The UK’s Top 10 Obstacle Races
One of the first big events in the UK with around 3,000 competitors at each event. It’s a well organised event and very much in your face. The race is fairly tough at around 12km, but can get very busy at the obstacles so you can get held up. If you’re looking for a personal best then try to get in the early waves. The run features some great obstacles and really is a great race, including running through the steps of Nottingham Forest FC ground at the 8k mark, swimming across the River Trent, jumping through inflatable’s and the usual muddy assault course. It’s quite expensive at around £40 but you do get a nice t-shirt and some good freebies at the end. Well worth a go and perfect for your first adventure. They offer races across Nottingham, London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Usually around September.
Part of the AAA adventure series the Wild Thing is certainly wild. Set in the Derby hilly countryside it includes a water slide running through a mud swamp and cross country running. There’s 2 laps of a 5k route, which make it extra hard but also enjoyable. The assault course half way and at the end really put you through you paces. They offer a early bird discount, which if you sign up for all 3 events you get one free, at just £20 each. Look out for Mad Monk and Water Wipeout too. A real test for all you adventure racers. Usually around September.
3. Tough Guy
No adventure list would be complete without it. Love it or hate it, Tough Guy is one of the most famous adventure races and is very popular. It has around 25 obstacles in total along the wet muddy route. It’s is one of the more expensive and commercial races with thousands of entrants each year.
4. Major Series
Described as smoke, water, obstacles, dirt, mud, hills and related to the British Military Fitness it certainly isn’t an easy contest. There’s three events to choose from in the North, South and Midlands all around £20 which is a bargain. With a varied course competitors make their way through muddy bogs, ditches, trenches, off road trails and hay stacks. Usually around October.
5. Tough Mudder
They claim it’s the toughest event on the planet, we think they could be right with crawling, climbing, running and swimming all on the agenda. Originating from the US, it’s big and bold as you’d expect with 3 events planned for 2012 and 9 in 2013 this is going to be big! The events are 10 miles long and are probably the toughest in the races scene with most adventure races and assault courses around 10k. Check out the training video for some, errr, tips.. All in all this isnt for the faint hearted and I am slowly plucking up the courage to do it 2013.
6. Spartan Race
The Spartan Races come in two forms; Spartan Sprint and Super Spartan. They claim to be the global leader of obstacle course events since 200. The Spartan Sprint are shorter obstacle races and usually around 3 miles long with 10 obstacles. The Super Spartan is 8 miles long and the ven longer Spartan Beast is at 10 -13 miles long.
Described as 10 miles of challenging off road running in the Lake District. These event is seriously tough will lots of hills and obstacles to overcome. There is also a 10km option.
The mudrunner events are great because they offer three events; cross country, a duathlon and an obstacle course. Known as the Icebreaker and The Classic. Oblivion’s the event for obstacles in late April and costs £27.50. If you’re into mountain biking the Icebreaker duathlon is worth a go which incorporates the Classic with a 20km bike ride!
This is a new race for 2012 but we were invited to run the route last week and it certainly has the right to be in the top 10. The course is set on the very hilly Dunstable Downs which has 3 large steep hills to overcome as long as numerous obstacles along the way.
10.The Wolf Run
Based in Leamington Spa The WOLF Run is an innovative off-road 10K obstacle run that provides a unique mix of running trails through woodland, open ground and water, alongside a series of challenging natural and man-made obstacles to test strength, ingenuity and determination.
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