid getting splashed.

Tough Mudder Kids

Gooey Shoes

Mini Mudders will walk across a slimy, slippery surface and avoid slipping.

Tough Mudder Kids_6

Secret Agent Squeeze

Minin Mudders will feel like 007 as they slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap.

 

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February 10, 2015

Now the kids can have fun with Tough Mudder announcing a kids course at every event throughout the UK. 2015 sees the launch (currently just UK, US & Ireland) of Mini Mudder, or to give it its official title: Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder to form a partnership with Britvic and their range of kids drinks.

This brings the Mudder empire up to 4 events: Tough Mudder, a ten to twelve mile military-style obstacle course challenge. Mudderella, a five to seven mile obstacle course experience designed for women, by women. Urban Mudder, five mile city-based obstacle course, replacing mud and shocks with music, innovative obstacles and a day long festival. (Just announced, coming to the UK 2016, more details soon). Mini Mudder, one mile, kid friendly obstacle course for children aged seven to twelve and 1.1m (3.5 foot) tall and over.

Tough Mudder Kids_7Image credit www.toughmudder.co.uk

The assault course promises to be exciting with scaled down versions of the ones Mum & Dad are tackling such as:

Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out – Here your Mini Mudder will need to let the monkey in them come alive as they try out varying levels of monkey bar technique.

A-Frame Adventure – Climbing up and over an a-frame using ropes on one lap and hand holds on the next. There are also some Tunnels of Terror and a Crazy Climb (over hay bales).

Tough Mudder Kids_8 Image credit www.toughmudder.co.uk

However whilst some of the obstacles sound like standard fair, they have clearly taken some inspiration from the Crystal Maze and other children’s daytime TV classics and with a course of just a mile it won’t be long until the jump head first into:

Don’t Get Slimed – Try and avoid getting splashed with an unknown radioactive liquid while testing agility and speed (Slime contains non-Newtonian fluid made from natural and non-harmful materials).

Gooey Shoes – Get your shot to walk across a slimy, slippery surface without slipping.

Secret Agent Squeeze – Feel like your very own 007 as you slip through the cracks of this ‘laser’ maze with different traps on each lap

Tough Mudder KidsImage credit www.toughmudder.co.uk

Now whilst some of this just sounds like there is going to be some extra washing to be done when we get home, and let’s face it the post mud-run wash-down is our least favourite bit of the day, it does sound like our little ones are going to come home sporting a smile as big as ours! Having chilled out in the family only recreation area and enjoyed some Fruit Shoot samples they will also have a matching headband to hang next to Mum & Dads.

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The price is going to be £20 (with £1 going to charity), however if you sign up to a Tough Mudder Main Event prior to February 16th (midnight local) on the 24th you will received a code for one free Mini Mudder entry. See the Tough Mudder Limited Time Offer.

I for one will be keeping a close eye on this and other kids races, anything that can help the whole family have a great day out is surely beneficial to the whole community, Tough Mudder was my wife’s favourite event of 2014 as the spectator map allowed her to keep an easy track of me, maybe this will keep us coming back in 2022 when my mini Muddy Racer is old enough.

For more info check out Tough Mudder events here

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January 30, 2015

In an increasingly crowded market of races billing themselves as the “toughest”, “hardest”, “most likely to have you crying for your mother”, it’s very difficult to pick the wheat from the chaff in terms of which races are going to be really testing. “Tough” is obviously a relative concept and will mean different things to different people, but we think that all these events have a core of inner steel which will challenge everyone who steps up to their start lines.

Rat Race Dirty Weekend – 20 miles

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20 miles. 200 obstacles. That’s all you need to know really isn’t it? 20 miles off road is a big ask for anyone, but throw endless imaginative, enormous and challenging obstacles into the mix (this race is so big that the obstacles are divided into themed zones) and you’ve got yourself a race whose credentials no one can question. The Burghley House site claims the title of the world’s biggest assault course. What other reason do you need to have a go?

Sign up at www.ratracedirtyweekend.com (use code MUDDYRACE10 to save 10%)

The Nuts Challenge – 28km

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With its permanent, high quality 7km obstacle course, the Nuts Challenge could have been content to simply run a great short distance event. Instead they chose to think big and offer multiple laps of the course with the best competitors trying to knock out a full four to achieve the title of “Tough Nut”. It’s not just the grueling challenge of getting your legs to travel the full 28km that merits this event’s inclusion in the list – it’s the psychological burden of going round the same course again and again with a tailor-made opportunity to quit early every time you pass the finish line. Tough, indeed.

Sign up at www.thenutschallenge.co.uk

Tough Guy – 15km

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Tough Guy were running their event when many of today’s race directors were still in short trousers and with their pedigree of almost 30 years’ experience they continue to maintain a highly idiosyncratic, old-school approach to obstacle racing. Expect around 250 tough obstacles over the 15km with heights, fire, electricity and confined spaces all making regular appearances. It’s the genesis of our sport and it still packs an almighty punch with its early February date adding extreme cold to an already long list of challenges.

Sign up at www.toughguy.co.uk

Rat Race Man v Mountain – 20 miles

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It’s not strictly an OCR, but I hope no one will quibble with its inclusion here. A 20 mile run to the top of Snowden (an ascent of 1,100 vertical metres), and back down again (watch those knees!) with the addition of a number of OCR style challenges at the end. When else are you going to get to climb a mountain, abseil off a bridge, jump into a lagoon, dive under a submerged cage and climb some walls all in the same day? It’s not your average Saturday. For those tough enough to step up to the challenge it’s an experience never to be forgotten.

Sign up at www.ratracemanvmountain.com (use code MUDDYRACE10 to save 10%)

Judgement Day Bordon – 10 miles

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There is an increasing trend for race organisers to demand more from their participants than simply negotiating fixed obstacles and distance – after all, why just run up a hill when you can run up it carrying a tyre/sandbag/other absurdly heavy and barely portable object?! Judgement Day Bordon took this principle to another level with tyre carries, tyre drags, a sand bucket carry and an epic sandbag slog which required racers to lug the wet 30kg lumps over a wall and under barbed wire. For anyone not sick of the sight of them, you also got the opportunity to buy your sandbag at the end of the race to recreate those “just please kill me now” moments at home.

Sign up at www.judgement-day.co.uk (use code MUDDYRACE10 to save 10%)

RockSolidRace – 15km

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Tough doesn’t have to mean po-faced and RockSolidRace take their obligations with regards to after-race fun as seriously as they do their obstacles, with the epic afterparty and onsite pub drawing in crowds of OCR-addicts. Underestimate this course at your peril however – it’s one of the most varied out there with 50 obstacles over its 15km length, including some that you won’t find anywhere else. The Green Mile timed section forces everyone with an ounce of competitive spirit in their bodies to use up precious reserves at any early stage, the uphill sack race will obliterate any happy childhood memories you may have had of Sports Day and the Muddy Dunk will give you mud-related nightmares for weeks to come. You’re going to need a pint after this one.

Sign up at www.rocksolidrace.com

Spartan Beast – 20km Spartan-Beast-Fire

One word elevates Spartan Races to a different level from most of their competitors: burpees. The rule is simple: fail an obstacle and you do 30 of them. Yes, you read that correctly. There are 25 plus obstacles on Spartan’s Beast distance races, including all the nasties which are easy for even the best racers to come a cropper on – traverse walls, rope climbs and weight hoists just for starters. Complete 80% of the course perfectly and your burpee count is still going to be in triple figures which is not going to help you on the brutal hills and trail running sections of Spartan’s ultimate event.

Sign up at www.spartanraceuk.uk

Tough Mudder – 10 to 12 miles

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It’s fashionable to be a bit dismissive of Tough Mudder as the “corporate” face of OCR, but, love them or hate them, there’s no denying that their financial muscle means that they create innovative, tough courses and when they debut a new obstacle, EVERYONE wants to know about it. A 10 – 12 mile course is never going to be a walk in the park and Tough Mudder are big on the psychological strength required to complete their courses; with high jumps, electricity, ice and confined spaces like the cage crawl, those that cross the finish line can revel in the fact that they faced up to their demons and won.

Sign up at www.toughmudder.co.uk

 Dirty Dozen Destroyer – 18km

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Home of the UK OCR Championship, Dirty Dozen don’t do gimmicks. They do big, scary, hard obstacles. Expect walls, crawls, carries and more walls, with every obstacle testing the brute strength of the competitors and plenty of hard running to sap the legs in-between. One of the few races which have a “celebrity” face in that of Doug “the Beard” Spence, their race director, Dirty Dozen resolutely plough their own furrow of tough uncompromising courses which promise to leave you aching and bruised.

Sign up at www.dirtydozenraces.co.uk (use code MUDDYRACE10 to save 10%)

Nuclear Oblivion – 42km

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What’s better than doing a lap of Nuclear Race’s awesome permanent Essex course? Doing three and a half laps and completing an obstacle marathon of course! Nuclear Races have spent 2014 establishing themselves as one of the class acts of UK obstacle racing and their new Oblivion option, debuting at Nuclear Rush in May 2015, promises to provide one of the biggest challenges in next year’s race calendar. Plenty of people are going to want to sign up just to get three goes on the iconic Deathslide.

Sign up at www.nuclear-races.co.uk

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January 13, 2015

For the past few weeks the mighty Tough Mudder have been teasing the world with what promised to redefine Tough Mudder, with brand new obstacles for 2015.

After weeks in the obstacle laboratory TM have released their new obstacle designs, some brand new, some updated and others had been seen at World’s Toughest Mudder. The obstacles have been designed to test mental strength and grit – here’s what to expect at your next Tough Mudder!


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New 2015 Obstacles

Leap Of Faith

A simple running jump to the cargo net, then crawl up.

Tough Rating 2/5
Fear Factor 3/5

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Cry Baby

The most talked about obstacle over the last few days which many thought was actually a PR gimmick. Designed to test mental grit Tough Mudder will pump ‘Tear Gas like’ gas into a chamber to make your eyes sting.  We’re pretty sure it’s not Tear Gas… but a uniquely combined Tough Mudder formed gas.

Tough Rating 2/5
Fear Factor 4/5

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Shawshanked

An obstacle that we saw at World’s Toughest Mudder whereby participants crawl up a large drainpipe and fall out the end into deep water.

Tough Rating 2/5
Fear Factor 2/5

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Birth Canal

Redefining obstacles the Birth Canal will have water stacked above as you force your way through.

Tough Rating 2/5
Fear Factor 1/5

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The Liberator

A hugely exciting obstacle, and one that was used at World’d Toughest Mudder, conquer a 10ft A frame using just pegs and a rope. Peg your way up and rope your way down. Shimmying your body is key on this one as well as upper body strength.

Tough Rating 4/5
Fear Factor 2/5

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The Hangover

Perhaps not a completely new obstacle to many with many used to the incline walls but this is steep!

Tough Rating 4/5
Fear Factor 2/5

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King Of The Swings

Jump from the edge and swing for the rope. Hold on long enough and swing to hit or kick the bell. Although TM say this will be at ‘select events’ so you need to be lucky to get on this one.

Tough Rating 5/5
Fear Factor 5/5

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Ring of Fire

Climb the pole wrapped in fire with nothing but a plunge pool beneath…

Tough Rating 3/5
Fear Factor 4/5

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Mudder Legion: Dead Ringer

For Legions only, those that already have a headband, navigate your way across the hooks only armed with two rings, Ninja Warrior style.

Tough Rating 5/5
Fear Factor 3/5

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And Updated For 2015…

Hold Your Timber – Carry your timber, under and through obstacles

Kiss Of Mud – This obstacle is no longer crawling over flat land, now you have to avoid over-head barbed wire whilst crawling over trenches and hay bales.

Electro Shock Therapy 2.0 –  Colour coded ‘hot zones’ which houses wires with increased voltage.

Everest 2.0 – This just got better and tougher than ever! Think it was slippy before? Now with added water

Mud Mile – Double the mud and now waist deep

Arctic Enima 2.0 -No longer just an ice bath the updated edition forces you down a short slide, under a claustrophobic fence!

Funky Monkey 2.0 – Not your usual monkey bars, swing on the trapez bars to get your way across

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Updated for 2015 – (left to right) – Timber, Arctic Enema 2.0, Everest 2.0 and Funky Monkey 2.0

 

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December 30, 2014
Details

Where?

Cholmondeley Estates, Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire near Malpas, SY14 8EZ

When?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Event Profile

Race Type

Obstacle Course  

Distance

10 miles  

Level

Fairly Tough  

Minimum Age

 

Start Time

 

Chip Timing?

No  

Entry Fee

70+  

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