Rough Runner – London North

Sat 7th Sep 2019
9A Endymion Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 1EE, UK
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Tickets £15–£61, charity places available


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Rough Runner is back in the city, returning to Finsbury Park, where well be hosting our 5km and 10km obstacle routes within spitting distance of the Tube.

Its no easy feat, but we manage to bring a full range of massive, awesome obstacles onto a public common and stage the biggest urban obstacle event in the country. If youre a Londoner, you really dont want to miss this

Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshis Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect sweeper arms, gym rings, big balls and yes, The Travelator.

In 2019 Rough Runner brings back its awesome course especially for kids the Roughian Rascals Mile!

Featuring a set of challenging but child-friendly obstacles, built for adventure-seeking kids! Its the perfect introduction to obstacle events for kids from roughly 7-12 years old.

Great for the next family adventure to get young Roughians out and about, enjoying the outdoors!

Distances in this event

  1. 10km - Saturday

    Run 10km
    9:00am Sat 7th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. 5km - Saturday

    Run 5km
    9:00am Sat 7th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  3. 10km - Sunday

    Run 10km
    9:00am Sun 8th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  4. 5km - Sunday

    Run 5km
    9:00am Sun 8th Sep 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  5. Saturday Roughian Rascals 7 To 12

    Run 1mi
    Sat 7th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
  6. Sunday Roughian Rascals 7 To 12

    Run 1mi
    Sun 8th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
What’s Included

Entry Fees include:

  • Free bag drop service.
  • You’ll also get a free medal.
  • We won’t be throwing in a cheap cotton T-shirt – we dropped our ticket prices instead. (We do, however, have a much higher quality, sexy, technical T-shirt available for a mere £17.50, which you can get at the checkout when you buy your ticket. For those that miss the boat you can also get them on the day of the event, but expect to pay a little extra!)
  • Free Roughian wristband.
  • Course Details

    We’ll have a 5km route with 10 obstacles and a 10km route with 15 obstacles if you’re up for the toughest challenge. Best of all, everyone who joins us for the game show-inspired journey will cross the Travelator at the finish line. So you can consider that particular childhood dream fulfilled.

    So whether you’re new to Rough Runner or have been before, this is your only chance to take on our epic obstacles in the heart of the city. We know of no other event which brings a range of obstacles so massive, so ambitious, and so much fun into the center of the capital.

    Raceday Logistics

    Start times will be from around 9am through to approx 3pm, and we will advise you of your start time about 7 – 10 days prior to the event date.

    There’s a secure bag drop in the runners’ village, free of charge for participants. Though it is used at each participants’ own risk.

    We take no responsibility or liability for anyone’s belongings left in the bag drop.

    Also, although it’s in a marquee the ground can become muddy, so don’t bring your Gucci hangbags or fancy gear! They may well get muddy!



    We don’t offer car parking at our Finsbury event, as there are 2 overground and 2 underground stations within a stones throw from the event village.

    And there is simply not enough space! So don’t drive!

    It’ll be tricky to find parking nearby, it’ll probably be expensive, and who wants to navigate weekend traffic in London anyway?

    Hence we don’t recommend driving – Finsbury Park is so easily accessible by the overground, underground and bus network!

    If you do need to drive, then you’ll simply have to find a parking meter or car park nearby.

    Getting There

    By train, your best bet is Finsbury Park, Haringey or Haringey Green Lanes, which are each from 2-5 mins walk.

    Finsbury Park or Manor House underground stations are even closer – both about a 2 minute walk.

    By bus, there are about a dozen routes that will put you within throwing distance of the Park, so your best bet is to check the tfl.gov.uk website and find the best for you.

    Don’t forget to check transport times beforehand in case of a strike or disruption.

    Kit List

    Wear appropriate gear for the weather and conditions.

    1. Spikes WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. We have obstacles that spikes can cause damage to and we don’t want to take any risks. Your shoes will be checked before you race. Note that spikes also include football boots with “studs”. If you haven’t got shoes without spikes, be prepared to run barefoot!

    2. Suitable clothing. This is up to you, but we’d suggest a warm change of clothes for after the event and gloves to use during (for all those nets and ropes). You will get muddy, and so will your trainers, so don’t wear anything you are particularly precious about!

    Things you’ll need to bring:

    1. A print out of your ticket, a signed waiver, and photo ID. You can’t race without!

    2. Cash for food and drinks on site – card payment machines out in the countryside can be temperamental. Car parking is £5 cash on the day.


    There is free access to the event for all spectators, except for a £5 parking fee if driving separately. We want to encourage our Roughians to bring their friends and families to see them take on The Travelator at the finish line, and don’t feel the need to charge for it!


    Our Marshals take on very important roles, guiding our runners through the obstacles and around the route, and of course providing encouragement and support all along the way!

    Volunteer shifts generally run between 7am – 4/5/6pm, with details to be confirmed 1-2 weeks before the race date.

    As a member of our Volunteer team, you will receive the following items as thanks helping us run this truly epic event!;

    – Free Rough Runner high quality technical t-shirt
    – Free lunch
    – Free tea & coffee
    – Free entry to a future race

    Or if you’re feeling generous, you can choose to give your ticket to someone else, and let them race the event whilst you’re volunteering. Don’t worry, you still get the T-shirt and other free stuff!


    What's the minimum age?

    The minimum age for all Rough Runner events is 16 years old at the time of the event.

    This is for insurance reasons.

    Are dogs allowed?

    In most cases Dogs aren't allowed, however, each venue we operate at have their own policies. Please drop an email to [email protected] to inquire. As much as we love our furry friends, there is often livestock around and we try to respect the venue owners' wishes as much as possible.

    Any dogs that are brought to events, guide dogs or otherwise must be kept on leads at all times, and any foul must be picked up and disposed of properly!

    Have you got showers?

    There are hot showers at most of our events. Please email us if you'd like to check!

    To help raise money for our chosen charity, The Stroke Association, there's a minimal charge.

    We strongly urge you to bring a towel and a fresh change of dry clothes! If it's hot you'll be sweaty, if it's wet you'll be muddy! Either way, it's much nicer to have a drink at the bar if you're feeling fresh!

    Have you got changing rooms?

    We have changing facilities, but it’s basic – literally a marquee tent, one for men, and one for women. There’s nothing inside them

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