Because one sporting discipline alone isn’t challenge enough!
OF THE BEST MULTI-EVENT RACES ROUGH RUNNER OCR SERIES
If you’ve ever fancied your chances at TV obstacle challenges such as Total Wipeout, Gladiators or Takeshi’s Castle, then Rough Runner has been designed for you. A gameshow-inspired outdoor obstacle course race, there are 5km, 10km and 15km options, and the organisers promise it’s suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. Expect inflatable balls to run across, gym rings suspended across muddy water, padded bollards knocking you off course and even a Gladiators-style ‘travelator’ to finish you off. Events take place in Oxfordshire, Manchester, Edinburgh and London from June to October. Entries from £42, roughrunner.com.
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3 QUEST ADVENTURE RACE SERIES
Adventure racing is soaring in popularity, and we’re calling it the must-try challenge of 2019! It’ll take you to stunning locations to combine trail running, cycling and kayaking – a triathlon with a difference that’s fun and accessible for all (you don’t need your own kayak and even bikes can be hired). Quest has a series of adventure races taking place this season, the first is in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, on June 8. If that’s too soon to get your training in (see box), how about heading to Ireland for the Lough Derg event on September 14, or Quest’s flagship race in Killarney on October 12? Each event has routes of differing lengths (22-83km), with the shorter options being suited to anyone who can run 10km. You’ll be rewarded for your exertions with a fourth event – the evening-after party. Entries from around £67, questadventureseries.com.
SNOWSTORMER OCR SERIES
We know what you’re thinking, it’s a bit early to be writing about winter races. But no, this is a year-round, snow-based obstacle run, kicking off at Milton Keynes Snozone on July 20. Founded on the principles of Arctic training (running in sub-zero temperatures makes you work at higher intensity and burn more calories), it’s designed to appeal to runners and OC racers who want a new challenge, as much as snowsports enthusiasts who want their hit in summer. The 5km course is set over a 15-degree incline, with 25 obstacles, and is said to feel more like a 10km+ expedition. Further events are at Castleford Snozone in Yorkshire on August 10, and Manchester Chill Factore on September 28. Entries from £76, snowstormer.co.uk.
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