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Rough Runner – Oxfordshire

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Hold on to your seats, this event is going to be wild. Inspired by hit TV shows like Takeshi's Castle and Wipeout, and with 5K, 10K and 15K route options, this event has something for everyone. So lace up your shoes and get ready to race thousands across these epic obstacles.

Review summary

7 Reviews
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Chris B
"A fun course but were issues with queuing at obstacles and a few failures of..."


James H
"course was great, but there were quite a few queues for the obastacles. maybe..."


Tara H
"Good course!! A little tame in terms of some of the obstacles but enjoyable..."
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How to enter the Rough Runner – Oxfordshire

  1. 15K - Saturday

    Run 15km
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  2. 10K - Saturday

    Run 10km
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  3. 5K - Saturday

    Run 5km
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  4. 15K - Sunday

    Run 15km
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  5. 10km - Sunday

    Run 10km
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  6. 5km - Sunday

    Run 5km
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  7. Roughian Rascals - Saturday

    Run 1mi
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  8. Roughian Rascals - Sunday

    Run 1mi
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Rough Runner – Oxfordshire routes

With three racing options to choose from plus one for the little ones in your family (Roughian Rascals), this event will surely keep everyone in the family happy. The unique obstacle course combines the best elements of your favourite TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout and Ninja Warrior.

5K Route: 10 creative obstacles that you won't have seen before with 500M between them. This event is for those just looking for a bit of fun.

10K Route: 15 unique obstacles and about 750M between them, this combines tons of fun with a little more challenge.

15K Route: For the big dogs. With 20 obstacles and 500 - 1000M between each one this is the most challenging of the Rough Runner courses and should not be scoffed at.

Kids Route: The Roughian Rascals is a shortened version thats perfect for the little ones.

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 - Rolling starts

15:00 - Final wave finishes

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of your event to get registered, and warmed up. Please also note that your starting wave time will be sent out in the days prior to the race so keep an eye on your email inbox.

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

How is Rough Runner different from other obstacle races?
This is a game show orientated obstacle race, so it has shifted away from traditional military style obstacles to more TV-show obstacles like 'Wipeout'. It makes for some epic viewing and post-race photos.
Can I upgrade my Rough Runner ticket to a different distance?
Yes – the easiest way to do this is on event day, where you just need to pay £10 to upgrade your route during registration (or £20 if you’re going from 5km to 15km).
Can I transfer my Rough Runner Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire?
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 Oxfordshire?
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 Oxfordshire?
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 Oxfordshire?
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.

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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.



Rough Runner – Oxfordshire reviews (7)

4.4 out of 5 stars

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    Tom C

    Did the 15K - Saturday in 2019

    Definitely the best obstacle event I've ever done! Far more interesting obstacles than most, great scenery, really friendly and well organised, and much better value than some other events out there. Will be coming back this year!
  • Did the 15K - Saturday in 2019

    Really really fun day out! quite a few queues for the obstacles but other than that no complaints at all
  • Did the 15K - Saturday in 2018

    my first obstacle race and really enjoyed it. I ran it with my boyfriend who was amazing at dragging me round!
  • Did the 15K - Saturday in 2019

    I foolishly went out the night before so I found it tougher than I should have! But I just about made it round and had a good laugh.
  • Did the 15K - Saturday in 2019

    Good course!! A little tame in terms of some of the obstacles but enjoyable anyway. lots of other racers there are really friendly!
  • Did the 10K - Saturday in 2019

    course was great, but there were quite a few queues for the obastacles. maybe spacing the start times out a little more could be good for that?
  • Did the 10km - Sunday in 2016

    A fun course but were issues with queuing at obstacles and a few failures of pumps/blowers for inflatable obstacles a
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