The original obstacle race Tough Guy took place this weekend with over 2,000 participants taking part. Although warmer than last year, runners braved the muddy wet conditions and strong wind throughout the 15km course.
This year’s winner travelled from Germany to claim the world famous title of Toughest Guy. Charles Franzke, of team Getting Tough, finished first in 1hr 29mins, over a minute ahead of second place Paul Jones. Another fellow German, Felix Baiker also of Getting Tough finished in third place. The first female, Friederike Feil, also German, finished in 1 hour 54mins. 59th overall she was over 13 minutes ahead of second female Katrin-Stefanie Nussbaum, with Krystina Warrington finishing in third place.
Speaking to Muddy Race, Charles, 21 years old from Saalfeld, Germany, praised the crowd for their support and stated how he changed his training to improve on last year.
The race was very tough, but the mass of spectators was unbelievable. This year I switched my training, to include more strength and trained more specific for competitions like Tough Guy. I spent all year aiming for events similar to try to recreate the race experience.
The first British man in last year’s US Spartan Race World Championship and previous Tough Guy winner, James Appleton, finished in 4th place overall. A total of over 30 nationalities took part in the 28th annual event at the obstacle farm in Wolverhampton, which consists of a 15km run and a 25 heavy obstacle course at the end entitled ‘The Killing Fields’.
The German domination has continued with German Knut Hoehler winning for the last three years and five of the top twenty representing Germany.
Big congratulations to Chris Lamb, our race reviewer and training plan writer, who finished 29th, in his first Winter Tough Guy.