6 of the best: obstacle races

If it's mud, sweat and tears you're after, you'll find it in these races

Wild Warrior – Derbyshire (21 September)

Set in the Derbyshire hill countryside, Wild Warrior sees runners attack grueling obstacles such as tightropes, tunnels, swamps, water slides and quicksand around two laps of a 5km route. Part of the AAA adventure series Wild Thing, they also throw in two back-breaking assault courses at the mid-way point and at the end to truly test your strength.

wild warrior

Major Series – Tunbridge Wells (4 October)

Races don’t come much more challenging – or fun – than the Major Series. Participants are put through their paces by the Major’s finest troops, who’ll be on hand to help (or hinder) you on your way around the course. Runners can choose between a 5-6km or 10-12km route with prices floating around the £50 mark.

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Tough Guy – Wolverhampton (1 February, 2015)

One of the most famous adventure races in the UK, Tough Guy attracts over 5,000 participants to each event. Boasting more than 200 obstacles, its excruciating 15km course is designed to test you to the very limit. Packed with waterslides, tightropes, electrical tentacles, mud swamps, tunnels and a torture chamber, Tough Guy is the masochist’s obstacle race of choice.

tough guy

Tough Mudder – London South (25 & 26 October)

One of the toughest obstacle events in the world, the US-originated Tough Mudder is not for the faint-hearted. Electroshock therapy, 10-foot-high walls, trenches, monkey bars, haystack climbing and cage crawling are just some of the things that await those brave/stupid enough to sign up. Sound like fun? This is the race for you.

2012 Tough Mudder Extreme Endurance Challenge

Zombie Evacuation Race – Cambridge (25 October)

Not as strenuous as some of its competitors but every bit as terrifying, Zombie Evacuation sees you chaed by hordes of the living dead as you make your way through its 5km course. Entrants are equipped with ‘three lives’, attached to their running belt, which the zombies are looking to grab. No wonder its tagline is, ‘Only the fittest will survive.’

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Winter Wolf – Leicestershire (1 & 2 November)

This off-road 10K course sees runners come up against the finest man-made and natural obstacles that Leicestershire has to offer. So alongside the usual candidates – high walls, tunnels, ropes – are more organic obstacles: icy lakes, muddy bogs, fallen trees and steep hills. Get back to nature with this wild, wintry wonder.

winter wolf

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