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What you need to know about Obstacle Races

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) involves a competitor travelling on foot overcoming various physical challenges or obstacles. The most common form of these are a combination of mud and trail runs, and the big players in the space are Tough Mudder, Spartan Race & Born Survivor.

Different obstacle event types

The obstacles used are often similar to those used in military training and tend to include climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, crawling under barbed wire and jumping through fire. They’re epic when done with friends, and these events are big on the social side so get a team together, get the war paint on and get ready for big celebrations and post-race beers.

Find the right obstacle race for you

These obstacle races are happening all over the world, with varying style and difficulty, so it’s time to jump on that bandwagon! Here are some of our most popular events, if you haven’t done one before, you absolutely must.

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Situated just outside of Dublin, Naas is truly a wonderful town. With historical structures and beautiful waterways, individual Spartans and families alike will be able to take in the sights of a traditional Irish town.

The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 5-6 Km Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you cant do it, youre wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

Spartan Race – Ireland Sprint and Super Weekend

County Kildare, IE
4 races
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Were coming back to Tuxedo Ridge for a 7th year and we couldnt be more excited.

You dont want to miss this 3+ mile Sprint course that features constant waves of inclines and declines, technical terrain and 20+ Spartan obstacles that will test both your mental and physical stamina.

Spartan Race – Tri-State New York Sprint Weekend

Tuxedo Park, New York, US
2 races
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Mud Monsters Run have three different distances for you to pick from 5km, 10km or 20km (double lap). Whichever you choose you will be taken on an amazing muddy journey across muddy fields, up steep hills, through woods, washing off in river crossings, navigating through mud craters, fighting your way through deep muddy bogs, with up to 120+ obstacles and many more muddy surprises along the way.

This run takes place on Sunday 03 June 2018 at our permanent site in the beautiful Sussex Countryside just 5 minutes from the centre of East Grinstead (RH19 4RR see below for full address and map). The start waves begin at 10am and go every 15 minutes well into the afternoon, we restrict the number of runners per wave so make sure you sign up to your preferred time before it sells out!

Mud Monsters Run – June

East Grinstead, West Sussex, GB
3 races
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After a very successful 2017 event, which saw record funds being raised for the villagers during their 100 year celebrations, 2018 sees the return of the Whiteley Village Races. Set in the beautiful and tranquil 230 acre grounds of the Whiteley Village in Surrey. The Whiteley Village Races offer events for all the family.
Why not come along, take part, have loads of fun and, in the process, help us to beat last years donation?

Each participant will receive a medal, and there are prizes for the winners.

On offer are the following:
10km Off-Road Running event with chip timing
5km Off-Road Running event with chip timing
2.5km Youth Run
1km Junior Fun Run
5km Alms Obstacle Challenge
Junior Scoot/Bike/Run (350m/250m/350m)
5km Walk

The Obstacle Race is an Off-Road route, broken up by 7 or 8 Challenging Obstacles. Enter as an individual, or in teams of 2 or 4. To avoid congestion on the obstacles, competitors will be set off at timed intervals. Why not do the Obstacle Race in Fancy Dress?

Changing facilities, toilets, parking, refreshments are all on site

Whiteley Village Races

Hersham, Surrey, GB
1 race
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Gung-Ho! in Birmingham. Get ready to be Gung-Ho! and run the biggest 5k in the World! Gung-Ho! is open to all, sign up to enjoy the most epic inflatable obstacles on the planet.

Gung-Ho! – Birmingham

Rednal, West Midlands, GB
1 race
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Awesome Venue, Exciting New Course

Tough Mudder Scotland will be back at Drumlanrig Castle yet again in 2018. Once again, we will be taking things to a whole new level. Featuring epic amounts of mud, crazy new obstacles and more twists and turns than ever before. This course will keep you and your teammates guessing until you cross that finish line.

10 Miles, 20+ Obstacles

We're taking the gut-busting hills, dark wooded trails, and that epic Drumlanrig Castle mud and turning it into a Mudder dreamscape. Get your team together, you're going to need all the help you can get.

Tough Mudder – Scotland

Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway, GB
7 races
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8 hours, starting at midnight, filled with mud and obstacles so tough, so extreme you'll wonder why you signed up in the first place. We're pumped to bring a second Toughest Mudder to the UK. This time in Scotland. We'll be taking it to the next level with another crazy iteration of the overnight obstacle feast designed to push you to your limits.

We'll be taking all the mind-numbing terrain and ghastly trails that Drumlanrig Castle has to offer and make you spend 8-hours dragging yourself up and down this course. Get ready to experience the Toughest thing ever to come to Scotland. Step the F*ck Up.

Europe’s Toughest Mudder – Scotland

Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway, GB
1 race
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RunFearless is the UKs hottest new obstacle mud run, followed by the almighty Aprs-Mud Afterparty! Set within the stunning ancient Donington Park Estate on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire county border. Put yourself to the test over the courses natural and man-made obstacles, wade through untouched marshland, and scale some extremely slippery slopes! Soak up the festival atmosphere in the RunFearless Village, celebrate your success at the Aprs-Mud Afterparty, and stay for the weekend at our top notch campsite Base Camp!

The RunFearless Village is set within the beautiful surrounds of the Ancient Donington Estate Deer Park, with views across Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and is the hub of RunFearless. Spectators entry to the RunFearless Village is free of charge, and theres plenty to keep them entertained while the Fearless Runners are putting themselves to the test on the course.

In The RunFearless Village you will find everything you need to get you to the start line, including the registration tent, cloakroom, and the start line itself! Then after youve crossed the finish line hose yourself down and get yourself a pint at The Muddy Arms pub which will be open all day. There will be a great selection of top quality food on offer, with our resident DJ spinning tunes throughout the day, so after youve defeated the course, catch your breath in the RunFearless Village and get ready for the Aprs-Mud Afterparty.


Hosted at The Muddy Arms pub in the RunFearless Village, the Aprs-Mud Afterparty is the perfect place to celebrate with your fellow Fearless Runners and spectators after your hard work on the RunFearless course! Therell be live DJ sets and the bar will be open until 11pm. For those staying at Base Camp, the party doesnt have to stop there, as the Base Camp Bar will be open until 2am.

Each RunFearless entry ticket includes free entry to the Aprs-Mud Afterparty, and for 2018 we are also offering free entry for spectators. Why not make a night of it and book yourselves a space at Base Camp for the evening. Skullys Shuttle is free of charge and will be running between Base Camp and the Aprs-Mud Afterparty all night, so no need to worry about getting back to your tent after youve had a drink.

Base Camp is the neighbouring campsite to the RunFearless Village providing overnight accommodation EXCLUSIVELY to RunFearless entrants and supporters. Base Camp is situated at Park Farmhouse Hotels purpose-built campsite, and offers fantastic facilities including hot showers and toilet blocks as well as hard standing pitches and electric hook up for campervans and caravans.

The RunFearless shuttle bus (Skullys Shuttle) will be doing constant trips between the RunFearless Village and Base Camp, so if you park at Base Camp the RunFearless site is very easily accessible (its a 5 minute journey across the estate).

The Base Camp Grill will be open for breakfast from 7am until 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and will be serving hot food from 7pm until 10pm on Friday 22nd. The Base Camp Bar will also be open on Friday night from 7pm, and for anyone who wants to keep the party going after the Aprs-Mud Afterparty has finished on Saturday, the bar will be open for Base Camp residents from 11pm until 2am.

Your Base Camp ticket includes parking next to your camping pitch. If you chose to drive up to the RunFearless Car Park there is a 5 parking fee per car. Skullys Shuttle is free of charge to use from Base Camp to The RunFearless Village.


Derby, GB
1 race
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Gung-Ho! in Chester Racecourse. Get ready to be Gung-Ho! and run the biggest 5k in the World! Gung-Ho! is open to all, sign up to enjoy the most epic inflatable obstacles on the planet.

Do the 5k and take on ten of the greatest inflatable obstacles on the planet! We have the world's largest inflatable obstacle and our finale is Europes biggest ever inflatable slide! You could be Gung-Ho! for BBC Children in Need, our national charity partner.

Gung-Ho! – Chester Racecourse

Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, GB
1 race
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We return to Aston Down Airfield with an expanded event list. This hilly terrain greatly increases the difficulty of the race; many commented last year that the Super felt more like a Beast.

Prepare for a relentless barrage of short climbs, alongside the traditional crawls, climbs and carries that make up our unique obstacle races. This will be the perfect training ground for Edinburgh which might be even tougher.

You will need to spend plenty of time training in the hills to get your body ready for this race, and make it across the finish line. Your legs will be screaming by the time you make it across the finish line.

If you love running up hills you will want to be here at Aston Down, with a Sprint, Super, and Hurricane Heat - brand new to the UK - on offer.

Spartan Race – South West Super & Sprint Weekend

4 races
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In 2018 we've added a brand new venue to our repertoire of awesome events. Tough Mudder London North will be a brand new course, featuring the unmistakable combination of classic obstacles, innovative challenges, and mud that is yet to see thousands of Mudders, all a short train ride out of London.

A brand spanking new course means a new challenge for even the most experienced Mudders. The site might be different but the vibe is still the same, with plenty of boundary-pushing obstacles, mud, and teamwork on offer, you won't want to miss out on this headband.

Tough Mudder Weekend – London North

Bridens Camp, Hertfordshire, GB
7 races
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Gung-Ho! in Kent. Get ready to be Gung-Ho! and run the biggest 5k in the World! Gung-Ho! is open to all, sign up to enjoy the most epic inflatable obstacles on the planet.

Gung-Ho! – Kent

West Kingsdown, Kent, GB
1 race

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