From mudtastic obstacle courses to full-on adventure races across the Lake District, here’s five tough races that will seriously test your mettle. 99.9 percent need not apply.
1. The Mudnificent Seven
Seven obstacle courses in one at Mudnificent 7
When: 1 August
Where: Fillongley, Warwickshire
What: A world first: seven of the UK’s top obstacle race organisers, including Tough Guy and Aztec Warrior, design a 7km obstacle race. Based at Heart Park and divided into 1km zones, expect some of the most exciting and toughest obstacles in the UK. Prices start at £27.50 including
a medal, T-shirt and timing.
2. The Ultra Tour of the Peak District
When: 15 August
What: The main event in the Dig Deep weekend of racing, based at Whirlow Farm in Sheffield. The 60-mile route takes in 2,772m of ascent, covering some of the most scenic but challenging routes in the Peak District, and navigation skills are essential (there’s been a high drop-out rate in previous years!). There’s also a 30-mile ‘Intro Ultra’ for those looking to enter the hardy world of ultra-marathon running
3. The Coast to Coast Adventure Race
When: 28-31 August
Where: St Bees, Cumbria
What: A true self-supported adventure race where teams of three and solo entrants will have to mountain bike, kayak, open-water swim, run and navigate their way across Wainwright’s classic Coast to Coast route, starting in St Bees in Cumbria and ending in Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Overnight stops include campsites and showers.
4. Man vs Mountain
Take on a 20-mile race over Snowdon in the Man vs Mountain Challenge
When: 5 September
Where: Caernarfon, Wales
What: A 20-mile race that will pit you against the brutal gradients and harsh conditions of beautiful Mount Snowdon. Starting at Caernarfon Castle, the race over Wales’ highest mountain also includes the ‘All Out Vertical Kilometre’, a guided abseil, along with the usual mix of land and water-based obstacles we’d expect organisers Rat Race to put on.
5. Rat Race Coast to Coast