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Rough Runner – Manchester

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Inspired by the smash hit TV shows like Wipeout and Takeshi's Castle, this obstacle course will provide stories for years to come. With 10K, 5K and Rascal options there is something here for everybody. So grab your shoes and get down to earn your finisher's medal.

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How to enter the Rough Runner – Manchester

  1. 2.5K - Saturday

    Run 2.5km
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  2. 5K - Saturday

    Run 5km
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  3. 2.5K - Sunday

    Run 2.5km
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  4. 5K - Sunday

    Run 5km
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Rough Runner – Manchester routes

Rough Runner operates the U.K.'s only TV-inspired obstacle course that encapsulates those classics you see on Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout and Ninja Warrior.

2.5K Route: 12 unique obstacles as seen on TV, with 100 - 200 metres between each. This event is focused on having fun and getting round, not racing through and suffering as much pain as possible like some obstacle events.

5K Route: Follows the same route as the 2.5K course but completes two laps. This gives you two shots at each of the obstacles, so if you didn't get it right the first time then fear not - you have another opportunity.

Major Obstacles include: The Travelator, Revolution, Swept off your feet, Fearless Fall, Big Balls, and many others.

Please note: The 2.5K and 5K routes have a minimum age requirement of 16 years old. If you have children who are interested in taking part they are more than welcome on the Rascals Course.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Roughian wristband
  • Official event photography
  • Water all the way through the course
  • Bag drop
  • Changing facilities & toilet
Raceday Logistics


09:00 - Wave starts begin

15:00 - Last wave finishes

Start times will be on a rolling basis and information regarding your wave will be sent out to you in the days leading up to the event so please keep an eye on your emails.

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

Kit List

Please wear appropriate gear, classic running shoes and athletic clothing is ideal. Spiked shoes are strictly prohibited because they can destroy some of the obstacles. Be prepared to get wet and muddy.


There is free access to the event for all spectators, except for a £5 parking fee if driving separately. One of the best spots to cheer on Roughians is by The Travelator at the finish line.


Volunteers are always needed so if you are interested in signing up to help at one of these epic events, then please reach out to [email protected] to inquire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my Rough Runner Manchester ticket to a different day or a different event?
Yes, you will be charged the difference in ticket prices and these may increase as you get closer to the event so it works in your favour to sort this sooner rather than later. Send an email to [email protected] and they will set you up with a transfer code.
Can I transfer my Rough Runner ticket to someone else?
Yes, you can change the runner details on your ticket to ‘give’ it to someone else. You need to follow the link for your ticket in your original confirmation email, but if you’ve lost this then email [email protected] and they’ll be able to do it for you. Please note you will only be able to do this up to 10 days from the event after which time you will not be able to transfer.
What's the minimum age for the Rough Runner Manchester?
The minimum age for all Rough Runner events is 16 years old at the time of the event.
Are dogs allowed at the Rough Runner Manchester?
In most cases Dogs aren't allowed, however, each venue operator has their own policies. Please drop an email to [email protected] to inquire. 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. Please note that at some of these events there will be livestock in the area.
Have you got showers at the Rough Runner Manchester?
There are hot showers at most of our events. To help raise money for our chosen charity, The Stroke Association, there's a minimal charge. You are strongly urged 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 at the Rough Runner Manchester?
Yes, there will be changing facilities, but it’s basic – literally a marquee tent, one for men, and one for women. There’s nothing inside them.

Rough Runner – Manchester weather forecast

Rain until evening.

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Stunning runs in first class venues. Take on up to 20 epic, game show-inspired obstacles on a 5km, 10km or 15km course – a choice of distance to suit any level of fitness, and a perfect blend of challenge and entertainment. Our obstacles are all unique designs, taking inspiration from the well known and well-loved TV game shows like Gladiators, Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior.

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Rough Runner – Manchester reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the event in 2016

    Such a fun race to enter..quite a bit off running in between obstacles which was perfect as it prevented big ques. Perfect race for beginners to obstacle races
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